Sea Moss Ultimate Guide; How to get The Best in 2020

Sea moss typically is a little-known marine vegetable full of many wonderful and beneficial properties. Outside of Ireland, the Caribbean, and parts of North America it has yet to really make a splash. Due to its incredible density of nutrients, it could be easily classified as a superfood!

With so much of the ‘same same’ information about sea moss online, we wanted to bring you something different for 2020. Here you will find out more about:

  • What Sea Moss is
  • Where it has it’s roots
  • How this seaweed is becoming a food source that could change our Planet for the better
  • How to make it a part of your day
  • The value that it brings you as a source of nutrition
  • The benefits of this seaweed being a part of your diet and daily routine, and
  • What to know before you buy your Sea Moss

We are extremely happy to be able to provide you with our Ultimate Sea Moss Guide on how to get the best out of your sea moss in 2020.

2020 Ultimate Sea Moss Guide

Table of Contents

1.0 – What is Sea Moss?
1.1 – The History
1.2 – Seaweed; A Future Sustainable Food Source
1.3 – Supporting Sustainable Seaweed Farming
1.4 – Why our Seaweed isn’t Wildcrafted
1.5 – Is Wildcrafting really that Bad?
2.0 – How to use Sea Moss
2.1 – Irish Moss Milk Drink
2.2 – A Sea Moss Bath
2.3 – Making Sea Moss Gel
3.0 – What is this Seaweed good for?
3.1 – A Great Source of Collagen
3.2 – Sea Moss Improves Skin Conditions
3.3 – Seaweed as Medicine
3.4 – Sea Moss for Weight Loss
3.5 – Other Sea Moss Benefits
3.6 – Known Side Effects of Sea Moss
4.0 – What to Know Before You Buy Sea Moss
4.1 – Where does Sea Moss come from?
4.2 – Cultivation and Harvesting Considerations
4.3 – Processing and Packaging
4.4 – What type of Sea Moss is the Best?
4.5 – Diseases and Quality Degradation

What is Sea Moss?

Sea moss is a generic name given to a collection of different species of seaweed, which we go into deeper looking at information around Irish Moss Seaweed and the confusion there. It is typically known by several different botanical names, which has proven to make the matter a bit confusing. This is particularly the case if you’re wanting to identify the authentic product.

Eucheuma Cottonii, Gracilaria and Chondrus Crispus are some of the more popular species commercially available on the market today. They are all referred to as ‘sea moss’ but they are very different from each other.
Eucheuma Cottonii – commonly referred to as Sea Moss
Gracilaria – also commonly referred to as Sea Moss
Irish Moss Seaweed - How Can I Eat Seaweed Everyday - - rich and deep purple dried chondrus crispus seaweed leaf on white background
Chondrus Crispus – also commonly referred to as Sea Moss

The species, Eucheuma Cottonii and Gracilaria, (shown above) grows abundantly in warmer waters, typically the:

  • Java Sea
  • Celebes Sea
  • Solomon Sea
  • Caribbean Sea, and
  • the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans

The waters that Eucheuma Cottonii prefers are by no means still. They are normally consistently flowing open ocean currents, and they tend to be much clearer waters too.

While Chondrus Crispus is a species of seaweed which is rarer by comparison, it tends to grow more slowly in the cooler waters of the Northern Atlantic.

So, why are people discovering sea moss as a superfood today? Where did this all start?

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The History

Chondrus Crispus is also known by many as Irish Sea Moss, or Irish Carraigín. This is because the Irish consumed a lot of it in the 1840’s during the Irish Potato Famine.

It became a primary source of sustenance for the Irish people who lived in coastal areas between 1845 and 1849 during the height of the famine.

As a result, it is believed that it was later looked upon as ‘peasant food‘ when harder times had passed. It was reported that by the end of the famine it had fallen from grace and was not consumed as frequently.

According to the history books, people would wait until the tide went out and collect the red flat leafed seaweed. They would then lay the seaweed on the rocks to sun-dry.

Like many other foods that were intended for later consumption, storing for longer periods of time required some form of preservation. The seaweed would occasionally be layered with salt to help keep it longer.

Some made the seaweed into delicacies, more commonly it was added to stews.

This is not unusual even by today’s standards. In Vietnam people make desserts with different types of seaweed. They are also used widely for medicinal purposes.

sea moss salad made with rehydrated seaweed, kang kong, and toasted peanuts. The sea moss in this salad is golden white and in pieces about 2 inches long. Finely chopped kang kong (a leafy green vegetable) has been tossed through the salad for contrast in color and flavor. This has been topped with toasted peanuts. The seaweed makes up almost 90% of the salad
About 90% of this salad was seaweed, and it tasted amazing! Find this image on Instagram.
sea moss jelly desert made with a species of seaweed referred to as spinach or duckfoot by the locals. This looks like a golden white cake with the consistency of quince paste. The duckfoot gives this a distinguishable appearance with chunks of opaque white seaweed in the golden sea moss jelly mix
Seaweed for food – this desert was so yummy! Find this image on Instagram.

Today, seaweed use is more widely spread than at any other time in history. However, most people aren’t even aware of just how often seaweed or it’s extracts feature in the different products they use and consume.

Take a look at some of your processed food packages and you’ll most likely find the word ‘Carrageenan’. This is an extract from certain species of seaweed, but we’ll go into that more a little later.

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Seaweed; A Future Sustainable Food Source

We are all becoming more and more aware that there are extensive pressures on our Planet as a result of our activity as humans.

How we have cultivated and developed the land is one dimension that has had a measurable impact.

The Oceans have also borne the brunt of our activity. And if we’re not careful, they will suffer further.

Thankfully, there is a growing awareness, and movement with sustainability consciously in the front of mind.

People motivated to reduce their footprint are discovering sea moss and other species of seaweed. And they are learning about how these can be used in an impressive number of ways.

Responsible seaweed farming is doing a lot to return oxygen to the waters of the Ocean, reduce their acidity, and provide a more plentiful source of food for marine life. All of this is contributing towards making significant progress to a healthier future. One that has benefits for people and the Planet.

green sea turtle grazing on seaweed that is growing on a sandy white seabed. The rays of the sun are cutting through the clear water giving off ripples of white and bright blue across the sea floor. The seaweed is a very thin covering with flat lettuce leaf looking seaweed scattered among occasional grassy looking strands. The image of the turtle grazing is set to the bottom right of the picture in a white border overlaid on a red background. There is text on the top left of the image which reads "Sea Moss. It's not just humans who love seaweed" in white font
A food source for more than just humans. Find this image on Instagram.

Some impressive innovations are also being made in other endeavors associated to the seaweed world.

One notable advancement is the area of biodegradable plastics using seaweed. There have even been edible pods made where single portion water bubbles featured in the London Marathon.

So, we’re on the right track. We just need to work on increasing awareness and adoption, while being mindful of where our seaweed comes from, and how we’re getting it.

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Supporting Sustainable Seaweed Farming

Over the past few years we have found ourselves diving deeper and deeper into the world of seaweed.

We have been in different locations around the world visiting Seaweed Farmers and learning about their operations.

We have worked with these same Seaweed Farmers to pool our collective knowledge so everyone can benefit, including you.

Sea-Moss-Ultimate-Guide-How-to-get-The-Best-in-2020 map of the world which shows with red pins where we have been in communication with Seaweed Farmers evaluating their operations
Click for a larger size map of where we have engaged Seaweed Farmers over the years.

Sharing techniques and ideas on how to better protect open ocean crops, improve yields, enhance processing, and deliver a higher quality product for the market are a few of the things we have been involved with behind the scenes.

We have also had laboratory analyses of numerous seaweed samples from different countries completed and shared these with the Farmers. This has been done in the interests of helping them better understand their crops, and approach the market from a more informed base.

For us, this has helped with identifying the best quality sea moss, and zero in on the cleanest areas to grow it in. As a result, we have been able to find the highest grade sea moss to bring to you.

group photo of the Vietnam Seaweed Farmer and his family with Matthew Carpenter sitting on the back step of the porch at their home during a sunny day
Visiting Seaweed Farmers. Find this image on Instagram.

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Why our Seaweed isn’t Wildcrafted

I can appreciated that the desire to find a food source that is as close to as nature intended is valuable. But, at what cost?

I don’t mean the retail cost to you as the consumer. I mean the cost to the Planet.

It is staggering to think just how much seaweed is collected and sold under the label of being ‘wildcrafted’. Have you stopped to think about what that means?

Far be it from me to want to make this sound like a beat-up on any one business, but many sellers are perpetuating the ideology that anything that is not wildcrafted is fake. Fake sea moss is really easy to spot once you know what you are looking for.

This is simply not the case. Many who are selling under the label of ‘wildcrafted’ are not actually wildcrafted at all. Many are farmed in open ocean waters in some form or another.

Also see How to Spot Fake Sea Moss with 4 Tips on Buying The Real Deal.

For those of you who are buying from sellers who are strictly wildcrafting, consider the impacts of this on a commercial scale.

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Is Wildcrafting really that Bad?

