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What Is Sea Moss
Sea Moss is a species of red algae. Which you can find on the rocky parts of Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. Sea moss has some vital properties for which it was used throughout Europe for decades. It helps those people who are suffering from malnutrition. It consists of 15 minerals with selenium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Sea Moss in Irish History
Amid the Irish famine in the mid-1800’s, algae became a main supplement of nutrition for the Irish people, playing a significant role as an abundant, easily harvested and prepared source of sustenance throughout this historical food shortage. Irish sea moss is a “red seaweed” variety that is often sourced from the Chondrus crispus species but is also derived from the genus Gracilaria, a less leafy variation.
Chondrus crispus commonly grows off the shores of Ireland, Great Britain, the Atlantic coastlines of the U.S. and Canada, most European shores as well as Iceland. Whereas grail aria, another type of red marine algae also referred to as Irish moss, comes from warmer oceanic environments.
Chondrus crispus or grail aria, being very mucilaginous when soaked in water, is one that you wouldn’t normally eat like dulse, kelp or nori seaweed. It additionally has a tough and rubbery texture that is largely inedible. Although it is traditionally simmered and consumed as a liquid broth, modern-day recipes often use the raw blended gel which can be added to various foods and drinks as a nutritious thickening agent.
Sea Moss Uses
Sea Moss has many uses which are proven to be useful to malnourished people. Sea moss helps in maintaining mental and physical health. It is also a rich source of the minerals, including iodine which helps in hormone production. It will also cure your sore throat, chest coughs, Pneumonia and Tuberculosis and Bronchitis.
Sea Moss Benefits
Sea Moss or Irish moss is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin K, Calcium and Copper, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Manganese.
Note: please check the package before you buy, things may vary because of geological diversity.
There are several Sea moss benefits which we will discuss below:-
- Relieves in Joint, Skin and Muscle Pain: It will save you from skin disease like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and sunburn. It will also give you relief in varicose veins, and rashes. It can be applied while taking baths and thus hydrates your skin.
- Fungal infections can be cured: Sea Moss can be used for curing respiratory ailments such as cold, pneumonia, flu and TB. It consists of antimicrobial agents which we can use to make antibiotics to fight fungal and microbial infections.
- Cures thyroid related diseases: The abundant amount of iodine present in sea moss helps in the production of thyroid hormones. When thyroid gland does not have enough hormones, then iodine helps in fighting against micro-organisms.
Nutrition Facts of Sea Moss / Irish Moss
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Sea Moss Drink
Although traditionally people simmer and consume sea moss as a liquid broth, modern-day recipes often use the raw blended gel which can be added to various foods and drinks as a nutritious thickening agent.
Irish Moss, Sea Moss, or by its botanical name Gracilaria, is wild-crafted and truly raw, dried in the natural sun right after harvesting– because of its natural state it comes with impurities, such as sand, dirt, and salt, which clean out when you rinse and soak the dried sea weed.