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Sea Moss is the latest craze in health trends, nutritional fads and sold-out supplements. And for good reason.

Claiming to help with various aspects of health Sea Moss is the latest addition to daily routines everywhere and is booming in popularity.

Let’s take a look at this latest must-have supplement.

What is the difference between Irish Moss and Sea Moss?

Irish Moss and Sea Moss are saltwater (marine) vegetable/ macro-algae. At Organic Choice, we stock two types of Sea Moss, Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus) and Sea Moss (Eucheuma Spinosum). Across the board, both types are harvested to be consumed as a health supplement in various forms.

Irish Moss 

Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus) grows alongside North America’s and Europe’s Atlantic coastline, where waters are generally cooler. It resembles small, curly, leafy lettuce with colours varying from yellow-green to dark red-purple.

Sea Moss

Sea Moss (Eucheuma Spinosum) is sourced from the coasts of Central Africa, where waters are warmer. It has thinner string-like structures with golden-green to red-dark-purple colours.

#Trending

The topic of Irish Sea Moss recently blew up across social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

Sea Moss smoothies and gels are trending, and influencers can be seen across trending posts attributing significant health’ glow ups’ to this supplement.

The Nutritional Value of Sea Moss

Sea Moss is a marine plant that is an excellent source of iodine which is essential for thyroid health.

It also contains various minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining good heart and brain health. The omega-3 fatty acids in Sea Moss can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of heart disease and blood clots.

Sea Moss is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and zinc, aiding in healthy heart function and maintaining normal blood pressure. It is also high in antioxidants, has a small amount of plant protein, and is overall low in fat and calories.

Sea Moss has an excellent nutritional profile, being high in minerals and vitamins such as:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Iron

It must be noted that Sea Moss should be consumed in moderation, and incorporating it as a supplement doesn’t substitute a healthy, balanced diet.

The Health Benefits of Sea Moss

Taking Sea Moss as a supplement comes with a range of health benefits. From radiant skin to better digestion, Sea Moss can offer everyone something. When taken as a supplement, it may:

Support gut health

It is naturally a prebiotic, high-fibre food that helps good bacteria grow in the gut. All types of Sea Moss contain a beneficial kind of fibre that helps promote good gut health by sustaining a balanced ecosystem.

Boost the immune system

Sea Moss contains nutrients that help maintain good immune function, such as potassium chloride, which helps reduce inflammation in the body. Taking it as a supplement can also lower the risk of infection in the body by having a good overall effect on the immune system.

Be a great source of iodine

It contains optimal levels of iodine, which can be beneficial as it is an essential nutrient for good thyroid health. Iodine aids in producing the hormones required to control the nerves and metabolism and contribute to bone growth. 

Aid in weight loss

It aids in weight loss by regulating blood sugar levels and helping boost metabolism. Sea Moss contains a compound called carrageenan, which our bodies cannot digest. This allows it to act as a soluble digestive fibre, slowing digestion and allowing us to feel full for longer, eating less frequently.

Boost skin health

It contains nutrients that help skin glow from the inside out. Sea Moss can aid in producing keratin and collagen, improving the skin’s elasticity. This can help prevent wrinkles and allow the skin to maintain a healthy glow.

Improve blood sugar control

Sea Moss can prevent blood sugar spikes and helps regulate blood sugar levels. It gets its colour from a carotenoid called fucoxanthin which could help regulate blood sugar levels by aiding the body’s insulin response.

Lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes

It contains nutrients that contribute to good heart and overall health. Sea Moss could aid in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease due to the high antioxidant value of the marine plant.

Aid in lowering cholesterol levels

It regulates blood pressure and promotes healthy heart function. Sea Moss contains compounds that aid in reducing LDL, namely the ‘bad’ cholesterol, which we aim to avoid. It also doubles up as a natural blood thinner, which aids in lowering the risk of heart disease and cholesterol.

Two-thirds of the immune system is located in the gut. By leading a healthy lifestyle with a diet consisting of nutrient-dense, high-fibre foods, we help feed the delicate and intricate ecosystem of a happy gut.

This is precisely what Sea Moss can do as a superfood supplement meeting this exact nutritional profile.

Phases of soaking sea moss to make sea moss gel

How To Take Sea Moss

For most of us wanting to incorporate Sea Moss into our daily routines, just one teaspoon of prepared Sea Moss gel daily is a great way to get started.

For those looking to take it for a specific health condition, you should inform a doctor or healthcare provider to ensure the correct dosage and use it followed. This would apply to those with high blood pressure, heart conditions or thyroid issues.

Sea Moss smoothies are the winner regarding the easiest and most sustainable way to incorporate marine superfoods daily. Here, the dried Sea Moss or Sea Moss gel/powder is blended into whatever smoothie is being made. It is unlikely that the taste would be altered as the various fruits and vegetables would mask any flavours.

Mix about a tablespoon and a bit into your smoothie mix for optimal results; the packaging or a healthcare provider, in some cases, should confirm this dosage.

However you choose to take it, keep in mind that you should always take Sea Moss with lots of water.

The Choice Is Yours

We stock Sea Moss in a range of different forms depending on what you would prefer. All packed with the same superfood benefits, dried Sea Moss or Sea Moss gel and capsules are all great options to incorporate as a daily supplement. Browse the full range of products and discover what Organic Choice can offer you.