As much as there is a trend towards wildcrafting seaweed, I’m personally against this methodology as it presents a couple of issues just on the surface in my opinion:

  1. Wildcrafted seaweed is taken from a balanced environment that really needs it to be where it is as a food source for other localized marine life, and it is a key part of sustaining the immediate habitat, and
  2. The quality of the seaweed that is collected under the wildcrafting approach may be unfit for human consumption due to a lack of transparency and monitoring of the conditions and environment in which the seaweed is collected from.

There are some who seek to make a point of wildcrafted seaweed possibly being more nutritious than farmed seaweed.

As you can already tell, this approach brings about too many issues that conflict with my values. It lacks in fundamental areas and does not support cleaning up the oceans.

In fact, it promotes quite the opposite in an opportunistic market. Even though there are businesses which state that they hand-harvest their wild seaweed in a sustainable manner, I’m still not buying it.


What wildcrafting seaweed fails to do is to put ‘more’ seaweed into the oceans than it takes out.

Increasing the seaweed content in areas where sustainable farming is able to take place provides another food source for marine life in the area.

As mentioned earlier, responsible open ocean seaweed farming increases the health of the water by helping to reduce the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and acidity (pH) levels in the water.

With the impacts of Ocean Dead Zones being something that is no longer able to be hidden, it is my opinion that stronger steps like sustainable ocean farming need to be taken to combat this.

Think of this as the Ocean’s version of a tree planting program. With more seaweed comes more oxygen, and the water is also alkalized as a result.

This is something that our planet needs us to do on a bigger scale than we currently do. You can play a part in supporting this when you buy seaweed from a supplier who sources and grows sustainably.

As a responsible consumer, the more you can get to know about how your seaweed gets to your table, the better off you, the Seaweed Farmers, and the environment can be.

The question is; does wildcrafting as a practice really align with your values?

Also see What is Wildcrafted Sea Moss? Is it Good for Our Planet?

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How to use Sea Moss

Being a very versatile marine vegetable, sea moss, along with other seaweeds, can be added to almost any type of dish. One of the things that love about sea moss is that it is a plant based alternative to gelatin.

Over the years I have made this a part of many recipes to help with binding, and doing all of the things that I previously did with gelatin.

It is also really easy to add to things like:

  • Smoothies
  • Smoothie bowls
  • Juices
  • Cakes
  • Sauces, and
  • Plant based ice cream

Some of my favorite recipes that I’ve developed around sea moss include my:

Not only do I use it in my food, but I also use it for a range of other purposes, such as:

The longer I’m around this amazing seaweed, the more I find that I can do with it.

Sounds almost too good to be true, right? If you’re new to it, why not ask others in various online forums about their experiences with sea moss. It may surprise you what you find out.

There are some other really cool things you can use your seaweed for that you might like to give a try. Some of these can be quite decadent, and others more traditional.

Also see What are the Benefits of Eating Seaweed Everyday?

Also see How Can I Eat Seaweed Everyday?

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Irish Moss Milk Drink

The Sea Moss Milk drink is known by some as Sea Moss Gold. To make this yourself, simply add milk to a pot and heat gently with clean sea moss.

You can also flavor the milk with honey, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. You can drink the Sea Moss Gold with (or without) a nip of whiskey.

A cool desert option to keep in mind is that when the Sea Moss Gold cools, the it can take on a pudding-like texture similar to tapioca if you haven’t used too much milk.

Also, this works really well with plant based milks. One trick I love to use is to make a 50/50 mix of coconut cream and soy milk. The coconut helps to take that nutty soy flavor out. This is great for cream based pasta alternatives too. The sea moss helps to thicken these up nicely.

Or you could try this lovely island treat. In the Caribbean, they make a drink from this by first cleaning the seaweed thoroughly. The next step is to soak the seaweed in lime juice overnight.

Add some water, cinnamon and the seaweed lime mixture to a pot and bring to the boil. Allow the mix to cool down and then add some sweeteners like sugar, Lakanto, or stevia,with vanilla, condensed milk, and some dried fruit to taste.

More Recipe Ideas

As you can tell from the ideas shared above, sea moss is a natural thickening agent. It can be added to many different foods. By adding it to hot meals broths, soups and stews, the mixture will thicken nicely.

I love to add the gel to my smoothies. It gives them a beautiful silken texture.

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A Sea Moss Bath

For a bath like no other where your skin feels hydrated and refreshed, adding your seaweed can help to give your body a touch of luxurious pampering that is like nothing else.

To do this, simply clean and then soak your raw sea moss in fresh (preferably filtered) water for twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) hours. Then add it, with the water it was soaking in, to a bath and allow to rest for a few minutes.

You may choose to leave the seaweed in the bath if you wish, or remove it before getting in, that’s up to you. The collagen in the seaweed will also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, firm the skin, and leave you feeling relaxed.

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Making Sea Moss Gel

Estimate Cost : 5 AUD

Time Needed : 24 hours

Using as little as 0.5 ounces (15 grams) of dried sea moss will make about 17 fluid ounce (500 ml) of sea moss gel. Making your own gel is a simple process which has a few basic steps that I’ll outline for you. However, if you would rather buy your Sea Moss Gel pre-made, then you have plenty of options to choose from.

  1. Cleaning

    First, rinse your sea moss thoroughly with cool, clean water. You need to make sure you remove any sand, salt, and foreign matter off the seaweed.

  2. Soaking

    Once you are happy with the cleanliness of the seaweed, soak the it in about 17 fluid ounce (500 ml) of clean, filtered water for 24 to 48 hours.
    Some people suggest a shorter time frame and and boiling the sea moss. But I think it’s better to soak it for a longer period of time, and not cook it.
    Keep in mind that this will expand to about three times its original size. It will be quite soft and slimy to touch (depending upon the species).

  3. Blending

    Blend the sea moss with roughly 200ml of fresh water. It should start to take on a smooth consistency. The more liquid you add the runnier the consistency.

  4. Storing

    Decant the sea moss gel into a clean glass container and store in the fridge until ready for use. This will last for between two and three weeks before it will begin to smell funny.
    If you find that your gel is thicker than you would like, you can add more water even after it has set to thin it down. it may take a few batches until you figure out what consistency you like the most.

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Strainer
  • Counter Top Blender

Also see How to Make Sea Moss Gel.

Also see When does Sea Moss Gel Expire? How to keep it Fresh.


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What is this Seaweed Good For?

Seeing as you’re reading this guide, I presume that you’re already aware that sea moss is an amazing superfood. Top of the charts if you ask me. But, if you’re still wondering what all the buzz is about, let me explain.

As it turns out, sea moss has a heck of a lot of benefits. I’m so pleased that more and more people are coming to realize this.

Did you know that our bodies require an astonishing 102 minerals for optimal health? According to all accounts, sea moss is believed to contain a whopping 92 minerals.

This is why it is regarded as a Superfood. And that’s just the beginning. Because sea moss contains so many beneficial minerals, it is clearly great for people who are malnourished.

Usually, people focus on the 16 essential minerals. If you’ve ever bought those multi-mineral tablets from the pharmacy, they will typically consist of:

  • Calcium
  • Fluoride
  • Iodine
  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Molybdenum
  • Sulfur, and
  • Zinc

As you will have been able to tell so far, I prefer eating a diet full of variety so that I can consume all the minerals my body needs. Getting these straight from wholefoods, the way nature intended, is much more effective in my opinion.

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A Great Source of Collagen

Did you know that there are different species of seaweed which are a great source of collagen? Yes, that’s right, plant based collagen!

The human body is made up of different types of collagen proteins which are almost identical to the collagen proteins found in seaweed.

Through this Vegan source of collagen, sea moss has life-enhancing nutrients which help to strengthen the bonesimprove brain functionand more.

Collagen is absorbed into the body where it is needed the most to help combat the effects of deterioration through aging, and improve general health.

Keep in mind that the body will use any source of sustenance it gets to preserve life before working on making you look younger. This is why I choose to use a topical application of sea moss gel. It gets those amazing minerals and collagen straight to where my skin needs it to look younger.

Also see Younger Skin with Vegan Collagen Sources.

Also see What are the Best Collagen Sources for Vegans?

Also see What are the Seaweed Collagen Benefits?

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Sea Moss Improves Skin Conditions

Apart from being a great source of collagen, sea moss also contains antiseptic properties.

When it is applied topically to the skin it helps to relieve and treats a variety of conditions from minor burns (including sunburn), to acne, rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

I have been applying raw (uncooked) sea moss gel topically to my skin for over a year now. Since I started doing this I have noticed a visible improvement in my skin.

How seaweed can help fight aging and improve your skin. Find this image on Instagram.

My skin texture appears more smooth, I experience fewer pimples, and a reduction in the fine lines around my eyes. I have also seen a significant reduction in the number of visible pores, and pore size

The type 1 and 3 Collagen from the seaweed gives me a more youthful looking appearance. No need for expensive cosmetics, I just apply sea moss gel morning and evening.

Yes, I sleep with it on as an overnight mask.

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Seaweed as Medicine

With a history spanning back hundreds, if not, thousands of years, seaweed has been used for a range of natural medicinal purposes.

