Did you know that the body is understood to be made up of 102 minerals? And that it is popularly believed that 92 of the minerals are also found in Sea Moss?
Needless to say that Irish Sea Moss is a good source of vitamins and organified minerals. Organified basically means that they occur naturally in a plant-based form that is easily able to be assimilated into the body.
There is no scientific manufacturing required. In the world of whole foods like this, you get the full benefits of sea moss nutrition that is readily available in the Sea Moss, all naturally.
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What are the Sea Moss Nutrition Benefits?
This is a short list of the various elements, chemicals, trace minerals, and vitamins typically found in Sea Moss:
- Calcium (Ca)
- Folate (C19H19N7O6)
- Iron (Fe)
- Zinc (Zn)
- Copper (Cu)
- Sodium (Na)
- Iodine (I)
- Boron (B)
- Soluble Potash (K2O)
- Magnesium (Mg)
- Manganese (Mn)
- Phosphoric Acid (P2O5)
- Potassium (K)
- Selenium (Se)
- Sulfur (S),
- Carbohydrates including:
- Alginic Acid (C6H11No6)n
- Mannitol (C6H14O6)
- Laminarin (C6H10O5)x
- Nitrogen (N), and
- Vitamins A to E, and K.
Let’s take a closer look at a couple of these Irish Sea Moss nutrition facts which are not frequently looked at.
What is Selenium?
Selenium is used widely in a range of applications and is found in commercially produced baby formula, multivitamins, and a range of other supplements. It is necessary in small amounts for healthy cellular function.
Being a component of specific antioxidant enzymes, it also helps to maintain healthy thyroid function by converting one type of thyroid hormone to another type as needed.
Selenium is capable of changing form under various conditions including temperature variations and exposure to Carbon disulfide.
Organic Selenium is believed to provide support to the body and prevent a range of complications including: 
- The destruction of cells through premature oxidization and oxidative stress
- Reduce the degree of impact or the likelihood of:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Stroke, and
- Premature aging
- Reducing the potential of mental health issues and depression
- Reducing the extent of complications associated with Hashimoto’s disease
- Boosting the immune system, and
- Reducing the impact of Asthma and related symptoms.
What is Laminarin?
Laminarin is a beta-glucan that is found in brown species of seaweed and algae. It is responsible for the storage of the polysaccharide Glucan. It plays a key role in medicinal and medical research circles as it has been found to possess the following properties: [2, 3, 4]
- Antiapoptosis, and
Laminarin is created via photosynthesis and is needed as a part of the life cycle of many microorganisms. From a food source perspective in our global ecosystem, think of Laminarin as a carbohydrate.
It is used as a food source in a similar way to how chrysolaminarin is put to use by phytoplankton, in particular diatoms.
Fun Fact: Did you know that diatoms are responsible for the generation of about 20% of the oxygen we have access to on Earth? They are found in the rivers, streams, oceans, and soil of our planet and number in their trillions!
This is another great reason for choosing Sea Moss which is responsibly farmed instead of wildcrafted.
This is by no means a complete list of the full 92 minerals understood to be found in sea moss. We are currently undertaking assessments of a variety of species of Sea Moss to identify the minerals found within them.
At this stage, we have yet to find a source that explicitly states the 92 minerals found in Sea Moss anywhere.
But how can that be achieved with all of the conjecture about fake Sea Moss online? What’s the real deal, and what’s a pretender?
What is Sea Moss?
Irish Sea Moss is the seaweed that was used a lot during the Irish Potato Famine. Sea Moss has been referred to by several different names and often can include Carrageen or Chondrus Crispus. [5, 6, 7]
Chondrus Crispus grows on what are typically rocky coastlines in cooler waters like those in the Northern Hemisphere around the areas of the Northern Atlantic.
You’ll know when you see it. It is a red algae with a typically flatter appearance than other types of seaweed found around it. As you can see below, the thallus that it has can look like flat leaves.
However, when I did my research I found that several people of influence, what some may call public notaries, are attributing the use of different species of seaweed to Chondrus Crispus and referring to them as Irish Sea Moss. This can lead to a little confusion and some heated debate.
These other species have been found to include Eucheuma Cottonii (Kappaphycus Alvarezii), Gracilaria, and a handful of others. These are seaweed species that have proven to be much easier to source than Chondrus Crispus and grow in many oceans around the world.
They are also more suited to the warmer climates of areas like the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, unlike Chondrus Crispus.
