Sea moss is a naturally occurring alga that grows around water bodies like seas and oceans, where water is constantly in motion. It is mainly found around the coastal areas of the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Islands.
Sea Moss, or the Irish sea moss as it is commonly referred to, was first used as food during the potato famine in Ireland. However, it rose to fame as a superfood in recent years when Dr. Sebi, a world-renown, self-proclaimed herbalist, incorporated its use in his alkaline food diet plans.
Sea moss is considered a superfood because it contains about 92 of the vital 102 minerals that your body needs to remain healthy. It is packed with iodine, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous, to mention a few. In addition, it is the only known naturally growing source of thyroid hormones because of its high iodine content.
How to Prepare Sea Moss
As earlier mentioned, natural sea moss grows near water bodies. Depending on where you live, you can get it fresh or dried plant form, powder form, or packaged in capsules. If you have access to sea moss in plant form, it is essential to clean it first to ensure no dirt particles are attached to it during preparation.
According to Dr. Sebi, you will need to add sea moss to your food or drinks to consume it. If you have your fresh or dried sea moss plant, you can soak it in water overnight. Soaking the plant softens so you can blend it into a gel and add it to your food or drink. If you have powdered sea moss in loose or capsule form, you add it directly to your food or drink and consume it.
Adding sea moss gel or powder to your food and drinks nourishes your cells with numerous healthy compounds. It also gives your food a nice, thick consistency that is easy to ingest. You can add sea moss gel to your soups, stews, smoothies and even muffins. You can add sea moss to just about any food recipe and diet plan as it also doesn’t alter the taste of your food.
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Benefits of Sea Moss
Dr. Sebi recommended using sea moss in his alkaline diet because of its ability to treat and prevent illness. (Read our post about Dr. Sebi on cancer and his teachings.) In his recommendations, a daily 10 gram (g) or 2 tablespoons (tbsp) serving of sea moss gives you:
· 7.2 mg Calcium
· 15.7 mg Phosphorous
· 6.3 mg potassium
· 14.4 mg magnesium
· 0.9 mg iron
· 0.04 mg manganese
· 0.02 mg copper
· 0.2 mg zinc
· 4.9 g calories
· 1.2 g carbohydrates
· 0.2 g proteins
· 0.1 g sugars
· 0 g fat
The overall benefits of consuming sea moss include:
Improved Thyroid Health
Sea moss contains iodine which is essential in balancing your thyroid hormones for a healthy metabolic system. Your thyroid manufactures the hormones in your body using iodine. Including sea moss in your diet ensures you don’t run out of this vital mineral, and as a result, you don’t suffer metabolic issues.
Improved Gut Health
Sea moss contains a lot of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion. It also contains an oligosaccharide known as carrageenan. Carrageenan helps maintain good bacteria levels in your intestines to support your overall gut health.
Weight Loss Support
Sea moss contains a compound known as Fucoxanthin. In a research published in Marine Drugs, Fucoxanthin can break down and metabolize your body fat, resulting in a reduction in body weight.
High concentrations of the Fucoxanthin compound in sea moss may help fight against and reduce the risk factors of colorectal cancers.
Muscle and Energy Recovery
Regular use of sea moss in your smoothies and shakes may help you recover quickly after a workout and muscle fatigue.
While Dr. Sebi found sea moss imperative for your alkaline diet, there’s still ongoing research into the many ways in which it can benefit the human body.
Like any other herbal alternative, it is advisable to consult with your medical practitioner before using sea moss to treat any illness. It is also imperative to use sea moss with caution as a health supplement as too much of it can have adverse effects too.