So, what is sea moss good for from a medicinal perspective? The research is ongoing and it looks like the list seems to be endless, but I’d like to cover a few that I found interesting in this guide.

Expels Excess Mucus from the Body

Sea moss contains antiviral properties which help the body recover from colds, flues and some more severe illnesses as well.

It has been used to treat respiratory problems from coughs to phlegm, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and more for generations by providing the body with a means to purge mucus.

One of the fundamental teachings of Doctor Sebi was that there is only one disease; mucus.

The manifestation of inflammation arising from the build up of mucus in the compromised membranes causes varying degrees of congestion. Sea moss is believed to be highly effective at helping the body purge built up mucus.

Reduces inflammation

Sea Moss, when consumed may help relieve muscle and joint pain. It possesses naturally occurring anti-inflammatory properties.

This, and other seaweeds have also been used to reduce the appearance of, and pain caused by the inflammation of varicose veins.

There are people who also consume this for improved gut health. Sea moss is believed to reduce the inflammation of the stomach and intestines while increasing the presence of good bacteria.

Eating this amazing seaweed  on a regular basis, according to the research, has been shown to improve digestive health.

Balances Hormones

Our hormones are managed by the thyroid gland which is found at the base of the throat. The thyroid gland is responsible for balancing our hormones and managing the immune system.

If the thyroid is not functioning properly, people tend to experience either an overactive or under-active thyroid. Sea moss contains Iodine which helps to balance the thyroid function, and strengthens the immune system.

This is a vital nutrient for someone who actively avoids consuming common iodized sodium chloride, or table salt. Iodized salt is better than salt that is not iodized, however, mineral salts are better on the whole.

Some mineral salts can be lower in iodine than what you would otherwise need. Himalayan salt and Celtic Sea Salt are full of minerals, but they can at times lack in suitable iodine levels.

A healthy iodine level helps to protect against a range of complications and is a natural way to regulate hormones and metabolism.

Be careful when taking pharmaceutical thyroid medication as this may conflict with the natural properties of sea moss. Consuming too much, or not enough Iodine, may lead to more serious issues down the track.

Blood Builder and Cleanser

Consuming seaweed is also recommended by advocates of old for the natural treatment of high blood pressure. My Grandmother, who was a Naturopath in the 1940’s, relied upon seaweed in many of the treatments she administered. We even got seaweed as children in the ice cream she made.

Sea Moss is understood to help to clean the blood through a process of detoxification and controlling free-radicals. It has also been identified that sea moss can help the body to regulate blood regulate sugar levels through specific means. This makes this seaweed a good natural product for people with diabetes to help manage their blood sugar levels.

When it comes to building stronger blood, seaweed provides a mass of nutritional power to support this. Healthy blood need a supply of:

As a natural source of iron, sea moss helps to build healthier blood cells. Recent research has shown that maintaining healthy iron levels helps to prevent dangerous blood clotting. To help improve your body’s ability to absorb iron it is recommended by Dietitians and Nutritionists that you also have sufficient Vitamin C at the same time.

With these essential building blocks, the body is able to produce red blood cells more effectively. This means that oxygen is able to be transported within the body to where it needs to be.

Libido Baby

Some people believe that sea moss plays a key part in enhancing or even increasing their libido, and claim that it’s a great aphrodisiac. This is the case in countries in the Caribbean where the seaweed is even available as a canned drink.

As much as this may sound like it is anecdotal, there are results of studies done by the International Journal of Marine Biology and Research that indicate this is proven. So, it sounds like the verdict is in; seaweed can enhance libido.

Other things that could impact on libido are various health complications, and even persistent pain. Dr. Sebi explained in detail how a change in his diet, where he fasted and moved to consuming alkaline foods had cured his obesity, diabetes and impotency. He explicit attributed the impotency to his overall health at the time.


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Sea Moss for Weight Loss

My wife was previously a weight loss coach, and I must admit that the concept of eating healthy seemed to be a vague and sometimes poorly defined for her clients when they first came to her.

When she spoke with people about choosing healthy options there seemed to be an assumption that ‘healthy’ must mean food that was boring, like plain flavorless salads and nasty tasting health products.

In my experience, this certainly does not need to be the case.

There are lots of amazing healthy meal options available on the market. And adding seaweed to a variety of healthy meal options makes this a really simple process.

Sea moss is low fat and low cholesterol.

Did you know that there is research which shows that a balanced diet consuming a low-calorie diet and sea moss could help with weight loss?

There are plenty of accounts of people you’ll be able to find that have shared their weight loss successes when they’ve consumed this seaweed as part of a healthy diet.

We are also frequently told about the benefits of consuming fiber in our diets. The great news is that sea moss contains dietary fiber which is essential for gut health and a good digestive system. We’ll dig into that a little deeper in the next section.

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Other Sea Moss Benefits

Preciously we have spoken about the Top 10 Benefits of Sea Moss. These covered quite a few of the positive outcomes that we have experienced, and those around us have communicated that they had experienced too.

Here, we will take a closer look at some of the other benefits that our Customers have shared with us, and we have since looked further into the research behind sea moss, which:

1 – Contains Taurine
2 – Is rich in Long Chain Polysaccharides
3 – Fights Varicose Vein
4 – Strengthens Connective Tissue
5 – Helps to Improve Digestion
6 – May be Effective for Fighting Prostate Enlargement
7 – Can Help to Control Appetite
8 – Can Promote Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
9 – Supports Healthy Gums
10 – Can Help to Clear up Acne
11 – Can Help to Reduce Pore Size
12 – Is effective at Reducing Dandruff
13 – Helps to Improve Circulation, and
14 – Reduces the Impact of Radiation Poisoning

As we dig deeper on the benefits and side effects of this seaweed, we need to understand that it has been attributed with many benefits and is constantly being studied.

As a natural product that has been used for generations, it has a long list of loyal believers. Many Naturopaths and Herbalists will administer different seaweeds as a natural treatments for a range of conditions.

Rather than waiting to find out that you’re struggling with a particular complication, you may want to take preventative steps and consider the following benefits of sea moss in conjunction with professional advice.

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It is a valuable source of Taurine

A mineral which lowers blood pressure, Taurine is known to support a healthy metabolism and assist the body with binding bowel fats. As a result, is is actively involved in promoting the breakdown, digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Taurine is also essential for healthy heart function and helps the body to maintain mineral balance within cells.

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Sea moss is rich in Carbohydrates called Polysaccharides

Polysaccharides from certain seaweeds have been studies and found to help strengthen the immune system. They have been found to assist with the reduction of tumor growth and autoimmune diseases.

These long chain polysaccharides are an inter sting form of insoluble fiber, and they have been found to help manage cholesterolinflammatory bowel disease, and they may also hold the key to tackling one of the biggest health concerns today associated with carcinogenics.

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Sea Moss is known to help fight and even prevent varicose veins

A reliable source of potassium chloride, it is full of nutritional value, including Matrix metalloproteinase 2. This is helpful in combating conditions like varicose veins.

Potassium chloride is a key mineral which is very effective at dissolving catarrh.

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Sea moss helps to strengthen connective tissue

Being full of collagen, Sea Moss is a great support to healthy hair, skin and nails. Some people have even reported that it helps to stimulate the regrowth of hair.

But, as mentioned earlier, any source of nutritional value you body gets that will support life will be used for this purpose primarily.

Collagen plays a key part in healthy bones and connective tissue. As these are more essential to keeping you alive and healthy than fighting wrinkles, this is where it will be used as a priority when you ingest it.

When you stop to think about the aging process, the skin changes in a more pronounced way when it is exposed to UV rays. These rays can stimulate the production of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which contributes to the degradation of collagen.

As we age our genetics may see us being exposed to higher secretions of MMP and the resultant deterioration of collagen type I and collagen type III.

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Sea Moss helps with digestion and digestive functions

Being a source of natural fiber, sea moss is a very gentle laxative. The almost slimy or filmy nature of it when it is made into a gel helps to line the bowels and keep them healthy.

This is believed to reduce the potential for matter sticking in your gut during the digestion and excretion process.

By enhancing transit time, and being a prebiotic, it is a great form of gut food that helps with soothing complications and helping to heal previous gut damage.


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Sea Moss could hold the key to treating prostate enlargement

In more recent times there has been research conducted on a range of seaweeds potentially providing a natural option for the treatment various forms of mutagenic cellular growth.

Various species of seaweed have been looked for the isolation of specific structural forms including bryostatin 1.

Even though this research has proven to be slow paced and dogged with resource challenges, it is believed that sea moss and Bugula Neritina could provide a degree of hope to many.

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Can Help to Control Appetite

If you’ve been trying all sorts of ways to drop those last few stubborn pounds or kilos, this seaweed might be just the thing to help you reach your goal.

Various studies have pointed to the presence of a specific type of dietary fiber in seaweeds like sea moss, and fucoxanthin. It is through these that the body can receive messages that tell it that it has had enough food.

I have been able to fast while on sea moss for as long as 2 weeks and have found the feeling of higher energy, better mental clarity, and dropping a few kilograms has helped me.

Before looking at doing something like this it is highly recommended that you speak with a qualified professional first who can assess your specific circumstances.

