Irish Seamoss has so many wonderful benefits that they can’t all be listed in one article. So, we’ve narrowed it down and I’m excited to unveil my top 10 benefits of seamoss.
We consume Irish Seamoss regularly, and after extensive research, I believe that anyone with a heartbeat should give it a go.
“God made seamoss and it does everything” ~ Dr Sebi.
What are the benefits of seamoss?
- It contains 92 Minerals
- Promotes a Healthy Thyroid
- Supports a Healthy Heart
- Supports a Healthy Immune System
- Promotes Good Digestion
- Improves Metabolism
- Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Supports Hair, Skin and Nails
- Is a great Post Workout Recovery Tonic
- Improves Libido
What are the Top 10 Benefits of Seamoss
1. Seamoss Contains 92 Trace Minerals
There are various studies that show the number of trace minerals in the human body numbers as much as 102. However, some believe that this is actually 103. Regardless of where the number actually sits, seamoss holds a staggering 92 trace minerals that are found in the human body.
If you follow us on Instagram you’ll understand why I strongly agree with the recommendations in the Nutritional Health Guide. This advises that we should be eating a rainbow of foods to get the vitamins and minerals we need. But, understandably, that’s not as easy for some as it may sound with at times limited access to such a variety of whole foods. And this is where seamoss comes in.
Imagine a single whole food that is naturally packed with a mineral punch like no other. That’s what you’re getting here in this one marine vegetable. Almost every mineral you’ll require for optimal nutritional support and better health. Now, you could argue that you can take a mineral supplement. And if this is your preference, that’s fine. However, I wound suggest that you consider the mineral sources in these supplements.
Often these are likely to have varying impacts on the body because they aren’t from where they should be. That is to say that they aren’t organic (sometimes referred to as being soluble) compounds. They are sometimes mineralised compounds. Take for example the silver content in seamoss. This is an organified soluble form of silver that is able to assimilate with the human body. The alternative is colloidal silver, which is widely accepted as being good for you.
Do your own research here; colloidal silver is an inorganic form of silver and is not good for you in the long run. Colloidal silver is made from a metallic form of silver which has been diluted and suspended in distilled water in an emulsion like state. Tiny silver particles are broken down from the source rods into the water.
This mineralised form of silver causes more harm than good. It damages the liver and kidneys as it builds up over time. It also debilitates the blood and progressively breaks the immune system down. Being a metal it can also interfere with lymphatic functions. The same can be said for other mineralised (insoluble or non-hygroscopic) compounds such as iron in certain states.
Iron, for example, in its mineralised (inorganic) insoluble compound form as ferric hydroxide or ferric oxide wreaks havoc on the body. Excessive amounts of ferrous sulfate (as derived from the oxide state of iron) or iron phosphate (iron, phosphorus and oxygen) can cause complications where the body can be bound up, and result in problems such as astringency in the intestines.
But iron in its organified (soluble) form as iron fluorine (as a combination of iron Fe(III) ions and fluorine that occurs in high concentration in marine plants) is able to work effectively in the body. Seamoss has non-heme iron, potassium iodide, potassium phosphate, magnesium and calcium which strengthens the bones, and it is able to assimilate with the human body.
Nonheme iron from plant based sources, like seamoss, benefit the human body this way. And this is just one of the 92 minerals in seamoss. Suffice to say that seamoss is loaded with nutrients that are very beneficial to the body and is a great food source.
By having a whole food source of minerals you are more likely to keep illness at bay.
When you get right down to it, disease is little more than the result of a disconnection from what is given to us in nature. So to combat or reverse symptoms related to disease we would be wise to make whole foods a bigger part of our routine.
2. Eating Seamoss Helps to Promote a Healthy Thyroid
In multiple articles here we have touched upon the topic of a healthy functioning thyroid.
Your thyroid gland has what is best described as a butterfly-shape to it. It is found at the base of the throat. This gland has a very important part to play when it comes to the management of hormones.
The two main hormones the thyroid is responsible for managing are Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine. These are constructed with 3 or 4 iodine atoms per molecule. The iodine from seaweed is critical in helping to support effective thyroid function.
It is in the mixing of iodine which had been absorbed by the thyroid with tyrosine (amino acid) that makes Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine. The thyroids is responsible for supporting and maintaining healthy and effective function in the:
- Digestive system
- Cholesterol levels
- Brain, mood and hormone balance
- Muscle control
- Reproductive organs
- Nervous system
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), also known as Metabolism
A healthy functioning thyroid is also necessary for the development of unborn children, and is liked to weight management. When your thyroid is not supported there is the risk of hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid).
Thyroid disorders that are left untreated can develop into more complicated issues including autoimmune diseases. If you hadn’t guessed, in most cases where people suffer from thyroid problems these are typically to an iodine deficiency.
It is in the iodine content found in seamoss that there is a solution. Iodine can be considered a food source for your thyroid. Making seaweed a part of your daily diet will do much to support having a healthy and functioning thyroid. This is key to improving your overall health.
