Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, red algae or Chondrus crispus, is a type of red algae that grows on the Atlantic coastlines of North America, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Chances are many people have not heard about it and the many health benefits it offers.
The Irish and Jamaicans have been using Irish Moss as medicine for many years to treat illnesses.
Helps With Food Digestion
Sea moss is a mucilaginous food. According to some studies it can increase beneficial short-chain fatty acids in the colon, get rid of bad bacteria in the gut, and improve overall gut health and immunity.
Improves Thyroid Function
Your thyroid needs iodine compounds to help it function as normal. Irish Moss contains DI-Iodothyronine in abundance which is used to treat thyroid disorders. It also contains high amounts of concentrated iodine, which your thyroid uses to make hormones that regulate your metabolism, digestion, mood, and more.
Helps Support Your Immune System
Irish Moss has been known to relieve and prevent symptoms of cold and flu as it contains Vitamin C and antioxidants (perfect for the cold weather we are experiencing recently).
Sea moss is a high source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrh (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It contains compounds that act as an antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to boost immunity and get rid of any infections.
Improve Emotional and Mental Health
High-potassium foods like sea moss can significantly improve behaviour, mental functioning fibromyalgia, moodiness, agitation, depression and anxiety disorders . Not only is Irish moss rich in potassium, but also Magnesium. Both are know to improve mood.
It is also known to support the nervous system and reduce stress due to the abundance of B Vitamins. Research indicates that sea moss may protect brain tissue from degeneration and Parkinson’s disease.
Nourish your Skin
People have been known to use sea moss masks to improve skin conditions such as soothe eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns, because of all the vitamins and minerals it is loaded with.
Studies have found a compound that can help improve cell growth and metabolism called that citrulline–arginine. Citrulline–arginine releases amino acids that are essential for protein and collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein that maintains smooth skin and silky hair.
So What Are The Side Effects of Irish Moss?
As with everything – too much of something can have negative side effects. The same can be said of Sea moss. Most of the adverse side effects of Irish moss is dependent on the person using it. For this reason, it’s advised that you consult your doctor before using any form of Irish moss.
It has Anticoagulant Properties
Sea Moss as well as other species of sea weed contain natural occurring blood thinners. So it is high recommended not to consume this if you are taking any type of blood thinning or blood pressure medication.
People using blood pressure medication (Antihypertensives) along with Irish Moss can experience side effects such as feeling a sense of dizziness, a sense of being lightheaded and syncope, which is a momentary loss of consciousness and posture.
If you have suffered from stomach ulcers or other medical issues where you have suffered internal bleeding then avoid Sea Moss so you don’t aggravate an existing heath issue.
It has Laxative Properties
If you consume excessive Sea moss, then you will be rushing to the toilet. It has been known to bring diarrhea in some cases.
Summary – Irish Moss can be a great addition to your diet and provide you with plenty of additional nutrients and minerals when not consumed excessively and provided that you don’t take any blood thinning and blood pressure medication.