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Can Promote Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

My wife can attest to the value of making sea moss a part of her routine in that it has helped her with overcoming depression.

After years of seeing one specialist after another, across a range of modalities, she decided to stop taking the medication that was prescribed, and change her diet.

This is not intended to be a call to action for anyone else to follow in her footsteps. This is simply an anecdotal account of her journey.

She complemented the addition of sea moss to her diet with other plant based wholefoods and progressively phased out animal products.

Having spent so much time and money working on herself in a number of ways, she has put together a book that outlines the steps she took and the changes she made.

This is a holistic approach that you may find interesting. But, to emphasize again, this is an account of her journey, and not intended as an instructional guide.

Studies have shown that alterations to the composition of metabolites and microbiota in the gut through dietary fibers found in seaweeds like sea moss have had a positive effect here too.

Interestingly, our bodies have no real means of storing or conserving potassium yet it is a necessary element for a healthy life. Potassium has also been attributed to supporting good mental and emotional health.

There have also been studies conducted where the benefits of potassium have been linked to improving ADHD, agitation, anxiety, depression, and even moodiness.

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Supports Healthy Gums

I have been using sea moss gel as a mouthwash for a few years now, and I’m able to say that the previous occasional cases of seeing blood when brushing my teeth are no more.

Using this as a dental aid was something I moved towards instead of using colloidal silver. The organified silver (a biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles) found in seaweeds is much more effective in the human body.

Silver has a long history of being beneficial for good health. If you’re able to get the silver content you need from plant based sources rather than other non organic sources, you’ll be much better off in my opinion.

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Can Help to Clear up Acne

My wife previously had occasional breakouts of acne from time to time. Since using sea moss gel as a topical application at night as a mask, and in the morning, she has seen a significant reduction in these.

The effect of this can be attributed to the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the seaweed. I would also go so far as to say that the presence of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) in sea moss has a significant part to play in skin repair here.

I previously found that after shaving I would experience ingrown hairs on my throat. Changing the direction of shaving and going with the grain instead of against it helped a bit.

Since I’ve been using sea moss gel as a topical application I have not experienced any ingrown hairs. This is with no other changes to how I shave.

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Can Help to Reduce Pore Size

After using sea moss gel as a topical application to support the healing process on a spot treated with a drawing slave my wife noticed some changes in the pore size on the skin around my nose and upper cheeks.

Algal polysaccharidesspecifically Galactans are believed to have a key role to play in promoting healthy skin and repairing the extracellular matrix. I firmly believe that these elements of the gel are what contributed to the reduction of pore size in my case.

I have also had feedback from friends and some Customers who have made their own gel that they too have had similar experiences. With a skincare option this natural and this cheap, why would you spend hundreds of dollars on something that has been isolated or synthesized?

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Is effective at Reducing Dandruff

Another case of anecdotal evidence with some supporting research comes through a friend of ours who has been an avid sea moss fan since she learned about it from us.

She’s been using it as a part of her hair care regime and has provided feedback that it has completely eliminated her dandruff.

This is promising for anyone who struggles to control a case of dandruff, and the science behind this points to the minerals and natural salts as one component of what sea moss absorbs from the sea.

Particularly when combined with specific essential oils, sea moss has the potential to provide relief to those who are looking for it.

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Helps to Improve Circulation

Extensive research into Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and other elements of failing health that lead to poor blood circulation have yielded some interesting results.

The filing of patents on the use of extracts from sea moss in the treatment of PAD and other complications including the presence and build up of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque appear to provide for a promising future for many.

Being a natural source of Fucoidan, under targeted studies sea moss was identified as having arterial and venous antithrombotic properties, and was even reported as being capable of forming new blood vessels in animals under controlled experiments.

From my late 30’s I would experience tingling sensations in my left thigh at different times. This could be while standing, sitting, or laying down. My Doctor told me it was most likely the result of pressure on my upper thigh which came from having my wallet in my front left pocket.

I kept it here to reduce the impact on my spine from sitting on it. If you can avoid having a chunky wallet in your back pocket it will help your back health immensely.

After about 2 years of taking sea moss gel regularly I can report that the tingling sensations are no more. A also changed how I deal with my wallet which has helped too, although this step was implemented early on and there was still tingling and numbness for about a year after from time to time.

I’m putting the improvement down to both the change in what I was doing with my wallet, and taking sea moss gel daily.

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Reduces the Impact of Radiation Poisoning

Seaweeds have been known to possess a range of benefits. But did you know that specific types of seaweed have been looked to for their capacity to treat the effects of radiation poisoning?

After the fallout at Chernobyl the contamination of the area as a result of the radioactive matter left many with health complications, and still does to this day. One highly radioactive substance which was released was a radioisotope that proved to be particularly problematic; Iodine-131.


The preferred method of treatment for exposure to Iodine-131 is to does with potassium iodide. The potassium iodide blocks the uptake of Iodine-131 by the thyroid.

Sea moss is one species of seaweed that has been identified as containing potassium iodide. This is not to say that your best option for treating radiation poisoning is to chow down on seaweed, but to highlight that it naturally contains what is used to deal with such complications.

When you stop to think about how Nature has bundled up the amazing gifts we have been given, it’s really quite humbling.

Also see You Should Eat Seaweed; Benefits Galore!

Also see Top 10 Benefits of Sea Moss

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Known Side Effects of Sea Moss

The range of known side effects of sea moss can best be summed up to include:

  • It has anticoagulant properties
  • It has laxative properties

With all things that are good for you, there is what you could call an upper limit. That is to say that you can have too much of a good thing.

Sea moss is not excluded from this, so there are some considerations that need to be made before you make it a regular part of your diet. Looking more closely at these known side effects, it is worth keeping in mind that:

It has anticoagulant properties

It is worth keeping in mind that many different species of seaweed, including sea moss, contain naturally occurring blood thinners.

So it is not recommended to consume sea moss when taking any type of blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) or blood pressure medication (antihypertensives).

People that use sea moss while taking antihypertensives can experience negative side effects. Antihypertensive medication is used to treat high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Side effects that may occur can include feeling a sense of dizziness, a sense of being lightheaded and syncope, which is a momentary loss of consciousness and posture.

If you have suffered from stomach ulcers or other medical issues where you have encountered internal bleeding then you would be best advised to avoid sea moss in the case that a preexisting medical condition is aggravated.

It has laxative properties

Sea moss can have other side effects such as bringing on diarrhea in cases where there is excessive consumption.

However, the same could easily be said for anything that you have too much of. Your body is going to look for ways to flush it out if there is too much of it.

Provided you don’t suffer from any of the above conditions, this seaweed can be a great addition to your diet by bringing in plenty of additional nutrients and minerals for almost no side effect.

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Are Sea Moss and Carrageenan the same thing?

Carrageenan is an extract from specific species of seaweed and it’s used to make beauty products, toothpaste, beverages, confectionery and many different types of dairy products.

Unfortunately, carrageenan, being an extract of seaweed, doesn’t contain all the amazing properties that whole raw seaweed has. It’s simply an isolated component that serves a very basic function and provides next to no nutritional value.

Carrageenan, as a processed product, has been linked to digestive issues and some other health complications.

It is important to note that through the processing of carrageenan rich seaweeds, all other elements that provide benefit within those seaweeds are lost.

Keep in mind that sea moss is not carrageenan, and carrageenan is not sea moss.

woman in white shirt holding out waffle cone ice cream which is slightly melted that has two scoops of ice cream. The top scoop is raspberry ice cream and is hanging over the right edge of the cone. The bottom scoop is chocolate ice cream and is packed tightly into the cone. She has purple fingernail polish on and is blurred into the background with her arm stretched out towards the camera holding the ice cream in focus
Did you know that ice cream and other food products have seaweed in them? Find this image on Instagram.

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What to Know Before You Buy Sea Moss

Before you buy sea moss it is worth considering a few factors beyond just the price.

Origin, cultivation techniques, environmental impact, local laws, local ecology, local economics and a few other factors are what we consider before buying sea moss.

For us, it is more about what we are contributing to with our purchasing power rather than just getting the cheapest price on the market.

So, let’s take a closer look at the factors within our decision making process.

When it comes to your health there are often a number of factors that will influence your purchasing decisions.

Not all products are created equal, on that we can agree. So in this section of our guide I’ll share with you what I needed to know before I made the decision to buy sea moss.

There are a few different places where this seaweed is cultivated around the world. Some are more favorable than others for a number of reasons. The basic considerations I make before choosing where to buy my sea moss from includes:

  1. The environmental conditions in the area
  2. The quality of the waters that the sea moss is grown in
  3. The farming practices applied to cultivate the sea moss
  4. The practices used to harvest and process the sea moss
  5. The quality of the sea moss as a finished product
  6. The prevalence of diseases that affect sea moss in those areas
  7. The logistics of getting the sea moss to my door, and
  8. The cost of the sea moss

As I began to look into where I was sourcing my seaweed from, I found that what I learned about the various practices applied in different parts of the industry was troubling.

We know that the oceans have a history of taking a beating from the pollution that has been pumped out from the land.

