JAMAICAN SEA MOSS (MISNOMER IRISH SEA MOSS) LB
Sea Moss, commonly referred to as Jamaican Sea Moss (misnomer Irish Sea Moss) in the Caribbean is one of the most powerful superfoods in the Ocean. Apart from its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, this red algae is packed with Protein, Fiber, Selenium, Iodine, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Zinc. Before we get into the amazing health benefits of Jamaican Moss, let's touch on the basics. The Latin name for this algae is "Chondrus crispus", other names for it include Carrageen Moss. You might also notice the ingredient Carrageenan in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese or other processed foods.
Jamaican Sea Moss/Sea Moss Benefits
When it comes to marine super-foods, the benefits of Sea Moss surpass almost every other algae. They include healthy mucus membrane support, digestive health, thyroid support, healthy weight management, mental and reproductive health.
1. Help Rid the Body of Excess Mucus
In addition to its heavy mineral count, Sea Moss is full of Potassium Chloride, Omega-3 fatty acids and Chlorophyll, the main nutrients responsible for dissolving inflammation or mucus in the respiratory and lymphatic system . This makes Sea Moss a natural decongestant. Even better, Sea Moss contains anti-viral and antimicrobial compounds that can help the body fight off infection and support the immune system. It's a must have for anyone with frequent allergies, or experiencing cold or flu like symptoms.
2. Thyroid Support
Most women are diagnosed with Thyroid issues in their pubescent years. Since the Thyroid is mainly responsible for regulating hormones, an imbalance can lead to fertility issues, menstrual problems and/or fibroids. These Thyroid disorders are typically caused by a lack of iodine and/or selenium. This is where Irish Moss elevates itself. It is packed with more iodine and selenium than any other food on the planet. In the Caribbean, Irish Moss is part of the local diet, it explains why significantly less women are diagnosed with Thyroid Disorders.
3. Digestive Health
Because of the soothing effects of Sea Moss on the mucous membranes in the body, it works as an amazing digestive aid. It helps to coat the stomach. In addition, it may help to alleviate acid reflux by providing probiotics for improved gut health. Sea Moss is also packed with fiber that helps to regulate bowel movement and alleviate gas.
4. Mood Enhancement
Sea Moss Benefits would not be so wide spread if it wasn't for its high essential mineral content. Potassium helps our body maintain healthy mental and emotional function. A lack of it can lead to anxiety, irritability, and depression. Because Potassium can't be stored, we need an adequate supply from our food. Irish Moss packs more potassium than two bananas. This makes it the premier food to help boost mental health and uplift mood.
5. Support Reproductive Health
In the Caribbean, Sea Moss is commonly used as a tonic for men. It is touted as a potent endurance builder. The rich zinc content makes it ideal for helping to support hormone balance and performance.
6. Healthy Weight Management
Sea Moss's iodine content supports a healthy metabolism and energy levels. In addition, its ability to absorb moisture and increase bulk creates the feeling of fullness, that may help to control appetite. The gentle laxative effect of Sea Moss, also helps to process waste through the body faster, and can aid weight management .
7. Packed with Essential Nutrients
Our bodies are made up of 102 essential minerals. Sea Moss contains 92 of them! In addition, it is packed with protein, beta-carotene, B-Vitamins, Pectin, Taurine ( an amino acid usually lacking in vegan or vegetarian diets) and Vitamin C--all essential nutrients that promote healthy body functions.
8. Support Healthy Iron levels
A lack of oxygen in the blood results in lower hemoglobin levels and decreased red blood cell count. This condition is usually diagnosed as anemia.Sea Moss, which is rich iron helps to promote a healthy red blood cell count, and support healthy Iron levels.
Another algae that helps to fight anemia is Spirulina, a green superfood packed with iron and B vitamins, click here to read more about its wonderful benefits.
9. Joint Health
Sea Moss's anti-inflammatory properties may help to support healthy joints. In addition, it can soothe the soft tissue and promote motility. This algae is a go-to for anyone suffering from joint discomfort or even athletes desiring to speed recovery after intense workouts.
10. May aid recovery after surgery
New research has demonstrated Sea Moss' ability to aid connective tissue, and support recovery associated with invasive procedures. Its rich nutrient profile supplies all the essentials for rebuilding and strengthening the body.
11. Support Overall Health
In people overall, the gentle laxative effects of Sea Moss may help to cleanse the body, and support a healthy elimination process. Irish Moss' high iodine content can also help to support healthy organ function.
How to Prepare Sea Moss
Below is a simple way and effective way to prepare Sea Moss in less than 15 minutes! After refrigeration, the final product is a delicious Sea Moss Gel that can be added to a variety of recipes.
1. Wash thoroughly with water to remove salt or other impediments (Sea Moss grows wild in the ocean).
2. Blend 6 oz of Irish Moss with 32 oz of hot water for a few minutes (initially blend at low speed to prevent splashing as blender cuts through the moss).
3. (Optional) *Add two cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of ginger root and blend for a few more minutes until smooth.
4. The gel can be stored up to 10 days in the refrigerator. It can also be added to smoothies or other recipes as a thickening agent.