Also called Irish Moss, Red Algae and Chondrus Crispus, you can use sea moss to thicken your smoothies and milk. It also makes delicious and nutritious custardy desserts!
But it’s the health benefits and effects associated with sea moss that are incredibly impressive. When you know that it contains 92 out of the 102 minerals that we carry in our bodies – including Iodine – it’s easier to accept this as the wonder ingredient it really is.
The iodine comes in a highly concentrated form in sea moss. Not only is it very helpful in dealing with radiation but it is also serious fuel for our thyroid and has been used as a treatment for all manner of thyroid disorders. Selenium is also there in abundance and is crucial for thyroid hormone production.
Thyroid health is perhaps among sea moss’s most undervalued benefits. Because it includes DI-Iodothyronine (DIT) a vital thyroid hormone precursor, along with the thyroid hormones Tri-iodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxin (T4), sea moss’s role in balancing the thyroid hormones is crucial.
If our thyroid wasn’t able to produce hormones it would have a seriously detrimental effect on our metabolism and many other of our body’s systems.
The thyroid gland contains the highest concentration of iodine of any organ in our body and it is not possible to make thyroid hormones without enough iodine.
The value of sea moss doesn’t stop there, because it is also crammed full of potassium, without which the cells of our bodies cannot function.
Sadly our bodies can’t store potassium, but adding sea moss to our diets can significantly enhance our mental functions (especially for kids with attention deficit disorder!) Sea moss can also help with anxiety disorders, moodiness, agitation, depression and fibromyalgia that causes pain all over the body.
An excellent source of a range of B vitamins, this moss is renowned for supporting our nervous systems and reducing stress. There is also evidence that sea moss has neuroprotective effects that shield our brains from build ups of the protein α-synuclein, which is linked to Parkinson’s disease.
Additional therapeutic value comes from sea moss containing algin, a phytonutrient that acts as a detoxifying agent, pulling heavy metals out of our body tissues.
As a superfood, sea moss is also extremely helpful in maintaining the health of the Pineal Gland. Located in the centermost part of the brain, between its two hemispheres, is the pineal gland, also called “the third eye” or “the mind’s eye”. It is a small endocrine gland shaped like a pine cone that acts as a pathway between our physical and metaphysical dimensions.
What the pineal gland does is release important biochemicals like Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), considered a prime catalyst for our higher states of consciousness and intuition.
What sea moss does is make sure that the pineal gland is prevented from becoming calcified or blocked. If this was allowed to happen it could result in us suffering:
- Delusions and confusion
- Impaired perceptions
- Depression and anxiety
- Bipolar disorder
With its gelatinous consistency sea moss acts as a soothing, healing agent. It’s wonderful for both external skin health and the shape of our internal digestive tracts. Recent research shows that the moss has prebiotic effects that lead to increased production of short-chain fatty acids in the colon, along with reducing detrimental bacteria in the gut, and enhancing our overall gut health and boosting our body’s immunity.
This immunity support means that sea moss is able to help with the relief and prevention of cold and flu symptoms all year round. The potassium chloride contained in the moss helps to remove catarrhs, that irritating inflammation and phlegm that gets blocked up in our mucous membranes and cause congestion.
Sea moss’s compounds act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents to further boost immunity and banish infections. It works like nature’s own cough syrup!
It’s also packed with amino acids, antioxidants and Vitamin C to boost our immune system and prevent damage to our cells. These also give the moss anti-tumour properties.
For generations, Irish Moss has been used in cultures that have developed living by the sea as a complete body nourishing tonic. People have consumed it on a regular basis to prevent Crohn’s disease flaring up as well as for thyroid health and to keep the body’s internal tissues healthy and to boost healthy skin.
Using Irish Moss
With its powerful flavour of the sea, it’s recommended to start using sea moss only in small amounts and in recipes where its taste can be disguised by other flavours. Among the most popular uses are:
- Blended soups
- One-pot meals and stews
- Salad dressings
- Nut milk
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