Kim Kardashian shares a thing and boom! it becomes a trend. Although sea moss has been around for centuries, used both as food and as a diet supplement, it didn’t become popular until quite recently. In this piece, I’ll share some key uses and benefits of sea moss and how to prepare this superfood.
A few weeks ago, Kim K. held a Q&A session on Twitter and of course, she got a lot of questions about her eating habits. Over the course of the Q&A session she revealed that she’s been trying to stick to a plant-based diet, she loves vegan tacos, and she’s a big fan of sea moss smoothies among other eating habits. I Immediately jotted down sea moss with plans to do my research so I can share with you guys.
So here goes…
Also known as Irish moss, sea moss is a type of red algae that grows on the Atlantic coastlines of the Caribbean Islands, North America and Europe. It contains a whole lot of beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that even during the famine, the Irish consumed it alone to stay healthy. It is also popularly used in Jamaica as part of sugary beverages.
Ways you can consume sea moss
- In its raw state.
- As a gel to put in smoothies and even food.
- Apply topically to heal the skin from diseases.
Start out by using small amounts of sea moss to prevent ingesting too much of it because of its iodine properties.
Sea moss is nature’s gift to us, check out some of its health benefits…
#1. It boosts the immune system
There’s not enough scientific evidence yet to confirm that ditching the flu shot for sea moss would be a better option but it is high in nutrients like iron, magnesium, phosphorus which when ingested right could lead to improved immunity.
Learn how to prepare sea moss smoothie
#2. It enhances thyroid function
The thyroid gland needs the right amount of iodine to stay healthy and sea moss possesses enough iodine to keep the thyroid healthy. The thyroid plays a major role in the entire metabolism of the body. Sea moss contains DI-Iodothyronine, which is actually used for the treatment of thyroid disorders. It also contains high amounts of concentrated iodine, which our thyroid uses to make hormones that regulate metabolism, digestion, mood and more.
#3. It strengthens joints
This wonder food’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe swelling in the joints, arthritis and if you sprain your ankle after that rigorous work out session, that’s right – sea moss to the rescue!
Learn how to make sea moss gel
#4. Sea moss is great for the skin
Even when used topically (as a mask), the protein content found in sea moss smoothens the skin. It synthesizes collagen which improves cell growth and is great for skin and hair. A number of studies have found that citrulline–arginine, a compound found in sea moss, helps improve cell growth and metabolism.
This compound also releases amino acids which are essential for protein and collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein that maintains smooth skin and silky hair. Sea moss is also effective at treating skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
#5. Mood booster
The brain plays a key role in the emotional health of an individual and this superfood contains magnesium and potassium, which improve our mood by reducing fussiness.
This list is not exhausted as sea moss has so many other benefits. It enhances sex drive, improves energy levels and helps optimize the respiratory system among many more benefits.
Every now and then, we discover a plant that is a natural remedy to the countless health issues weighing down humanity and this amazing seaweed is one of such plants you can’t afford to miss out on. Did I just see a veteran vegan roll her eyes and scream: “finally!”
Learn about the many other benefits of sea moss
Watch another simple video on how to prepare sea moss
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