Factories, farms, power plants, rubbish dumps, sewerage and storm water runoff, and commercial operations even on the smaller scale all have an impact.

From the blatantly obvious dumping of materials into the ocean, to the often forgotten storm water drainage systems that feed from transport yards, shopping center car parks and other high vehicular traffic areas.

Every decision that is consciously or unconsciously made with what you buy plays a part in painting one picture or another.

So, it’s more a question of values in where I choose to buy my seaweed from than simply the price of the product.

If you are not motivated by points such as these, there are some good reasons that link to the quality of the product that are worth considering too.

Sea moss is a very responsive plant. As it spends its life submerged in the water, it is directly impacted by what is in that very water.

The last thing you most likely want is a batch of seaweed that has been exposed to nasty chemicals, or worse. So, what can you consider before you buy sea moss that will help you avoid that?

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Where does Sea Moss come from?

Sea moss is cultivated in many different countries around the world. There are very large seaweed farming operations based in Indonesia, the Philippines, the Caribbean, Zanzibar, China, Korea, Japan, Brazil, and Thailand to name a few.

There are more and more seaweed farms popping up all of the time. Australia is becoming known as a place where seaweed is grown for human consumption, and this offers immense value to the market as a result of our pristine natural environment.

As more and more countries wake up to the commercial opportunity presented by this growing industry, the number of farms continues to increase.

With different countries comes different dynamics. Most notably, standards.

As an emerging industry, seaweed farming is for the most part unregulated. Many operations tend to be small seaside villages where farmers plant rows of seaweed on submerged string lines.

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Sea moss being cultivated on underwater lines

These types of farms have virtually exploded in some parts of the world, while others are struggling to gain exposure to the global market.

With this type of opportunity there comes the potential for exploitation. And in an unregulated industry, this is ever more likely.

In recent years the Thai Government has worked towards establishing farming standards for the cultivation and harvesting of sea grapes, a different type of seaweed.

In my experience, the quality of these sea grapes is not to the same standard as in Vietnam where there are much higher standards with foods.

Further to the south, the Indonesian Government has supported local Seaweed Farmers with funding contributions. This has helped them establish a presence in the market, but more work needs to be done on standardisation and water quality control.

With regards to standards, our sea moss is grown and prepared to meet the strict food and bio-security regulations in Australia. This is laboratory tested and checked for a range of things that can occur in any ocean which may present a threat to health and safety.

As detailed in the opening, sea moss comes in a range of different species, and within those species there can be a range of slightly different characteristics. The most obvious being a difference in color.

Aside from species variations, this can be the result of the waters that the sea moss grows in, the mineral composition of the area, or even the quality and quantity of sunlight.

Although I had the ability to choose from a number of countries before I bought my sea moss, geography and exchange rates were among the last factors that I needed to consider.

I needed to know that with the decision I was making that I was contributing to a sustainable process on multiple levels.

As you read on in this guide, you will see that as important as the end price of the product is, it really is just one dimension of the decision making process.

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Cultivation and Harvesting Considerations

Before you take the plunge and buy sea moss online, consider this. Typically, seaweed companies need to jump through quite a few hoops before they can get their product on the market.

Any company that has a current certification to show that they are operating compliantly, and meet the criteria to be deemed as organic are the ones to seek out.

This is not an easy process as responses from Farmers and companies involved in processing can be reluctant to turn over this type of information in my experience.

water fasting is easier to break and move back to solid foods when you introduce sea moss towards the end of the fast. This image is a picture of dark olive green sea moss growing on lines in the open ocean. The deep ocean waters are clear and blue under a soft afternoon sun
Growing in the open Ocean – sustainable harvesting practices at work. Find this image on Instagram.

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Processing and Packaging

Watch out for unwanted additives and chemicals used in the drying and preservation process. The whole reason you are looking at how you can come up with ways to eat seaweed everyday is to improve your health.

Some companies may opt to bleach their seaweed, particularly in the case of Kappaphycus Alvarezii, another name for sea moss. Naturally dried seaweed should have some signs of variations in shade or maybe even color.

This is a plant that grows in varying conditions, and like any other plant, it will not look consistently the same as the next plant.

As much as bleaching can take place, so can artificial coloring. If your seaweed is very bright to look at, like a brilliant green, chances are there are artificial colors in it.

Naturally, dried seaweed will look a little dull compared to fresh seaweed. But, that’s not what sells, so the manufacturers pump them full of colors to make them look pretty.

sea moss inside a clear plastic bag that has been exposed to the sun to help sweat the color out of the seaweed. This sea moss is now a milky white color, and also translucent in some parts. The bag has water collected in the bottom which is also milky white. This has dropped out of the seaweed which was originally olive green, through exposure to the heat of the sun and the sea moss being encased in a controlled environment in the plastic bag.
Naturally Sun bleached seaweed without the use of any chemicals. Find this image on Instagram.

Check out the video of what this looked like on our Instagram before the color dropped out.

But what if it’s coated in chunky looking table salt?

You really don’t want to eat that stuff! Typically sea moss is dried in the sun, and the longer it is dried for the lower the moisture content.

If you are getting seaweed that has a higher moisture content, it is likely to have a much shorter shelf life, which is why it is later coated in slat. This is a step taken to help preserve the seaweed.

Another step is that bags or jars, once packed, are charged with food grade nitrogen gas. This is a standard practice in the food production industry, even in Australia. It purges the remaining oxygen out of the package and slows down the degradation.


Nitrogen gas makes up about 78% of the air that we breath. It is oxygen that is responsible for oxidization and decay occurring.

If it has been dried to the point that salt does not need to be added, the shelf life for the sea moss is going to be a lot longer.

This is a sign of quality. However, many people think that a bigger piece of sea moss is better, and the ‘real deal’ when it really only has a higher moisture content.

Think of this like you might when you think of dates. You know the Medjool Dates that you can buy which are big and juicy? They tend to cost a lot more when they are dried than when they are fresh.

This is due to the reduction in mass, which means less raw dates to the kilo, or pound, and there’s the processing (drying) time and handling that needs to be added too.

Dried sea moss, typically to a moisture content below 10% is of a very high grade. It will re-hydrate to be much bigger than what you may first expect. When it is higher in moisture content (or fresher), there needs to more slat to help preserve it.

But what about dried seaweed that is seasoned?

Too much salt, particularly when it is not a natural occurring mineral salt, is not a good thing. Some seaweed snacks are also pumped full of MSG, and you most likely already know what I’m going to say about that.

While on the topic of processing and packaging, before you buy sea moss you should find out about the nutritional content of the product.

If the supplier you are buying from does not have a recent scientific analysis sheet for the product, I would look for one that does. Try to find one that is less than a year old as the shelf life is normally up to two years for  a low moisture content. This should be indicative of the age of the crop being sold.

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What type of Sea Moss is the Best?

Without going back over the various species and the market confusion, we will look at the type of sea moss you buy as an end product.

When you buy sea moss it is much better to choose on that is naturally dried, and not baked. Take a leaf out of any Raw Foodist’s book with this; if it’s cooked, it’s dead.

Roasted seaweed of any kind has much less nutritional value when compared to the fresh or naturally dried varieties you can purchase.

Flakes are also something I avoid buying. It’s a personal preference thing; I’d rather have the whole piece of seaweed that I can work with rather than a packet of dusty fragments.

If your sea moss is in a powder form, it may as well be thrown in the bin as far as I’m concerned. It’s no longer a wholefood, and there’s no telling what else has been done to the sea moss in the process.

Powdered sea moss is often bulked up with fillers, and at times it is also often mixed with Carrageenan.

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Diseases and Quality Degradation

Different species of seaweed are prone to different pests, and different diseases. One such disease that can affect sea moss is called ‘Ice-Ice‘.

Ice-ice can severely impact upon the yield when farming sea moss.Taking on the appearance of being frozen, ice-ice occurs when the sea moss is exposed to dramatic changes in the surrounding conditions. These can include:

  • Fluctuations in salinity
  • Shifts in water temperature, and
  • Variations in the strength or intensity of sunlight as a result of sediment buildup on the seaweed
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Ice-Ice on Gracilaria
sample of seaweed that has been infected with ice-ice which is sitting on a timber board. The seaweed is a species of sea moss that is dark olive green. The area that has been affected by the ice-ice is clear white and at the end of a main thalus or branch of the sea moss
Ice-Ice on seaweed taken straight from the Ocean. Find this image on Instagram.

When species of sea moss such as Kappaphycus Alvarezii are identified as being exposed to Ice-Ice, the affected areas are described as taking on a ‘moist’ form which then provides an opportunity for bacteria, specifically Flavobacteria and Aeromonas, to compromise the plant.

Once these have been introduced to the surrounding water, the seaweed then takes on an iced white appearance, causing the plant to harden.

As a consumer, this renders the plant useless, and is comparable to a woody pineapple, or a powdery stone fruit or apple. There’s little you can do with it, and it’s far from palatable.

The presence of excessive sediment in the water can play big a part in impacting on the quality of the seaweed.

