With a powerful combination of minerals, the sea moss and bladderwrack benefits you can expect to encounter can include:
- Fat reduction (through fucoxanthin)
- Improved eye health (through zeaxanthin)
- Healthier skin
- Improved digestion
- Higher energy levels
- Reduced illness
- Reduced recovery times (post workout)
But what is sea moss? Sea moss is a seaweed known by a few different names. Most believe it to be Chondrus Crispus. However, they associate this botanical name with what looks like either Eucheuma Cottonii or Gracilaria based on what they are buying and others are blogging about. There’s a distinct difference between these, as you can tell from the images below:
Since Nipsey Hussle brought the topic of Dr. Sebi’s 1987 court case back into the light of the current day more people have been asking about Sea Moss.
We have found that our work in researching this wholefood has attracted a new breed of followers. With this increase in attention, it has made our work easier in catering to the need of those wanting to know what sea moss really is.
Sea moss contains nothing short of an abundance of minerals. In fact it has 92 of 102 minerals which our bodies are composed of. You have to admit, that is quite impressive. Some would argue that there is no other plant which is able to measure up to sea moss and the nutritional value it brings.
Being harvested directly from the ocean, sea moss can vary from one part of the world to the next. It can even vary from one crop to the next based on naturally occurring factors in the exact same location as the last crop. I’ve seen the same type of seaweed grow as red, green, olive green, and purple, even in the same farm!
When you’ve got a good quality sea moss there’s nothing quite like eating it fresh from the water. In this state it is at its best, but that’s not possible for everyone. So careful consideration is given to how it is processed to prolong the shelf life, and get it to you in the best condition possible.
Normally you’ll get your sea moss in a dried or semi-dried state. A moisture content of approximately 25% to 35% is the market average. But don’t let the size of the bag fool you. When sea moss is dried to the extent that it contains as little as 10% moisture it can look very different.
Once re-hydrated, this can expand as much as 20 times in mass with the water it absorbs. Through this process you’ll be able to turn what was a small tough and chewy piece of sea moss into a supple gel. It is important to note that you may pay more per kilogram for a lower moisture content, but your getting what is often a better grade product.
We have different types of sea moss in our store with variations in moisture content because people expect different things. And that’s ok.
Where does your Sea Moss and Bladderwrack come from?
If you are a returning visitor you will know that we are not supporters of wildcrafting. If you don’t know what wildcrafting is, and why we don’t agree with this approach, have a look at What To Know Before You Buy Sea Moss.
In Thailand there have been efforts to improve the health of the oceans through building artificial reefs. Attracting support from Scientists, Researchers, National Defense Forces, Foreigners and local Divers this was reported to be a success.
The construction of the reef is expected to develop into a habitat for marine life. This will also help to clean up the water from high acidity, pollution, and return more oxygen to the ecosystem.
Considering the source of the products you buy for many is just as important as what the products will do for you. We are working on building an interactive map that shows you where the farms are that we source our sea moss from on a batch by batch basis. Not every batch from the farms we use is able to be brought to the market, so we only select the ones that are right.
Differences in Types of Sea Moss
Depending upon the species that is being sold as ‘sea moss’ there can be some variances in the properties. This becomes apparent once blended into a gel. Sea Moss typically has a mucilaginous structure, which is what helps to give it the jelly-like characteristics when it sets. This is subject to how much water you add during the blending process.
Species such as Gracilaria and Kappaphycus Alvarezzi contain approximately 40% to 55% raw carrageenan. Protein can be as high as 10% and the density of minerals can make up as much as 15% of the mass depending in the species. There are many health benefits that come with sea moss, which we have covered here: Add links to 2 or 3 article titles As these state, sea moss is high in:
- Vitamin A
- B Group vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D, and
- Essential minerals
As a natural pairing, the sea moss and bladderwrack benefits work hand in hand. Some have stated that bladderwrack brings the missing 10 minerals from the 92 that are in sea moss. This would bring the count up to the foll 102 minerals found in the human body.
What is Bladderwrack?
If you have never heard of bladderwrack before you’re in for a treat! This seaweed is a great source of vitamins and minerals that complements sea moss. With a history that dated back to the early 1800’s, bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus) is credited with being the original source of iodine.
Growing to nearly one meter in length, the fronds are typically up to 3cm wide with air bubbles or pods (known as air bladders) on then. These are believed to be a mechanism the plant developed to help with improving buoyancy and enhancing natural growth. These develop as the plant gets older and needs the support in floating.
As much as bladderwrack may not be known as a supporting element to as many other marine organisms as sea moss, it is key to local colony habitats from a shelter perspective. Bladderwrack is typically found in areas where the sea bed is rocky, where it can take root.
The interesting thing for us is that it has also successfully been trained to grow on artificial reefs, or substrates. This is great news because it means that it can be cultivated in ways that further add to the health of the oceans. The process that bladderwrack goes though to ‘seed’ is a very interesting one.
The plant has both male and female individual organisms. This may sound like the plant can ‘self pollinate’ but that’s not the case. During the process of releasing gametes (pods) the fusing, or fertilizing is done in typically calmer waters. Male and female pods from different plants fuse to create the seed of a new plant.
Under the right conditions it is possible to create an entirely new habitat which then can be harvested. To us, this approach is preferred over taking bladderwrack from an area where it has grown on its own. To harvest that bladderwrack is to harm the environment. To encourage the growth of new crops in controlled areas is to increase the concentration of seaweed in the waters.
That means more food for marine life, more shelter for animals, and more oxygen in the water. Ultimately a healthier planet.
Being a great source of minerals, consuming bladderwrack helps to replenish mineral supplies burnt in the body as a part of normal daily activity. The nutritional value that bladderwrack offers is that it is a reliable source of:
- B Group vitamins
- Iron, and
- Sillicon to name a few
Much like sea moss, bladderwrack is a very effective anti-inflammatory. And like sea moss, care should be taken of you are on a prescription of anticoagulant medication.
Both of these seaweeds, bladderwrack and sea moss, have the capacity to help thin the blood and reduce blood pressure. If you are on blood thinning medication, anticoagulants, you need to take care here. Make sure you speak with your Doctor or Dietitian before you seek to take advantage of the sea moss and bladderwrack benefits.
Zeaxanthin; A Beneficial Trace Mineral
Bladderwrack also contains a trace mineral known as zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin has been linked to healthy functioning eyes. It is one of the two primary caretenoids found in the retina. Working with zeaxanthin binding proteins it is understood that the circulating zeaxanthin is taken up within the macula.
This has been attributed, with some conjecture, to the reduction of age related macular degeneration. Zeaxanthin is also the pigment that gives turmeric it’s color, and is used as a food dye under the code E161. It is also notably present in saffron and corn.
With all of this, the combined sea moss and bladderwrack benefits are abundant. Have you combined the power of sea moss with bladderwrack? How do you prepare yours? Share your tips with us in the comments.