Irish Sea Moss
Irish Sea moss, is known scientifically as Chondrus crispus which is a type of dark red or purple algae or seaweed, usually found on the east coast of north America and western Europe.
Irish Sea Moss has recently become a popular celebrity favourite but like most declared superfoods, sea moss been consumed for centuries. It has a particularly long history of use in Ireland hence the name. Doctors prescribed carrageenan jelly or broth since the early 1800’s to treat intestinal disorders, ulcers, sore throats, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. It has also long been used in food as a thickener for soups, custards and desserts.
Irish Sea Moss provides an array of vitamins and minerals in addition to antioxidants providing many benefits for general health. In fact, Irish Sea Moss can provide 92 out of the 102 essential minerals, the human body requires. These minerals include calcium, potassium, iodine and zinc. In addition, Irish Sea Moss is also rich in Selenium, phosphorus, manganese and B vitamins so it can act as a good all round food supplement. Sea moss is also low in fact and calories.
Irish Sea Moss is gentle on the stomach, in fact this seaweed is a good source of live bacteria and fibre so can support gut health. The rich source of iodine in Irish Sea Moss will also support thyroid activity, healthy metabolism for weight management control and brain health. When combined with liquids, Irish moss has a gel-like texture that is thick and sticky. It acts as a soluble fibre that helps keep you feeling full longer. Adding Irish moss to meals may increase satiety and, therefore, possibly cut down on the amount of calories you consume. The idea is that sea moss works similarly to chia seeds and aloe in this respect
There are many other benefits associated with supplementation of Irish Sea Moss, such as healthier skin, due to the magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K and Omega 3 content. Irish Sea Moss is also reported to enhance mood due to the potassium content, and also may improve immune function.
Sea moss is often used in skin care products because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and magnesium.
Note that too much iodine can also be harmful for some people. The minimum NRA (Nutrient reference value) is 140µg/d. The upper limit is 1,100 µg/day (micrograms) source
Irish Sea moss may be available in dried form, gel or capsules. The dried form can be easily made into gel by adding boiling water. Find dried Irish Moss by the herbs and spices section and among the supplements in store or a ask a member of staff for assistance.