When you are shopping around, before you buy any seaweed from a new supplier, see if there is a clear photograph of a new, or current, batch. Look out for high levels of impurities and debris.

A thick or heavy layer of sediment could indicate that the seaweed may have been susceptible to exposure. A dirty looking specimen will have more than surface debris to contend with.

Often, due to the nature of the plant, there can be fragments and sediment inside the plant. This is normal to a much lesser extent and can be washed out, however, when you see a soiled plant you’ll know it!

Sediment typically comes from the sea moss being farmed in rapid moving, turbulent water, or after a natural event that causes the seabed to become much more disturbed than it normally is.

Seaweed Farmers that are impacted by waters that are too murky to grow their crops in will not have much success when it comes to a viable harvest. Normally, the waters a much clearer than other areas and can often have good underwater visibility for 20 meters or more.

Often plants that are heavily soiled by sediment aren’t even harvested for processing. They are far too damaged to have much value in the market, and a good Farmer will not risk their reputation passing off a their rate product.

Quite often, crops in these cases are simply abandoned. This is not a bad thing, as they still fulfill a function to support the ecosystem, even in their lesser grade state.

The resources required to clean the sediment off the seaweed often means that even if it were able to be sold, the price required to make a profit would bee too high for the consumer.

While we are on the topic of grades, there are different grades for sea moss, which is why there may be significant price differences. Like any other produce, the higher the grade, or quality, the higher the price.

Given that there are a number of factors to consider before you buy sea moss, this should have provided some context on what to look for, and why.

For your benefit we have included the comments from previous articles that have been redirected to this article as a part of the update. If you have anything you would like to add about your Sea Moss journey, we would love to hear from you!

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About the Author

Matthew has been on an active journey towards living a healthy life from a young age. Influenced by his Grandmother, a practicing Naturopath in the 1940's, his views on living holistically were shaped from a young age. Growing up in different parts of Australia, his connection with the Ocean and a passion for sustainability comes through in everything he does and shares.

54 thoughts on “Sea Moss Ultimate Guide; How to get The Best in 2020”

  1. That’s a fair concern that you raise, Lindsay. Given that the disaster was of a scale that the world has not seen since the days of Chernobyl or Three Mile Island it is hard to be precise on when the radiation will diminish to the point that it will be negligible.

    The NOAA released some models that show what the anticipated contamination levels and path may look like. There are reports that the clean up works engaged in have seen impressive results and that the monitoring of the sea water by the IAEA are looking positive. But when it comes to sources of information on a subject like this, who do you trust?

    Would I eat sea moss from this part of the world. Honestly, I would be reluctant unless I had commissioned tests on the sea moss myself through a lab that was not connected with any parties that had a vested interest. Given that we source our sea moss from areas that were not geographically placed in the path of the fallout, we are confident that our sea moss is not contaminated.

    To provide you with the utmost confidence in this, we have each harvest assessed by an independent laboratory and provide this data to our customers freely.

  2. Hi I’ve been look for somewhere to buy sea moss that is good. You said a few thing heer that make me think. I don’t want bad sea moss. When you sell? You have no store online?

  3. Hello Aalaa, thank you for your question.

    We will have our store set up soon so you can buy sea moss online with us. Currently, we are only supplying a few retailers in Australia with our sea moss, and the people using it are giving us good feedback.

    You are right in saying that it is important to know the quality of the sea moss can be trusted. If you are getting something that comes from areas that are not suitable, you may have something that is not so good on your hands. We have been working very hard with seaweed farmers from a number of countries which are in some very safe locations. The quality of the oceans in these areas is very good.

    Many people ask me about the dangers related to the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and if this could be something that has an impact on their sea moss. It is possible, so you need to know that what you are getting is not coming from a country where this was a problem. There is information about the plume modeling after the accident from the NOAA which indicates that immediately after the incident that the fallout was of direct impact on waters and countries to the west of Japan.

    Understandably, the ocean’s currents are consistently moving, and this information does not reflect the current day radioactivity levels in the oceans of the planet as a result (if you click on the image below it will open a full-size version of the map in a new window).
    We are focused on ensuring that when you buy sea moss from us that it is safe for human consumption, high quality, and does not contain anything that presents a danger. We do this by having samples for each batch tested for a range of elements, heavy metals, toxins, pathogenic microorganisms (and their toxins). If a sample does not pass the test, we don’t bring it to the market.

    As a side note, I’m not sure about what part of the world you are in, but there are some jurisdictions that have very stringent laws and standards with regard to labeling and warning notices. This is often driven by tolerance levels of certain chemicals found in different substances, water, foods, etc.
    One such example is the State of California, who has passed Proposition 65 (previously known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). This has been cited as an example of an over-reaction in Congress by many, and called out as being an unmitigated disaster. It has been proven that the naturally occurring soil in the State of California does not pass the standards when tested enforced under Prop 65.

    Prop 65 is now seeing cafes that roast their coffee beans on site having to place warning signs about the chemicals or substances that may be present in their business as a result. It seems like a bit of overkill to many, and I can understand why.

    I share this with you because some sea moss sold online is presented with labeling that has the Prop 65 warning on it. That is not to say that their product will cause problems, but that under the current laws in California they must make this statement. A full list of chemicals regulated under Prop 65 shows that this is really quite extensive. We test our products regularly, not from the point of view that we must comply with any specific law (exclusively), but from the point of view that we want you, our customer, to be clearly informed.

    So, yes, it is important to know what you are getting when you buy sea moss online or in a store. And I hope that our articles have been able to provide you with some valuable information to help you make an informed decision.

  4. Hello Tracey,

    Thanks for your question. This is one we get asked a lot, and understandably so.

    We have found that the answer is typically yes, but that doesn’t mean that we choose not to exercise appropriate due diligence in having our sea moss tested before we list it for sale.

    There’s nothing here that we don’t personally have in our own cupboards at home. If it’s not good enough for our personal use, then you won’t find it here.

  5. I’ve been using seamoss for years and have not had a cold or felt sick for as long as I can remember since I’ve been using it. I love my seamoss!

  6. Hey Demetrie,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us! I’m so glad you have had positive experiences with sea moss!

  7. I’ve used seamoss as a part of my diet everyday for a long time. The best is to mix it with any food that you don’t need to cook. I love raw food and this works all the time.

  8. Hello Thung,

    We will have some in our store as soon as the next harvest is ready to go. If you would like to subscribe we will be able to alert you when this is ready to go.

  9. I use sea moss in salads as a whole vegetable. Just soak it and chop it up. With some dressing it tasted amazing

  10. That sounds great Ben. Good to hear that you’re making sea moss a part of your everyday!

  11. Hello Ashley,

    Thank you for asking. We are currently waiting for the next harvest. Once this is in we will be able to supply you.

  12. I buy sea moss from a company who gets it in Indonesia and theres another one that gets it in Vietnam I buy from too. Are these safe?

  13. Hello Alexandra,

    Thank you for your question. Typically yes. There have been concerns about sea moss coming from Asia, Africa and the Pacific, but these have been largely unfounded. It is important to check a few things off before you buy sea moss from any one provider in our opinion (and that includes challenging us on those same points).

    I’m currently working on an infographic to support this which I hope makes the due diligence process a little clearer for consumers. The intention is to give consumers, like yourself, some points to look at before you buy sea moss. We will look at a combination of the quality metrics, on flow effects of your purchase, health and safety considerations, and the accessibility of information related to laboratory testing.

    As a part of our commitment to you, as a customer of ours (regardless of if you buy from us, you’re here engaging us – and that’s important) and our commitment to ourselves, we work hard on leaving no stone unturned.

    See, we use our sea moss every day too. And we need to know that it’s right for us also. If we don’t like it, and it fails to pass the lab tests we put it through there’s no way we will present it to you. This is why we share what we consider before we buy sea moss so you can figure out if its the right fit for you or not.

    As far as Indonesia and Vietnam, see if you can find out (roughly) where the farms are. No one will tell you the exact location of the farm they source from, or who the Farmers are. This was our biggest challenge in the early days.

    What we have learned through our contacts in many countries who are in the seaweed industry is that the Farmers are typically given a bit of a rough deal by the companies who buy in bulk from them. These suppliers typically pay a very small amount to the Farmer, and then hike the price up on the open market.

    Now, there’s nothing really wrong with that when you look at it from a ‘how the markets work’ textbook perspective. But in our hearts this isn’t really fair. We prefer to work with the Farmers who supply us, and pay them a better rate than they would otherwise get. It’s gotta be a win-win-win.

    You win because you get the best of their crop. Sea moss from a clean and pure source. They win because they are able to sell to us at a much better rate, and this is good for them, their families, and even the community. We also win, which helps us to do the same thing with other Farmers in other areas too.

    There’s other winners in this too; the marine environment and our planet.

    If we can get this right as a community and a movement, sea moss and other seaweeds can be a food source for millions. And when they know what to consider before they buy sea moss, or any other seaweed, then they will be able to be more confident in their purchase.