Like all other medical related information we discuss here, it is important that you seek advice from your Doctor or Dietitian before making any diet changes. If you believe that your thyroid function may not be healthy, seek advice from your Doctor or Dietitian for your specific circumstances.
3. Eating Seaweed Supports a Healthy Heart
Did you know that seamoss is a reliable source of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids? A short list of these include:
- Folic acid
- Vitamin D
- Magnesium, and
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
That’s just a peek at the powerhouse that seamoss is when it comes to supporting heart health. With a consistent supply of these you could notice effects such as:
- The boosting of blood flow and improved circulation, which helps to control and regulate blood pressure
- Building stronger blood vessels and greatly slowing their deterioration
- Increasing oxygen saturation in the blood which is critical for a healthy body all around
- Reducing the build up of bad cholesterol that results in the blood vessels being clogged with flow choking fatty linings, and
- Fighting free radicals through strong antioxidant properties which helps to prevent organ oxidization
All key components to the reduction of the risks associated with heart disease.
4. Seamoss is Great for Supporting Healthy Immune System Functions
Your immune system requires more than just vitamins and minerals to be effectively supported. One of the other amazing benefits of seamoss is what it brings to help do this. Seamoss possesses properties including it being:
- Anticoagulant, and
The probiotic properties of seamoss are great for gut health, which supports a healthy immune system. If you are struggling with an illness the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties help with a quick recovery. Seamoss fights infection, and has a long history of doing this.
My Grandmother would prescribe seamoss to her patients when she was a practicing Naturopath. The Irish did this hundreds of years ago. This is where the cough syrup ‘Irish Moss’ originally came from. Even way back then they understood the antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of this marine vegetable.
Who else right now is thinking of Hypocrites saying?
“Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food” ~ Hypocrites
Used to help with treating sore throats, chest coughs, tuberculosis, bronchial infections and pneumonia, seamoss is the unquestionable go to for many. In the past I’ve doubled down on my dosage if I felt like my throat was a bit scratchy after a flight, and it’s helped immensely.
I now load up beforehand and have found that I don’t suffer from the coughs and sniffles of others on the plane afterwards. On top of these properties found in seamoss it is also great at expelling mucus. By clearing this gunk out of your system you’ll begin to feel better much quicker.
5. Promoting Good Digestion with Seamoss
When I first started using seamoss I had underestimated the value if the mucilaginous properties of the gel. Very soon into my journey this benefit of seamoss being a part of my diet was made known to me in my:
- Improved digestion
- Reduction of foggy brain
- Better sleeping
- Easier and more regular bowel movements
- Feeling more energetic, and
- Feeling lighter and cleaner
How this works is that seamoss helps by lining the digestive system (the intestine) with probiotics.
This is going to sound a little ‘off’ for some people, so I apologize in advance, however, you need to know this. When you first start using seamoss you may feel like you could poop yourself when you go to bed. This is not going to happen if you’ve had a bowel movement before bed. This sensation passes after a couple of nights.
The best way I can describe what is going on here is that the mucilaginous properties of the seamoss gel give the bowels a slippery, almost soapy lining. This soft jelly-like texture helps any excrement moving through your body to pass easily.
The anti-inflammatory properties are great for an irritated bowel and helping to heal gut related issues. Swelling, inflammation and discomfort have been reported to greatly reduce when seamoss gel is regularly consumed.
This is great news for those who suffer from leakey gut, ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, and constipation. Seamoss also helps good gut bacteria thrive as it makes for a great food source. Containing fiber it is also able to help support healthy digestive function.
Great for supporting a detox, seamoss is also very effective at drawing out toxins and heavy metals. It’s a great compliment to a fasting protocol.
6. Seamoss Helps to Improve your Metabolism
The metabolism is a chemical reaction that happens within the body. This is the process of breaking down of foods and distribution of nutrients to the cells. The metabolism converts food into energy and distributes the nutrients to the cells. The cells then use the nutrients as building blocks.
It then distributes the vitamins and minerals to the cells to help the body function efficiently. This includes the anatomy for the body’s respiratory, and reproductive, peripheral nervous and central nervous systems, regulating blood flow, organ function.
After the metabolism and distributed all the useful nutrient to the cells, then it converts the remaining or excess food into waste for elimination. As mentioned in how seamoss benefits the thyroid, it also plays a part in the BMR which affects how well the body processes calories, which ultimately impacts an individual’s weight.
7. Seamoss Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
With the improvement to the metabolism, also comes healthy weight management. Fucoxanthin naturally occurs in some seaweed. It is an organic pigment called carotenoid. The naturally derived plant based Fucoxanthin which prevents the growth of fatty tissues and reduces abdominal fat.
More research is being done to investigate the fat burning properties of Fucoxanthin found in seaweed. It is believed that Fucoxanthin may help combat obesity.
Additionally, Irish Moss is an appetite suppressant and makes you feel fuller for longer. Due to the high mineral content, you may find that you won’t be eating as much food. A lower calorie intake ultimately leads to weight loss. It may also help to reduce or even eliminate cravings for processed foods, trans (bad) fats, sweet foods, and caffeine.
