Sea Moss: The Benefits and Uses of Sea Moss
Have you heard of sea moss before? As more and more people become interested in exotic superfoods, the ocean’s many bounties have started to move into the spotlight. While you may have heard of seaweed as a superfood, sea moss is still somewhat “undiscovered” — and it’s a real shame!
In this post, we’ll teach you all about the benefits of this mysterious and nutritious dietary supplement.
What Is Sea Moss?
Sea moss looks a lot like spaghetti. If you’ve ever seen Spanish moss growing on trees in tropical regions, it might remind you of that, too. However, sea moss is not moss at all. It’s similar to both algae and seaweed, but some people consider it a sea vegetable, too.
If you follow superfoods at all, you probably already know that seaweeds can be extremely high in nutrients. They make excellent superfoods! While we’ve just barely dipped our toes into the potential health benefits of sea moss, people have been using it as a superfood for thousands of years (long before we knew about it in modern society).
Sea moss takes different forms and colors depending on where it’s found in the world. Like other seaweeds, it dries well, and the drying process both preserves the moss and protects the nutrients within. Sea moss is also rich in many of the nutrients we need to function on a day-to-day basis.
While sea moss can’t replace a balanced, healthy diet, it’s an excellent nutrient supplement that combines well with many different foods. Additionally, because it naturally forms a thick gel, it can work as a thickener for sauces, soups, and more.
Our Irish Sea Moss
The sea moss that we source at Full Moon Fruits is called Irish sea moss. We harvest this moss exclusively from St. Lucia and Grenada in the Caribbean, where the moss thrives naturally. We never farm our moss or grow it ourselves — it all comes from the natural bounty of the sea.
At Full Moon Fruits, we carry both regular and purple sea moss for you to choose from. While these two types should be nutritionally identical, you may prefer one or the other based on color or aesthetics.
Sea Moss Uses
Sea moss doesn't just work on the inside of your body. It can work wonders on the outside, too. Some of the most common (and most popular) uses for sea moss include:
- Sea moss gel
- Sea moss powder
- Natural thickening agent
- Skin moisturizer
- Digestive aid
- Soothes mucus membranes
- Reduces skin inflammation
- Moisturizes hair and skin
A gel form is one of the easiest ways to use sea moss, and it’s one of the methods we recommend most, too. This is because the gel is palatable, easy to mix, and very flexible in the home and kitchen.
However, you can also grind the dried sea moss into a powder and use it directly. You can add the powder to recipes or even supplement capsules as a daily vitamin. Alternatively, add the powder to your homemade health or beauty products to nourish your skin.
How Do I Prepare Sea Moss Gel?
Looking to prepare sea moss gel? If so, you’ll be happy to know that the process is relatively quick and easy. Just rehydrate the moss by letting it soak in water for at least 12 hours. While it rehydrates, make sure to agitate it within the water to remove any leftover dirt or debris. No need to refrigerate it if you don’t want to — it’ll work the same on your counter or in your fridge.
When the moss is sufficiently rehydrated, remove it, rinse it, and blend it with clean water to create the aforementioned gel. If you plan to use the gel on your skin or hair, consider blending it with distilled water for purity. After blending, leave the mixture in your refrigerator until it reaches your desired thickness.
Generally, your sea moss gel will take at least two hours to reach the “gel” stage. However, keep in mind that adding more water will result in a looser gel, while less water will result in a thicker product that condenses faster.
We do not recommend adding your sea moss directly to boiling water to rehydrate it. While this may speed up the process, it can affect the delicate nutrients within the sea moss as well. Instead, make the sea moss gel, then add the gel to your hot foods, soups, and sauces.
As long as you store it properly, your sea moss gel can live in your refrigerator for up to one month. Keep it in an airtight container for best results. However, if you don’t plan to use it soon, you can freeze the gel for up to three months before it starts to lose its integrity.
Sea Moss Gel Uses
Sea moss gel is an incredibly useful substance. The gel itself has a very mild flavor, and it works in dinners, desserts, sauces, creams, dressings, and even gummies. You can even use it to create your own healthful jams and jellies with the help of berries and fruits.
However, one of the most intriguing uses of sea moss gel doesn’t involve food at all. Since sea moss is mucilaginous, it works with the mucus membranes inside your body. If you’re sick, the sea moss will help you purge excess mucus. If you have a dry, sore throat, the gel will help hydrate and soothe it.
That same mucilaginous property does wonders for your skin and hair as well. Sea moss gel is extremely hydrating, and since it can contain healthy fatty acids, it works wonders as a hair and face mask. It’s also thought to improve eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other forms of skin inflammation.
Sea Moss Health Benefits
Sea moss has a long list of benefits for your overall health, from weight loss to immunity and even to fertility! We’ll go over some of the most important health-related benefits that we haven’t mentioned so far below.
While this hasn’t been studied enough in humans yet, some animal trials show that seaweed supplements can help improve and modulate the body’s immune response. Even if this isn’t true in humans, however, the high amounts of vitamins and minerals in sea moss may help your body respond to foreign invaders better. After all, a healthy body often leads to a healthy immune system.
We mentioned digestive health earlier in this article, but the true nature of sea moss is a probiotic. As a plant, sea moss is full of fiber, and it’s also flush with living bacteria. These “good” bacteria can help replenish and reinvigorate your gastrointestinal microbiome, leading to more “regularity” when you need it.
While more research still needs to be done, some studies find that the compounds in sea moss can help lower your LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol). It can also have a mild blood-thinning effect, just like aspirin, that can help reduce your risk of clots. Together, these two properties can reduce your overall risk of heart problems.
Sea moss is an excellent source of iodine, an essential nutrient for thyroid health. Too much or too little iodine can lead to hypothyroidism, which can cause fatigue, weight gain, unhealthy hair and nails, depressed moods, and more.
Blood Sugar Mediation
Several studies have found that the compounds in sea moss can help manage your blood sugar levels. One of these compounds is alginate, a polysaccharide commonly found in algae. Alginate is thought to mediate blood sugar spikes. Another compound, called Fucoxanthin, is thought to help reduce high blood sugar levels.
Remember how we mentioned that sea moss has lots of fiber and beneficial bacteria? These beneficial cultures can help your digestive system work more effectively, and fiber helps you feel fuller for longer. Additionally, Fucoxanthin, which we mentioned above, may be linked to higher fat metabolism, according to animal studies.
While we don’t have any concrete data about the effectiveness of sea moss as a fertility aid, anecdotal tales of its effectiveness span centuries. Whether it works or not, though, a healthy mind and body can certainly help boost your fertility, especially if your body lacked nutrients before.
Before you incorporate too much sea moss into your diet, though, we do have a word of caution: too much of anything can be a bad thing. This applies to vitamins and nutrients, as well. As a natural product, our sea moss can vary in nutrient levels, so no two batches are the same. As such, you should never rely on sea moss alone to give you the nutrition you need.
If you’re ready to try sea moss as a supplement to your healthy diet, take a look through our online shop today! We offer several types and sizes of all-natural dried sea moss for your convenience. If you have any questions about sea moss or our other products, you can contact Full Moon Fruits via our contact page at any time.