    I know I’ve gone on a bit here, but I’m passionate about seeing this grow and help bring people together. If you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll get a monthly update and some exclusive offers. For the infographic, check out

  14. i just brought Zanizbar sea moss powder…it says 100% zanzibar sea moss no additives, no fillers, no preservatives friend from the states, moved there for a he is having it shipped here, to sell..i think he was involved in the production of it. your wrote if it is powder throw it away…is there a way to know if it is good or bad. it has a light brown color.

  15. Hello R. Terry,

    Thank you for your question. The challenge with sea moss powder is that it has been cooked and/or processed. This has an impact on the quality of the remaining nutrients. A lot of valuable properties are destroyed during these types of processes. It doesn’t really matter what color is, once it’s cooked, it’s cooked – if you get my drift.

    Zanzibar is a great location, and there is some good quality sea moss that comes from this part of the world. If you can get it in a dried state where it is in a whole leaf form, you’re doing well. There are a number of other countries I happily source sea moss from, and I put everyone through their paces with the tips I’ve shared here on what to know before you buy sea moss.

    I would be surprised if you have any success in making much of nutritional value with a powdered version compared to the whole plant. You are unlikely able to make the powdered sea moss into a gel, which is an amazing way to use sea moss in many foods, and as a topical application.

    I hope that there is some value in what you have bought, and that it meets your needs. If not, you can always try the whole food and see how that stacks up.

  16. Hello. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. Where is the nearest place where I can physically go to get wholesale good quality sea moss?

  17. Hello Sinovuyo,

    Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, I can’t say if there are any local stockists that carry Sea Moss in Cape Town. This may sound a little obvious, but hopefully a search online for ‘Sea Moss Near Me’ will help you.

    A while ago I was in communication with a company in Johannesburg, but they don’t seem to be around anymore.

    We can ship to South Africa, but I can understand that this can be expensive so I’ve set up a promo code which will run for a little while.

    Try using ‘SUSTAINABLE2020’ in the checkout and see how you go. This may help reduce the cost and make Sea Moss more accessible to you.

    I hope this has been helpful :)

  18. This was soooo helpful for someone such as myself just getting into sea moss. Have you guys thought about letting passionate about sea moss people market and sell your sea moss? I know here in AZ not many other dolls have heard of this unless they followed Dr. Sebi. I just happen to be in sales and would love the opportunity to market and sell your sea moss here in AZ! Let me know if you already do this or what your thoughts are on doing such a thing.
    Thanks again for this plethora of information on consuming the best sea moss that is the most beneficial for my health!!

    Patti W.

  19. Hello Patti,

    Thank you for sharing your amazing energy and your kind message with us. It’s hearing from people like you that really give us a boost. Hearing that we’ve been able to offer value that you can apply is so rewarding.

    As far as getting our Sea Moss out into other markets, we are looking at a couple of options to help get the magic of sea moss out to more people. In a the next week we will launch our Affiliate Portal, which you’re most welcome to take a look at.

    We’re also open to working with people such as yourself to act as Agents for retail outlet engagement. I’ll email you some information as soon as this is ready to rock and roll.

  20. I see your company offers Sea Moss Gold. I am wanting to start incorporating Sea Moss into my family’s daily routine, especially with the coronavirus scare we are facing in California. My youngest child being 9 & I am a gastric bypass patient and I have concerns of malnourishment & my body doesn’t absorb everything as a regular body would. Is there any particular brands that would be universal for all ages?

    I would also like to know if there is a pill form or even concentrate that would be easy to give a set amount daily that I could simply add into our daily routine? I have to prepare my meals differently from the family meals and at times I also have to make meals that my older kids and husband eat and then something different for my younger children. A supplement that I can just administer to everyone once a day would be IDEAL!

    Any information would be greatly appreciated as this is the beginning of our journey to incorporate Sea Moss into our lives. I truly appreciate your page as it has helped me to educate my husband and get him on board with adding this into my family’s lives.

  21. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to us, and for your thoughtful question, Katrina.

    We’re so glad to hear that you have found value in the information we have shared here so far.

    Let me first state that I’m not a Doctor, so I can’t offer you personalised medical advice. It is worth chatting with a Doctor or a Nutritionist you trust about adding seaweed to your everyday routine.

    As far as using Sea Moss regularly goes, it’s also certainly worth considering if there could be any conflict with preexisting medical conditions or prescribed medications.

    More and more people are turning to various types of seaweed for the nutritional value that it brings. I grew up with my Grandmother, who was a Naturopath, making ice cream using seaweed, and until she told me that was what was in it, I had no idea. That wasn’t all she added seaweed to either.

    Seaweed can be made the part of many meals quite easily, all with just a little preparation. We make a gel with our Sea Moss and add this to pretty much every meal.

    I’m finding that I’m currently consuming between half a cup and two thirds of a cup each day, which is up from what was previously about a quarter of a cup before.

    What I have noticed of the greatest impact for me since adding Sea Moss to my routine is that I don’t get colds, I don’t feel fatigued, I sleep better than I have before, and I’m not feeling bloated like food is just sitting in my stomach.

    You’ll find some tips on how you can make seaweed a regular part of your day in How Can I Eat Seaweed Everyday? and What are the Benefits of Eating Seaweed Everyday?. I hope these help you with some ideas.

    Also, we have a section on our site where you’ll find recipes that have largely been crafted to include Sea Moss Gel. This is super simple to make, and we’ve got some tips here: How to Make Sea Moss Gel. If you follow these steps you’ll notice that you can’t taste the seaweed when it has been added to other foods.

    If you do decide to do this and need some more advice, we have a few articles on our website that can help, and you’re always welcome to reach out if you have any questions.

    One tip I would give you is to source your Sea Moss as a whole seaweed and make your own gel from it, rather than buying a ready made gel.

    We get a lot of questions about why people’s gel has gone bad, and this could be attributed to a range of factors that we have explored in the comments of When does Sea Moss Gel Expire? How to keep it Fresh.

    Although making your own gel may seem like a lengthy process, it gives you full control over what is happening to your seaweed. It also gives you more peace of mind when serving this up to your family.

    I can appreciate your concern with the current state of things with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It’s very responsible of you to be thinking about things like supporting your’s, and your family’s nutritional needs at a time like this.

    As far as a ‘universal’ brand or type of Sea Moss goes, as long as you’re getting it from a source you trust, and it’s not what some people would call ‘fake’ Sea Moss, you’ll be fine when it comes to product’s consistency as a seaweed as this is a natural product.

    There’s a few tips on what to look for when it comes to spotting a fake here: How to Spot Fake Sea Moss 4 Tips to Buy The Real Deal. Hopefully this helps you too.

    If you find that you are interested in buying through us, we do ship to the USA. Understandably, the costs of freight can seem high from Australia, so I’m happy to reactivate a previous promo code we issued to get you 50% off the product to help as much as we possibly can here.

    You can try using SUSTAINABLE2020 in the cart to see if this meets your needs. I’ll leave this up for a couple of weeks. All prices are in Australian Dollars on our website.

    As far as any recommendations goes, unfortunately I can’t speak to other brands on the market, as there are so many. It may be worth doing some research, and reaching out to them to gauge this for yourself. At the end of the day, you need to go with what’s going to serve you and your family the best in your opinion.

    When it comes to a supplement form, there are some companies who make a powdered form of Sea Moss. But again, I can’t advise you on these as we choose to use the whole plant rather than a refined or processed product. If you do choose a product of this type, it’s worth running this past your Doctor or Dietitian also, just to be on the safe side.

    There is a degree of convenience that comes with a pill or powdered form of seaweed. However, in my opinion that convenience comes at a price, usually in the area of energetic quality and purity, which is why we don’t stock or use products like it.

    I hope that you find this information helpful.

  22. Hello. I make and consume sea moss. In the last water I add a few key limes, let it sit for 2 hour then use the water to make the sea moss gel.

    Question: since I use the final water to make the gel, can I also drink it what’s left over? Do you think there’s any benefits to the water?


  23. Hi Celeste,

    Thank you for your comment and question.

    As we know, there are many benefits to be had from eating seaweed and there may be benefits that come from drinking seawater. Given that seaweed comes from the ocean, I’m sure there are beneficial nutrients in the water that you have soaked your Sea Moss in. The water will be salty which is the inherent nature of seawater and sea vegetables.

    Personally, I don’t like the taste of the water that the Sea Moss has been soaking in and choose not to drink it. But if you like the taste or wish to consume the water for the nutritional benefits then go for it.

  24. Hello
    Thank you so much for all the information provided.
    You guys are awesome!
    How can I order sea moss?

  25. Thank you for your message. It is so great to get positive feedback from our readers. We work hard do bring you high-quality information to help you empower yourself.

    You can buy your Sea Moss here. The prices are listed in Australian dollars, which may offer an added bonus to those who live overseas.

    You can also subscribe to our mailing list where we provide monthly updates and occasionally provide special offers available only to our valued subscribers.

  26. Hi I’m based in the uk.
    I started taking sea moss but could have been told Irish moss is the best to use.. is this true or should I purchase from Caribbean or yourselves?
    Acgectively which seamoss is best for you?

  27. Hello Steve,

    That’s a good question. There’s a lot of confusion about which Sea Moss is popularly known to be the Sea Moss that people are seeking out.