When comparing Chondrus Crispus to these other seaweeds, they tend to have a tubular-looking thallus. They also come in several colors like bright and olive green, brown, red, purple, and gold.
When these species of seaweed are fresh, they tend to have a firm and crisp outer texture with the inside being softer and more jelly-like. Some of them may also seem a bit rubbery.
What you tend to find for sale are variations on the dried version of these types of seaweed. They can be prepared in such a way that they hold their natural color, or they can be bleached to appear much lighter.
This is not normally a chemical bleaching that occurs.
It is normally sun bleaching, although, some large-scale manufacturers out of China who process seaweed have been known to use chemical bleaching. So it pays to know more about your Sea Moss in the end.
After doing extensive research I’ve learned that these other species, referred to as Sea Moss (and Irish Sea Moss) by many people in the Sebi community, are also very nutritious.
These are the species of Sea Moss more commonly found for sale online because they are more affordable and easier to acquire.
Chondrus Crispus in comparison can seem very expensive when you look at it on a price per kilogram (or price per pound) basis.
So, the question I find I ask myself is ‘what price do you put on your health and the quality of the food you eat?’ This is why we are looking at Sea Moss nutrition.
Speaking from a more general basis to include all the species we have introduced you to here, Sea Moss comes in various shapes, colors, and sizes. The size is typically indicative of the timeframe that it has been permitted to dry for, and the resultant moisture content.
A Word of Caution on Manufacturing
You may already know of Irish Sea Moss by a different name; Carrageenan.
This is a bi-product of Irish Moss and has been used in many processed food and beverage products for a long time now. Carrageenan is used as a preservative, thickener, emulsifier, and stabiliser.
There are food processing companies and manufacturers who add Carrageenan to meat products, desserts, salad dressings, beverages, a variety of milk products, nut drinks (Vegan substitutes for milk), yogurt, baby formula, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner.
So, seaweed has made it into your food already in so many ways that you’re most likely not even aware of!
There is only one major flaw that comes with the manufacture of Carrageenan in my opinion, and considering the value of Sea Moss nutrition after the fact. It loses all of the nutritional benefits that the seaweed originally had.
So don’t assume that you’re going to be getting specific health benefits when you consume processed foods containing Carrageenan. This is not likely at all.
Sea Moss Nutritional Benefits
With the (yet to be 100% confirmed) 92 minerals, Irish Sea Moss is one of the most complex and nutritious foods available. There are so many minerals that are beneficial to the body.
The minerals have been known to help with Joints and Bone strength, Hair and Skin, muscles and organs. It’s an all-round winner in the Superfood category.
There are people like Dr. Sebi who have survived on Sea Moss and water fasting for a very long time. Seaweed provides all the minerals and nutrients that the body needs to stay vibrant and energized.
It is also regarded as a drawing agent, which basically means that it helps flush out toxins.
Many would agree that this amazing seaweed helps to create the circle of life. From enhancing the libido to improving fertility and beyond.
During pregnancy, women tend to become nutrient deficient and sometimes experience health difficulties. But, when consuming Sea Moss during pregnancy there are many health benefits. Make sure you speak with your Doctor first though.
It is understood by cultures where it has been embraced for generations that it helps with the fetus’ development and keeps the mother healthy and strong. After the baby has been born, the Sea Moss continues to provide nutrients from the amniotic fluid during breastfeeding.
When you consider the wide use of seaweed across many cultures, you get a better idea of the concept that age is just a number. More and more people are coming to the conclusion that Sea Moss can support everybody, young and old.
How Is Sea Moss Used?
People in different parts of the world prepare it in different ways. In Vietnam, they rehydrate dried Sea Moss and mix it into a range of foods as a vegetable. More commonly, seaweed makes an appearance in salads, cakes, jellies, and desserts.
In Jamaica, they are well known for making a Sea Moss drink. Jamaicans seem to prefer to go about rehydrating their seaweed by boiling it until it becomes soft and it takes on an almost gelatinous consistency.
In Jamaica, people typically cook the seaweed with coconut milk, and a few spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and then sweeten it to taste.
Personally, I prefer to make my Sea Moss Gel by allowing it to soak in water for up to 48 hours. I apply it topically to my skin and add it to anything I want.
I normally find myself including a big spoon or two of it in desserts, smoothies, tea, and coffee, and as a thickener in soups and sauces.
