One thing that I found in the market here in Honduras, that seems to be buzzing lately is sea moss. Sea Moss is also known as Bladderwrack and Irish Sea Moss. Here in Honduras, it is called “Alga Marina” which is Spanish for “Marine Algae”.
Sea moss is considered a superfood and has several factors that make it extremely beneficial to your health.
For one, sea moss is a great source of potassium chloride which is known to boost the immune system and fight infections. It is effective in reducing congestion by breaking down phlegm in the mucous membrane.
Sea moss is packed with beneficial minerals and vitamins. It’s a great source of dietary fiber, calcium, copper, vitamin K, and riboflavin. It is believed to support strong bones. It’s also packed with iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Sea moss is commonly used as a thickener for smoothies, soups, and stews. I personally use it as a daily supplement. I get it in powdered form and I mix it with room temperature water.
The many benefits of Sea Moss – Don’t take this superfood for granted!
Many sea plants contain iodine. Sea moss or bladderwrack contains a high count of iodine. This makes it very beneficial to prevent or treat many thyroid disorders. It is known to reduce the effects of radiation as well as promote good digestion health.
Sea moss also does wonders for your skin. In many cases it has been referred to as “the natural Botox”. Its powerful combination of protein, minerals, and iodine, are great for collagen production. It is known to help smooth out wrinkles, tone skin, and help fight visible signs of aging.
There are countless health benefits provided by sea moss consumption. Many people use it to treat digestive disorders and ulcers. Studies show that it can even be beneficial in treating depression, anxiety, ADD, and Autism.
My personal experience with sea moss – How it helped me get rid of a long lasting cough and heavy congestion
Over the years, I developed a bad cough from exposure to mold and on and off smoking. The cough is something that felt like it would never completely go away. I would go by weeks without even so much as the urge to cough and then out of no where, I would get cough attacks that would leave me gasping for air.
I knew about some of the benefits of sea moss but it was something that I had not tried for myself. After reading more about sea moss online, I decided that I wanted to give it a try. Everything I found seemed to indicate that it would help get my lungs cleaned up. I was lucky to find organic powdered sea moss from an herb and spice supplier that I deal with often.
I began drinking it 3 times a day. The first day it was a little bit difficult as the taste wasn’t so easy to stomach initially. It has an “ocean” like taste and smell. It is not salty but rather “green” tasting. When blended well, it has an almost creamy taste. I now have no issues drinking it as I have gotten used to it and I now know the benefits are well worth it.
Within a few days I began to feel its effects. My coughing stopped and the constant congested feeling began to go away. I noticed that I was expelling mucus without the need to cough. It was the relief I had been looking for.
History of using sea moss – From superstition to staying alive
Among many cultures world wide, there is history of sea moss being used for mostly its nutritional and health benefits. In cultures all over the world sea moss have been used for centuries.
There is evidence that it was used in Chinese medicine as early as 600 BC. Also it was used as a food source in the British Isles around 400 BC.
According to ancient Irish folklore, Irish Moss was placed under rugs to bring good luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into the house or pockets of the intended person. It was taken on trips as it was believed to provide safety and protection to the person carrying it.
In Ireland it was used as food for the impoverished especially during the Irish Potato Famine of 1846-1848. It also been used in South and Central America to treat chest congestion.
Sea moss the new craze – How the internet and media have contributed to the popularity of sea moss
Although the benefits of sea moss have been integrated into many cultures for centuries, many people are just now discovering it. It’s amazing to see its growth in popularity in such a small amount of time.
Over the years many celebrities have discussed their fondness of sea moss. This is usually met with a look of disgust mixed with curiosity. Many of Dr. Sebi’s celebrity clients raved about its benefits including Lisa Lopes who discussed drinking it daily with Regis Philbin.
In more recent celebrities embracing sea moss news, Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her breakfast which included a tall glass of what she proudly labeled as “sea moss smoothie”. (Pictured above)
As we know, the internet facilitates sharing information both good and bad. With all the good benefits sea moss brings, it’s no wonder it continues to gain attention.
So whether you are looking to treat an ailment or supplement your health to stay healthy, I can say sea moss is something to consider for that. Here in Honduras it is popularly found in powdered form. There are many varieties worldwide with colors varying from green to red, or orange, and even purple.
Regardless of which one you find, make sure it is the real deal. I have read many reports online claiming that there are markets selling fake sea moss. Who knows what that is made of but I would say the smell is a perfect giveaway. If it doesn’t smell like the sea, it’s probably fake.