Yes, you can get collagen from seaweed, which is great news for those who are desperately seeking a source of collagen for Vegans. Seaweed is a reliable source of collagen, with some species of seaweed having a higher concentration of collagen than others.
Sea moss is our ‘go to’ when it comes to a type of seaweed that we look to for the skincare benefits it brings. Having used sea moss for years now, I have been able to speak to many about the benefits it has provided to me. But let’s stay on the track of the collagen sources that you can find in seaweed.
Overcoming Misconceptions in Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
One of the biggest challenges for Vegetarians and Vegans is finding the required nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to support healthy bodily functions. This is not to say that the content here is exclusively for Vegetarians or Vegans, it is suitable for all who are focused on improving their inner health. As a source of collagen for Vegans, and everyone else, seaweed is amazing. You can get collagen from seaweed in ways that are much easier than many first think.
There are many different species of seaweed, but some are preferred over others as a source of dietary collagen for a number or reasons. We will have a closer look at a few that we believe are the most effective based on a range of factors that have been considered.
The general response I find I get when I tell people about eating seaweed is one that is a lot like “Oh, yuck!” and “Why would you want to eat salty, smelly seaweed?” The truth of the matter is that when seaweed is properly prepared, as we will cover in the next few articles, it doesn’t have a pungent smell, or a bad taste. In fact, I’ve used seaweed in cooking that has had no flavor, and it hasn’t changed how the dish tasted or smelt.
The easiest way to get collagen from seaweed
I prefer to use seaweed in recipes that are more in the world of raw foods than cooked. This is because there are many valuable nutrients that are lost when foods are processed and cooked. That’s not to say I’m eating or making food with chunks or raw seaweed, there are some simple steps that I follow to get the seaweed into a form where I can make different things with it.
My preferred source of collagen from seaweed is found in Irish Sea Moss. This has been relied upon by people from the Caribbean, and other parts of the world for generations, and features in the renowned Doctor Sebi diet. If you can get natural, unprocessed Irish Sea Moss it is higher in nutritional value compared to baked seaweed. Irish Sea Moss that has been dried naturally, and packed with natural sea salt is the best.
How to prepare Irish Sea Moss
How I process the Irish Sea Moss to make it into a gelatinous form where I can use it in a range of recipes, which is a great source of collagen for Vegans, is as follows.
- 1 cup of dried Irish Sea Moss
- 2 to 3 cups of filtered water
- Thoroughly rinse any surface salt or sand off the Irish Sea Moss.
- Allow the Irish Sea Moss to rest and soak in a container of water for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Repeat the rinsing process to remove any remaining sand that has become loose after soaking.
- Place the Irish Sea Moss in a large container.
- Cover with 2 to 3 cups of filtered water – keep in mind that the volume of water needed may vary from one batch to the next.
- Cover the container.
- Allow to soak for 8 to 12 hours. This can be done in a refrigerator if you prefer.
- Place the Irish Sea Moss into a powerful blender capable of blending thick ingredients. This may need to be done in stages depending on the volume your blender can handle.
- Add the water from the bowl to the blender to assist with the blending process – you will need to make sure the Irish Sea Moss is submerged (sitting below the added water level) in the blender. The volume of water to achieve this can vary depending upon the batch.
- Blend the mix of seaweed and water until it becomes a thick gel or paste. It will take on a creamy color and will be a smooth liquid paste consistency.
- Pour the blended gel into a sealable jar and refrigerate with the lid on. The gel will harden, taking on a thicker, gelatinous consistency when it is cooled.
- Store in the refrigerator and use as needed in recipes.
Check out our Highlights on Instagram for a video tutorial on how to prepare your Sea Moss.
My preference is to use Irish Sea Moss over other seaweed that is available on the market as I find that it is not only easier to work with, but it contains a balance of minerals that other species of seaweed don’t. It is also the best source of collagen for Vegans in my opinion.
Irish Sea Moss that has been harvested naturally, and not treated or processed with chemicals (other than sea salt) is reported to have much better health benefits than those which have been chemically treated or oven dried. The baking process that some seaweeds on the market go through destroys the nutritional content, rendering the seaweed void of any real health benefits.
What are the benefits of consuming Irish Sea Moss?
If you don’t consume meat, or animal products, Irish Sea Moss is a veritable gift when it come to a sustainable source of collagen for Vegans. I have found that my previously poor gut health has improved since I have been regularly consuming Irish Sea Moss. The recipe provided above gives me an easy to use supply of collagen rich gel that can be added to almost anything.
Since taking Irish Sea Moss in this form I have also found that my hair and nails are stronger. My eyes appear to be much brighter than before. I haven’t felt any aches in joints that previously were a little niggly from time to time, and my body weight has been more stable.
According to the research that I have done, consuming Irish Sea Moss also helps with improving intestinal health where the good bacteria in the gut were supported more than previously. Even though this may seem like it is an exclusive source of collagen for Vegans, Irish Sea Moss is good for everyone. In fact, as a source of collagen, it absorbs better in the body than many other sources of collagen. What are your experiences with Irish Sea Moss?