Really, the options are endless because the seaweed has little to no smell or flavor, so it doesn’t change the taste of what you are adding it to. However, it does thicken the texture.
When I add Sea Moss Gel to my drinks, like my spicy chai tea, I notice a more creamy texture which is simply divine.
Sea Moss Nutrition FAQs
Irish Sea Moss nutrition far exceeds that of any other plant or animal-based food that I know of. There are so many fabulous superfoods available on the market, and I have yet to try all of them. But I can say this, I love the benefits that I’m experiencing using Irish Sea Moss.
Let’s consider some of the questions we get asked regularly on the topic.
What are the Nutrients in Sea Moss?
Sea Moss is nutrient-rich, containing vitamins, minerals, and essential trace elements. Key nutrients include vitamins A, C, E, K, and B-complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, zinc, selenium, and more.
It also contains amino acids, bioactive compounds, and dietary fiber. These nutrients work together to support overall health and well-being, making Sea Moss a valuable addition to a balanced diet.
What are the 10 minerals missing from Sea Moss?
Sea Moss nutrition is impressive, understood to contain some 92 of the 102 essential minerals our bodies need. The 10 minerals which are understood to be missing from Sea Moss include Thulium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Uranium, Vanadium, Xenon, Ytterbium, Yttrium, and Zirconium.
Most of these minerals have no significant biological role or are toxic in large quantities, so their absence does not impact the overall health benefits of Sea Moss.
Does Sea Moss Burn Belly Fat?
There is no direct evidence to suggest that Sea Moss specifically targets belly fat. However, it is low in calories and high in nutrients, making it a healthy addition to a balanced diet.
Combined with regular exercise and a calorie-controlled eating plan, Sea Moss may support overall weight loss, which can contribute to a reduction in belly fat. This is attributed to the Fucoxanthin content in the seaweed.
But it’s essential to remember that Sea Moss is not a miracle solution for weight loss and should be combined with a healthy lifestyle to achieve desired results.
Does Sea Moss have Collagen?
Sea Moss doesn’t contain collagen itself, as collagen is an animal-based protein. However, it is rich in nutrients like amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that can help support the body’s natural production of collagen.
Some of these essential nutrients include proline, lysine, and glycine. By incorporating Sea Moss into your diet, you may indirectly support your body’s collagen synthesis, benefiting your skin, hair, nails, and joint health.
Is there Vitamin B12 in Sea Moss?
Sea Moss nutrition is quite diverse, containing many essential vitamins and minerals. However, Vitamin B12, which is primarily found in animal products, is not typically present in Sea Moss. Vegans and vegetarians should consider alternative sources, such as fortified plant-based milks, nutritional yeast, or supplements, to ensure adequate Vitamin B12 intake.
What is the bad side of Sea Moss?
Not all seaweed is created equal. There can be variations from harvest to harvest which are influenced by the quality of the water that the seaweed is growing in at the time. Sea Moss from areas that are not monitored for water quality from domestic, commercial, or industrial impacts may be high in pollutants and toxins. Care must be taken when procuring this seaweed to avoid sourcing a contaminated product. Deibertaly ingesting foods high in harmful elements and chemicals is one downside. Quality control measures must be in place to ensure food safety standards are met.
Does Sea Moss Affect Hormones?
Sea Moss nutrition has been linked to hormone balance due to its high iodine content. Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production, which regulates metabolism and growth.
While consuming Sea Moss may support healthy hormone levels, it is important not to overconsume iodine, as excess intake can lead to imbalances.
Is Sea Moss high in Zinc?
ea Moss nutrition is notable for its rich mineral content, including zinc. Although not considered the highest source of zinc, Sea Moss does contain a moderate amount, contributing to a balanced diet.
Zinc is essential for immune function, wound healing, and protein synthesis. Incorporating Sea Moss into your meals can be a way to help increase your intake of essential minerals like zinc, alongside other nutrients.
Sea Moss is a powerful superfood packed with essential nutrients and health benefits. With its rich mineral content, it offers a wide range of advantages, including immune system support, improved digestion, and skin health. Sea Moss may also contribute to weight management and collagen production.
While it lacks a few minerals, these are generally insignificant or toxic, and their absence does not detract from the overall nutritional value of Sea Moss.
By incorporating this natural and nutrient-dense food into your diet, you can reap numerous health benefits and support your body’s overall well-being.
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Last Updated on 7 months by D&C Editorial Team