Sea Moss: What is it?
Sea moss is a small, spiny sea vegetable primarily used by humans as a supplement due to its wide range of health benefits. Although many people know it as sea moss, the scientific term for our sea moss we use here at Natures Farmer Sea is Eucheuma Cottonii, found in most of the worlds tropical oceans as it thrives in warmer water. It’s an edible sea plant, and can be likened to other one’s humans consume like seaweed, algae and other leafy vegetables such as kelp.
Sea Moss comes in various colours including different shades of:
Dr Sebi was a famous Doctor who advocated healing various illnesses in the human body through an Alkaline diet. Dr Sebi also believed and practiced creating an Alkaline environment within the human body allowed for optimal health and vitality, sea moss was one of the main ingredients he used to help patients and himself with all manner of health issues.
As more people have become aware of sea moss in recent years, they have fallen in love with it due to its many uses and health benefits. Sea moss is naturally rich in an abundant amount of minerals and vitamins strongly believed to contained 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need to function. Along with being used as a supplement for its various health benefits, sea moss is also commonly used in vegan food to enhance the consistency as well as being used in topical masks to help various skin routines and issues.
Health Benefits of Sea Moss:
Sea moss is widely known for its many health benefits as its rich in many vitamins and minerals that our bodies consistently need to remain healthy. Just some of the vitamins sea moss contains are beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C and sulphur as well as minerals such as magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
Research suggests that sea moss contains an abundance of iodine and is a great supplement to add into your everyday diet to hit daily recommendation targets for both adults and children. Maintaining healthy iodine levels in the body are important for healthy hormone levels and good thyroid function. When your thyroid is functioning correctly this can correlate to a healthy metabolism which may also promote natural weight loss.
Another micronutrient found in sea moss is boron, which research has suggested has numerous positive benefits for the body. Some of the reasons boron is an important mineral is that it is essential for brain health, hand eye co-ordination and focus as well as bone growth and maintenance, improves wound healing and beneficially impacts the body’s use of vitamin D, estrogen, and testosterone.
Does Sea Moss Help Weight Loss?
Many people begin incorporating sea moss into their daily diet as it may contain properties that can help aid in weight loss. Although it can’t be labelled as a direct, standalone way of losing weight, sea moss contains multiple properties that aid in:
- Regulating your appetite
- Influencing your fat metabolism
- Modulating your guts good bacteria
Sea moss helps regulate your appetite by helping increase your feelings of fullness when eating. This is primarily because of the naturally occurring carrageenan that sea moss contains not to be confused with Poligeenan.
Although carrageenan and poligeenan are completely different, carrageenan is a natural substance found in seaweed whilst poligeenan isn’t found in nature at all, prior to 1988 misinformation led people to name poligeenan degraded carrageenan, causing the confusion around carrageenan. Poligeenan doesn’t have the same weight controlling benefits as carrageenan and in fact is used for medical imaging and isn’t consumed in food at all.
Here is an amazing article with links to studies and in-depth research around the difference between carrageenan and poligeenan and the misconceptions around natural carrageenan:
What You’re Getting Wrong about Carrageenan | by Edith Marigold Camellia | Medium
Carrageenan, on the other hand is known for its food properties and acts as a soluble fibre in the digestive tract. Due to the way soluble fibre slows down digestion by increasing the rate food passes through but decreases the frequency the stomach is emptied; you’ll be left feeling fuller for longer which leaves you eating less.
Similarly, to how the carrageenan helps increase the feeling of fullness, it may also help reduce body fat. Previous studies suggest that it helps lower dietary fat absorption, reduces the creation of fat cells and increases the breakdown rate of stored fat. Although few studies have found similar results when trialled, more research is still necessary to confirm the link between weight loss in humans due to the carrageenan in the sea moss.
How To Consume Sea Moss:
Sea moss comes in an abundance of forms, helping you consume it whichever way you prefer. Sea moss in gel form is our most popular product here at Nature’s Farmer Sea, in our experience we have found this to be the most beneficial form and most bio-available getting those minerals straight to work.
Sea moss gels can be consumed in various ways, from adding it to your daily smoothie, juices, used on breakfast cereals and used in cooking. The way we love to consume it is straight off the tablespoon twice a day. The gels have Zero Ocean Taste are all delicious and have their own amazing unique flavours.
Sea moss capsules is another method of consumption, it is a powdered form of sea moss which is encapsulated for ease of daily use. The most common sea moss species used for capsules is Chondrus Crispus, Eucheuma Cottonii and Gracilaria. Other great options for capsules are Bladderwrack and Burdock root.
Aside from using it specifically as a supplement, sea moss is perfect for thickening a large range of meals including soups, stews, drinks, ice cream and a range of other recipes.
Sea Moss Benefits for Hair and Skin:
Aside from having great benefits on the overall health of your body, sea moss also has amazing benefits for your skin and hair. Many people use sea moss as a natural face mask due to the sulphur it contains. It is believed sulphur helps clear dead skin and encourages new skin cell growth.
Simply rub a small amount of your sea moss gel into your skin let it set and leave for 20 minutes for the first time, before rinsing off with warm water. This removes old, dead skin cells and makes way for fresh new skin. Remember, when trying a new ingredient on your skin it’s important to always patch test a small area on your wrist first.
If your skin is feeling dry, sea moss gel can be left on as a face mask overnight for smooth, hydrated skin in the morning. Your sea moss gel can also be mixed with other ingredients, such as turmeric, for a DIY facemask jam packed with antioxidants. Aside from hydrating your skin, sea moss may also help to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
People who also suffer from skin conditions such as acne and eczema also love sea moss gel as it has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which aids in skin repair. It helps soothe the skin by calming breakouts when they occur. As well as soothing acne, it’s also a great approach for acne issues due to the anti-bacterial properties as well as the zinc it contains, which may help minimise breakouts from occurring.
When it comes to hair, sea moss can be used as a natural conditioner which helps hydrate and strengthen hair, or it can be used as an occasional hair treatment for added shine and to improve hair growth.
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