HEALTH BENEFITS OF "IRISH SEA MOSS"
Sea moss is a red algae technically known as chondrus crispus. It grows naturally along the Atlantic shorelines of Europe and North America.
Being incredibly nutritious, it became known throughout Europe as the superfood of the sea.
In it’s natural state, color varies between brownish purple to greenish yellow. Below we have listed and explained our top ten reasons why you should be consuming sea moss regularly.
ENHANCES THYROID FUNCTION
Irish moss is a potent stimulator of thyroid function. Studies show that this benefit is thanks to the way sea moss enhances an important hormone known as thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
TSH is naturally released from the pituitary and acts directly on the thyroid gland, leading to the synthesis and release of thyroid hormone. As a result, it can be used to manage a variety of conditions affecting the thyroid such decreased production of TSH.
Irish sea moss also contains iodine and selenium, both of which are essential to the synthesis of thyroid hormones. It is these precursors that provoke the release of thyroid stimulating hormone in the first place.
EASES JOINT PAIN
The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties naturally found in sea moss provide an effective remedy for joint pain. Joint pain relief by sea moss is thanks to potassium iodide and potassium bromide, which are natural components of moss plants.
There are many metabolic regulators in the body, most of which are hormones. In this category, thyroid hormones play a key role. As mentioned previously, Irish sea moss significantly boosts the synthesis of thyroid hormone due to its rich iodine content, thereby boosting metabolism as well.
Not only that, but the iron content of this red algae facilitates rapid and efficient transport of oxygen to tissues to help meet metabolic demands. Iron also augments the metabolic activity of certain enzymes responsible for digestion.
SUPPORTS IMMUNE SYSTEM (AND FIGHTS INFECTION)
Good news during flu season - Irish moss also contains bioactive compounds with potent antimicrobial effects. The most notable are sulfated polysaccharides (SP).
As to the nature of its effects on the immune system, this study showed that Irish moss supports the three major subcategories of immunity:
- cell mediated immunity
- humoral immunity
- immune related gene responses
According to the study, it does so by increasing the count of almost all blood cell types. On top of that, it supports certain physiologic barriers to infection such as lysozymes and defensins.
SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH
Disorders of the heart and cardiovascular system in general are due to some sort of issue in regulating blood flow. Moss seaweed reduces the possibility of suffering from heart conditions such as angina due to its ability to boost blood flow and improve oxygen delivery to tissues.
It also contains antioxidants that help prevent oxidative destruction of blood vessels and tissue cells by free radicals.
HELPS CONTROL APPETITE
By suppressing our appetite centers, Irish sea moss helps control cravings, decreasing the chance of eating too much. It’s also very low in calories while still providing an array of nutrients.
7. Promotes healthy sexual function
Due to the generous amount of zinc and other minerals that are vital for reproductive function and health, sea moss is great for anyone who desires an increased sex drive. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, sea moss promotes circulation throughout the entire body especially our reproductive organs. For male readers who are experiencing difficulty with sex related drive, stamina, erection, and other abnormalities, then you should consider consuming sea moss regularly. For female readers who are experiencing a lack in desire, painful sexual experience due to dryness, feminine irritation, and anything else related to this particular topic, then a regular dose of sea moss may improve this situation.
8. Rich in vitamins and minerals
Sea moss is loaded with nutrients that are vital to the human body such as bromine, sulfur, calcium, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, beta-carotene, selenium, protein, pectin, zinc, vitamin-C and B-vitamins just to name a few.
Sea moss provides relief from muscle and joint pain. Whether you are a professional athlete, fitness enthusiast, or perform any kind of heavy lifting at work, sea moss can help replace the minerals that you deplete the body of when performing these activities.
10. Skin- Used topically as a skin and hair toner and nourisher.
aside from internal consumption, sea moss can be applied directly to the skin. It works great on sunburn, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. The best application we have discovered is what we call “The Sea Moss Soak”. To perform this soak you simply fill up your bath tub with water and add the sea moss gel.