Google searches for sea moss have increased dramatically in the last 10 years. Everyone wants to find out how this powerful seaweed can benefit them, ill breakdown 4 huge benefits, some concerns on this article
Sea moss or Irish moss isn't actually a moss, it’s a seaweed also known as macro-algae. Sea Moss is a species of red algae, there are actually 7 types of algae and algae are a diverse group of aquatic organisms that have the ability to conduct photosynthesis, fun fact, they are neither plant, animal or fungi. There are plant like.
One thing I want to point out is that there are different species of seaweed all called sea moss. This leads to a lot of confusion and people discussing real or fake sea moss. You can’t have fake sea moss, that implies it’s made in a lab (although i've heard stories of people buying plastic) but what you can have is wildcrafted sea moss, grown in the wild or pool grown.
I always opt for wild crafted. The two main types of sea moss people buy are Gracilaria or Chrondus crispus and within these types there are also varieties, from colour, to structure, making them look the same. Therein lies the confusion, but they contain similar properties but look into both and decide, for me, as long as it’s wild crafted, i wouldn't worry about which i buy. I own both.
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Historically, sea Moss was also used widely in the treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia dated as early as 1810. Not long after, it was used as poverty food by the Irish in the 19th century, especially during the Irish Potato Famine of 1846-1848, it’s said that seaweed was closely associated with famine and thus ignored after until recent times.
Seaweeds are making a comeback. I believe everyone should have some seaweed, I’ve consistently had this in my cupboard for about 5 years now and i'll discuss benefits of Sea Moss and potential concerns in this articles
So let's get into it
Sea moss has about 9mg of iron per 100grams, which is a lot higher than other iron rich foods. It’s 4x that of lentils and 9x that of chicken. Which is amazing for those lacking iron, sea moss will help maintain red blood cells as well as the hemoglobin count. This, in turn, promotes the immunity level and improves the functions of the brain. It is also rich in magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.
That’s leads me to the second benefit
I’ve spoken about nutrient density and calorie density on previous articles, it’s said sea moss is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. The human body is made up of 102 nutrients and minerals and Irish Moss contains 92 of them.
It also provides a wealth of other important nutrients including; protein, beta-carotene, B vitamins, pectin, vitamin C and sulphur. Additionally it contains a high amount of iodine, over 95% of patients with thyroid disorders were iodine deficient. The thyroid is super important for wellbeing. For example, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance.
Thyroid hormone signalling is required for skeletal muscle development, contractile function and muscle regeneration.So for bodybuilding crew, muscle growth and fat loss can be helped by the good thyroid function. And sea moss benefits the thyroid not only because it’s iodine rich but i contains the vital thyroid hormone precursor DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), and the thyroid hormones Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3)
Another one for those wanting to be fit, is sea moss contains amino acid called taurine, which is more abundant in Irish moss than any other seaweed, harder to get on veggie and vegan diets. Taurin can help you burn fat from taurine's ability to help the body burn fat instead of carbs during cardio.
It’s worth mentioning that one of the concerns of research papers is quantifying the bioavailability, or fraction of nutritional or functional components that actually have effect in relation to inside the body. This isn’t as well known, so although it contains these nutrients can they be utilised and if so, how to increase bioavailability. Also, too much of a good thing is bad, how will you monitor the amount of nutrients you’re consuming. For example, iodine is a win for the thyroid but too much iodine causes problems! We’ll discuss 2 other concerns towards the end of this article.
Sea moss has a good amount of the antis, that’s anti inflammatory, anti ageing, anti inflammatory, anti-bacterial and also anti-viral. A study also proposed it potentially shows anticancer and anti-tumour activities.
In terms of the immune system, Sea moss is known to help both prevent and relieve cold/flu symptoms. It can be used to prevent colds and help you heal. To help you recover it is a source of potassium chloride which has both anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Sea Moss also contains compounds which act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to boost immunity and get rid of any infections.
A lot of people who try sea moss mention that the first thing they feel is more energetic AND they have better sleep. One of the reasons for this is the iodine content can boost metabolism which in turn will increase energy and can even help to accelerate weight loss and also, as sea moss is rich in potassium. The body cannot conserve potassium, so it requires it daily. Study Shows Potassium Helps with Deeper Sleep - Natural minerals such as potassium and calcium have been shown to have beneficial effects on the quality of sleep. It also helps with mental health.
There are many other benefits of sea moss, although I spoke about 4 main, i also included micro-benefits in each category. But what are the concerns
I’ve already spoken about bioavailability, the others are variation of nutritional and functional composition of algae across species, seasons, and different coastal environments. which means, different areas, different seasons and species can have varying nutrient coats which means although it can contain 92 the levels are hard to standardise and measure and this is also true for potential harmful toxins in the water. The last thing is how consuming algae actually interacts with us internally, more research is required here.
As always, always do your research, personally, sea moss will continually be in my smoothies. Hope you guys enjoyed this article, make sure you leave a comment if you did and if you want me to do more articles like this let me know.
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