    The confusion in the market about what Chondrus Crispus is (see this article on spotting fake Sea Moss) hasn’t been helped with the mislabeling of products over the years. Chondrus Crispus is the flat red lettuce leaf looking species of seaweed that typically grows in much cooler waters than what we know popularly as Sea Moss.

    There are different nutritional values between the species of seaweed you’ll find discussed on our website. Currently, we only supply the one type of Sea Moss at this stage. This is due to what we have found to be of value to us in this seaweed over the years.

    For a bit more on the nutritional value in our species of Sea Moss there’s the beginning of an outline here. We’re always digging deeper into the industry, and progressively working on the full mineral analysis of the species we supply. This is a long and costly process, but we’re chipping away at it.

    Once we have the assessments completed in full, and have a means to ensure that the data is unable to be misappropriated and applied to any other species of seaweed through the blockchain projects we are investigating, we will be opening this up to our Customers. This too is a lengthy and costly process, but we’re determined that we will see this through.

    As far as evaluations on Chondrus Crispus goes, we haven’t taken any steps ourselves at this stage towards investing in this area, so I can’t ‘hand on heart’ speak to the actual differences. All i can do is go by the data compiled by others, and that indicates to me that there are distinct differences.

    As far as which will serve you the best, that is a matter I would leave to your Nutritionist. It’s worth discussing your circumstances with them first, and then making a choice about which way to go.

    With regards as to where to purchase from, and who to purchase through, this is up to you and I expect that your decision will be made based on evaluating the factors that matter to you the most.

    I can’t speak to the quality of other suppliers, farms, or the species they sell, and I’m not going to say that are any better or worse. In my eyes they are just doing them while we do us the best way we possibly can.

    I know that our seaweed has been selected based on rigorous testing, visiting many farms in quite a few countries over the years, and sampling many different types of seaweed obtained through many different sources. This is a process that I have been involved with prior to the establishment of our business. It is for this reason that the only seaweed you’ll find in my home is the one that we source.

    I hope that this has been helpful.

  28. Looking to purchase in bulk. Love this article! Are you selling it now, if not, can you let me know the best supplier

  29. Thank you for your kind feedback and your question, Joycelyn.

    We’re glad you enjoyed the article :)

    We are able to supply Sea Moss through our store. You’ll be able to get a better idea on the the cost of freight for this in the table underneath the description on that page too.

  30. I’m trying to educate myself with this. Lot of good information on here. Don’t want to just jump in and buy any sea moss n its still not clear to me how 2 pick the right one to buy n who from. Disaster that pollute the water is a big concern. Netherlands I here has the cleanest water do they farm sea moss there?? Would also like to know when u have new harvest available.

  31. Hello Cece,

    This is a good question, and there are many different things to consider, including the cleanliness of the water.

    The Netherlands don’t grow the same species of seaweed that is popularly known as Sea Moss, but they are known for other species of seaweed that have beneficial properties.

    Our Sea Moss is harvested in waters that have not been impacted by anything like that you describe, or anything that presents an issue to our health. Given that we consume so much of our Sea Moss, we want to make sure that it is of the highest quality. And we only bring to our Customers what we are prepared to use in our own homes.

    The testing we have gone through with our exclusive Seaweed Farmers for this product has seen no issues with anything that we have concerns about. With how tough is can be to bring anything into Australia, our Farmers have been able to work with us to achieve such a high quality that even the AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service) Inspectors were surprised at how much due diligence we do.

    We currently have stock and can fulfill any requests to buy Sea Moss through our store.

  32. Really helpful information, thank you!

    Can you help explain the distinct beneficial differences between Gracilaria and Chondrus Crispus.

    Also which sea moss specie do you stock?


  33. Thanks for your question. We are in the process of writing an article about the differences between the different botanical varieties of Sea Moss.

    We carry Eucheuma Sea Moss, which is related to Gracilaria through the SubClass.

  34. Hi, is there a recommendation on how often you should ingest sea moss? Can you ingest it everyday? And can you freeze the gel or does it compromise the nutritional value?

  35. Hello Kanmei,

    That’s a really good question.

    A friend of mine asked me “Can I really eat seaweed every day?” a while ago when we were talking Sea Moss and in short, yes, you can.

    However, it would be a responsible step to first consider if this is really right for you. Checking in with your Nutritionist is a good start, particularly before you make any diet changes. They will be able to assess your specific needs, and tailor a plan to suit you.

    Ingesting sea moss every day isn’t a problem for me or my wife, and a lot of our friends do this too. You’ll need to check with someone in your area who you can book a consult with to make sure this is right for you.

    We prefer not to freeze the gel when we make it. It is really more about preference than anything else. To say that there is an impact on nutritional value isn’t something we have researched at this stage, although we plan to. Interestingly, there is research that shows that the freezing process can increase the antioxidant effect of fruits like blueberries.

    I hope this helps you.

  36. Question: Curious about purchasing sea moss amid the Fukashima fallout – which is a real thing. Are there safe locations to purchase sea moss where Fukashima is not an issue?

  37. Hello Ann,

    That is a valid question, and it is one that played a very big part in us looking into where we source our Sea Moss from. I went into more detail in a response provided to another one of our Readers here.

    It is worth noting that things have moved on sine the fallout, but not so much that we aren’t concerned and conscious about it. The NOAA have some information too that you might find helpful.

    With all of the places we have visited, there have been domestic factors that have proven to be as much, if not more of an issue than the Fukushima Dai’ichi fallout. We’ve been very careful in assessing a range of factors before we found a source of Sea Moss that we were happy to have in our own kitchen.

  38. I would like to start by saying I have a different perception of sea moss farming after reading the information from your page. I hadn’t considered that wild-crafted sea moss was harmful to animals.

    However, I am still concerned about the nutrient content of farm-raised sea moss. I have learned that the 92 vitamins and minerals that sea moss contains is absorbed from the rocks that they bind to at the bottom of the ocean. With that being the case, how would farmed sea moss provide the same nutrient content?

  39. Hello Shanika,

    I can understand where you are coming from, and I applaud your asking for clarification on this topic. It has long been a popularly held belief that seaweed extracts nutrients from the rocks that it anchors itself to.

    This is not scientifically fact based. As a result of a similar question I went through some of the more common misunderstandings in this area and provided reference materials to support the marine biology and science behind how seaweed, including Sea Moss, absorbs nutrients from the water around it.

    I hope this helps you.

  40. Thank you for your question via email. This is a really good one and it catches many people.

    The Sea Moss we sell is not Chondrus Crispus. There is quite a bit of confusion in the market about what Sea Moss is. This can largely be attributed to the species that is commonly sold as Sea Moss, what you see in a more golden, twig like form, compared to the Sea Moss that looks more like a flat red lettuce type leaf structure.

    Our Sea Moss comes from the Rhodophyta (Phylum) division which is the same as Chondrus Crispus (Stackhouse). It’s not until you get to the ‘Family’ of the seaweed (think kind of like a higher level species, something like all humans, monkeys, chimps, mandrills, lemurs and gorillas are classified as primates) that things start to change.

    Chondrus Crispus and our Sea Moss are both in the Gigartinales order. Where things get a little different, Chondrus Cripus is in the Gigartinaceae family, while our Sea Moss is in the Solieriaceae family. They could be considered cousins in a way, but there are some forks after the family where things get more specific in the ‘Subfamily’ ‘Tribe’ ‘Genus’ and finally the ‘Species’ (where these are all listed).

    So, in short, no, our Sea Moss is not Chondrus Crispus. I would like to invite you to take a look at the information we have provided to help clarify this for our audience.

  41. Matthew,,
    Your dedication and genuine insight that you display on here is AMAZING.! You literally take your time to not only respond to ppl but you treat each comment with the same level of care and detailed response. You acknowledge everyone’s comment with all the facts you feel they deserve and will elaborate your answer to the best of your ability. I’m not only really impressed but want to say thank you on behalf of everyone who has left a comment and was left more knowledgeable because of your in unwater-downed, high quality and sincere reply’s.! #patyourselfontheback

  42. Wow! Thank you, Cicely!

    I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. It’s because of Readers and Customers like you, and Newbies to the space that we do what we do here.

    We’re currently polishing a few things behind the scenes to help make the site more intuitive and quicker.

    There will be some more fresh content on the way in the coming days. The most recent being the Affiliate Portal which we are happy to say that we are seeing some of our newer Affiliates accumulating commissions.

    If there is a dimension of the Sea Moss topic that you would like to see us cover I would be happy to hear.

    Once again, Thank You!

  43. I ate too much of it
    Which lead to projectile vomiting a later epically explosive diarreah
    I won’t be consuming as much on the future!
    However after expelling everything I feel energized and surprisingly well.
    I like to consume everything I eat raw ( veggies garlic etc) how do I know how much to eat? Should I weight it? Because before I ate too much I felt pretty nice. Even now after I puked and spewed everything put I feel GREAT! I noticed as well that I puked put stuff I didn’t recognize and I feel like whatever it was it was toxins stored imn my gut. I would prefer to eat it raw rather than make a concoction. Is this wise if I can gauge the right amount?

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