Baring in mind that if you continue to consume foods and beverages which have been processed, are high in trans fats and sugar, you are less likely to lose weight because of poor choices. The best method for a weight loss is consuming a whole food plant based diet and increasing your physical activity.
8. Seamoss for Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails
Your skin is the bodies largest organ, so let’s show it some love. The skin is also what is visible to the outside world and we want our skin to look it’s best. Right?
Question: If you can’t eat it, why would I put it on your skin?
I have been using the gel as part of my skincare regime and I love it. Ever wondered how to make a nutritious skin salve or facemask? It’s so easy… Just add a few drops of essential oils to the Irish Moss Gel.
I have noticed an improvement in my complexion, fewer blemishes, a reduction in fine lines and my skin tone looks much better. I often receive compliments from colleagues, friends, and family on how good my skin looks.
The best topical application for the whole body is an Irish Moss bath. Run a bath to the desired temperature, add a generous amount of Irish Moss Gel with essential oils if desired. This is great for all kinds of skin conditions. It’s suitable for sensitive skin types, sunburn, acne, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. The skin will absorb all the nutritional benefits the skin needs and start to work its magic.
As a drawing agent, the seamoss draws out toxins and replenishes it with good minerals. The antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammation properties all play their part in healing the skin naturally. No need for scientifically formulated concoctions, just mother natures love.
Full of minerals, vitamins and nutrients, seamoss will also help strengthen the connective tissues in hair and nails. When you are eating seaweed everyday, the minerals are absorbed from the inside out. All these benefits enhance the matrix in the hair, skin, and nails will start to regenerate from the inside out.
9. Seamoss for a Post Workout Recovery
Seamoss is made up of collagen proteins which strengthen and repairs the connective tissues. The anti-inflammatory properties of seamoss help the body recover quickly after a workout.
No matter what your fitness level is, from beginner to professional athlete, Irish moss provides many benefits. From post work out recovery to replace the minerals that you need to perform your activities. If you experience joint and or muscle pain, it will also provide relief and lubricate the joints.
From a fitness perspective, a plant based diet does not mean that you’ll be some scrawny ten pound weakling. Seamoss is a great addition to any Vegan diet and can help you on your journey to health, wellness, and getting ripped – if that’s your thing.
10. Libido function
As we’ve already discussed, the primary benefits of seamoss are due to all the minerals and nutrients it contains. Zinc is one of the minerals recommended for a healthy reproductive system. It helps promote a healthy libido and stimulation. Irish Seamoss improves blood circulation through the body which improves the stamina.
For men who have difficulty in this department. I recommend consuming seamoss regularly to start increasing the nutrients in your body and removing excess mucus. Seamoss has been used in conjunction with other herbal remedies and a change in diet to treat erectile dysfunction and impotency.
Please note that seamoss is only part of the solution. If you experience erectile dysfunction or impotency you will need to cleanse the body of impurities. The impurities that accumulate in the body comes from excessive stress, poor eating habits and lack of exercise.
Detoxify the body starting with the digestive system. Start eliminating processed, animal-based products from your diet. Fasting is the quickest way to eliminate toxins from your body and the start eating more whole plant-based foods that are alkalizing.
For women who experience discomfort or pain during intercourse, this can be very off-putting and cause a lack of desire at the thought of intimacy. Sometimes this is caused by dryness of the vagina, bacteria, urinary tract infection (UTI), or fungal infection.
Consuming antibiotics kills all bacteria in the body, so often when women take antibiotics it causes thrush due to a lack of lubrication and good healthy bacteria. I would recommend using a douching kit to cleanse the vagina and then you need to replenish the natural vaginal flora.
Add some Tea Tree (Melaluka) Oil and dissolve a little seamoss gel to some warm water and then use the douch kit to clean inside the vagina. Consume Irish Seamoss every day to replenish the minerals and nutrients in your body.
Another of the benefits of seamoss in this area is that it is antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It will help to remove irritation, cleanse the area and add good bacteria to the area. From a health perspective, it has the same benefits of enhancing the libido function, improves stamina and circulation which are all good for the reproductive system.
Added bonus in the list of the Benefits of Seamoss!
Irish Seamoss is an electric food known to have alkaline properties. An alkaline diet consists of whole plant based foods which increase the oxygen content in the body. Our bodies are naturally alkaline, but if the food you’re consuming is highly acidic, then the body becomes more acidic. This is when diseases start to form in the body.
We choose to make our Irish Seamoss gel with alkaline water which is part of an alkaline healing protocol.
On a separate note, if you use the powdered seaweed, the flavor can be very strong and unpleasant. This is why we prefer to use the whole food variety and blend it into a gel before applying it topically, or adding the gel to food and beverages.
The Irish seamoss gel, once prepared properly, has almost no flavor, and apart from the texture you probably wouldn’t even know it was in your food. Some seamoss gel can have a slight odour which reminds me of the sea. Seamoss should be used within 2-weeks of making the gel. You’ll notice that the smell becomes a little stronger the older the seamoss gel is.
What are the benefits of Seamoss you have experienced? Share your thoughts below.