THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF SEA MOSS
The Superfood of the Caribbean
HISTORY OF SEA MOSS
Sustenance of the Sea
Sea Moss, also known as Irish moss, is red algae which are found on rocks, pools, lower intertidal, and shallow subtidal waters. In the 19th century, Sea Moss was used as cattle feed, mattress stuffing, and thickener for colored inks that are used in printing. It was also used to treat respiratory ailments like pneumonia and tuberculosis, and became the primary source of nutrition during the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840’s. Today it is used in various products like toothpaste, lotions, creams and foodstuffs such as ice cream and yogurt. This ingredient has been used in the Caribbean for many years to make a traditional beverage that is known to increase fertility, or even given to babies and young children as a formula supplement. Eucheuma Cottonii (sea birds nest) , Gracilaria and Chondrus Crispus are some of the more popular species commercially available on the market today. The species, Eucheuma Cottonii and Gracilaria, grows abundantly in warmer waters and are the species you would see more commonly farmed in the Caribbean islands.When it comes to marine superfoods, the benefits of Sea Moss surpass almost every other algae. Here are some of the many ways consuming sea moss regularly can improve your daily bodily functions.
IMMUNE HEALTH SUPPORT
Natural Defense System
Sea Moss is packed with nutrients such as Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Manganese. It is also a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient that helps to dissolve inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes, which causes congestion. It contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents.
DIGESTIVE HEALTH SUPPORT
The Key to Gut Health
Sea Moss is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber. Studies show that it has prebiotic effects, leading to an increased production of helpful short-chain fatty acids in the colon, a reduction of detrimental bacteria in the gut, and improvements in overall gut health.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Sea Moss is high in potassium which is very helpful for moodiness, depression, and anxiety disorders. It has a range of B vitamins, which are well known for supporting the nervous system and reducing stress. Sea moss contains nutrients known for their neuroprotective effects, shielding the brain from the accumulation of a protein that is linked to neurodegeneration and the development of Parkinson's disease.
The Secret to Youthful Skin
Sea moss has collagen and antioxidants. These nutrients act as a soothing and healing agent to all mucous membranes which makes them excellent for skin! The algae can be used as a topical treatment for sunburns and rashes. In the Caribbean it is used to provide relief from skin ailments like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and varicose veins.
WEIGHT LOSS AND POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY
Take your Results Above and Beyond
Whether you embark on your fitness journey with a plant-based diet or not, it can be very difficult to retain the nutrients needed to see the best results from your workout routine. Sea moss contains a riboflavin (B2) and folate (B9), which helps the body retain the energy stored in food. It also contains arginine and alginate, which stimulates metabolism and suppresses the appetite. Sea moss is made up of collagen, which are agents that strengthen and repair the connective tissue. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help the body recover quickly after a workout.