What exactly is Sea Moss?
Sea-Moss is a naturally grown Sea weed of the Genus Gracilaria which consists of several hundred types that are used in many industries such as the production of Agar (Gum) commonly as a thickening agent for sauces and dressings in addition to a wide variety of food products. Sea Moss is a major ingredient for adhesives as is used in paper production. Sea-moss has been cultivated and used as a super-food globally for hundreds of years.
What is Irish Moss
Irish Moss or Chondrus crispus is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along with the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America it derives its name from how it grows (on rocks) in those regions. It can be described as thin flat like a plant that derives its nutrients from sea rocks which derive its nutrients from the Seas rich mineral environment abundantly powered by Sunlight, believe it or not.
What are its origins and where can it be found?
Both types can be found Worldwide. Irish Moss or Chondrus crispus can be mostly found in rocky parts of the Atlantic coast, British Isles, Europe, and North America. Sea Moss (Gracilaria) can be found and cultivated throughout Asia, South America, and the Caribbean where it tends to flourish in Tropical environments.
There are several cultivation methods for Sea Moss here are the 3 major methods.
- Open water cultivation pond and tank culture. Open water cultivation is practiced in estuaries, bays, and up-welling areas. Large-scale pond cultivation is mostly found in China, Taiwan, and Jamaica.
- Rope Farming Two methods of out-planting using ropes are utilized to grow the sea-moss. One starts from a vegetative or suckling material tied or inserted within a rope, the second involves reproductive materials which are used as a source of spores that are left to settle or bond on the surfaces of the ropes. (This is the method used by House of Holistic in the open Sea)
- Bottom Stocking The simplest method is to transfer rocks bearing the thali to places where an increase in density is wanted. If the species is already growing on a site, this labor-intensive method is often successful. A more complex procedure is to remove thalli (plant body without roots or stems) or major branches and put them in places where they are wanted. Two further common approaches are to tie the thalli to rocks, or to secure them to rocks by means of rubber bands. Another method used on non-consolidated bottoms is to push the proximal ends of whole thalli or major branches into the planting site bottom.
The recent popularity
Recently there has been a big buzz about the health benefits of Irish Moss/Sea Moss. This can be attributed to the late Dr. Sebi who was most popularly known as a knowledgeable herbalist who proved to US Federal courts he had a cure for HIV the virus that causes Aids and won his case in the mid-eighties. Since then he has influenced and touched the lives of many people throughout the World and is well known among celebrities in the music and movie industries.
With all the publicity Dr Sebi made mention of the health benefits of Sea-moss throughout his career and it finally took mainstream root within the last 10 years.
Sea Moss supplies over 90% of the body’s required vitamins and minerals in case you haven’t heard. Here is a list of some of the health benefits of Sea-moss.
- Vitamins A, K, and E
Nutrients per Serving
2 Tablespoons of sea moss contain:
- Calories: 5
- Fat: 0 grams
- Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
- Sodium: 7 milligrams
- Carbohydrates: 1 gram
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
- MENTAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Sea Moss is full of potassium. Potassium is excellent for brain & heart function
Potassium helps send more oxygen to your brain, which lets it do its job better. When you don’t get enough you’re limiting the amount of oxygen that makes it to your brain and you’ll experience the side effects, which may be subtle at first but will worsen until the problem is corrected. What’s interesting is that many of the foods that are rich in potassium also contain antioxidants and other minerals that will help your heart and lead to greater overall healthiness.
- THYROID SUPPORT
Nature’s only plant-based source of thyroid hormones, A Major Player in Regulating Your Metabolism. The thyroid keeps your metabolism under control through the action of thyroid hormone, which it makes by extracting iodine from the blood and incorporating it into thyroid hormones. Thyroid cells are unique in that they are highly specialized to absorb and use iodine. This in turn will boost immunity, increase energy, and can help accelerate weight loss.
Sea Moss contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin E, and vitamin K., Your immune system contains tissues, antibodies, white blood cells, chemicals, and all the organs of the lymphatic system, which work together to protect you. They form your first line of defense against invaders such as microorganisms and germs. Interestingly enough, about 80% of the immune system is found in your digestive system; therefore, when gut bacteria are balanced, so is the immune system.
- DERMATOLOGY SKINCARE
Promotes gorgeous skin, Sea Moss can deliver a serious beauty boost because of its high sulfur content. Sulfur is present in all living tissues. It is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Sulfur seems to have antibacterial effects against the bacteria that cause acne. It also might help promote the loosening and shedding of skin. Sea Moss helps to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, sunburn and chapped skin
- DIGESTION AND ELIMINATION
Great for internal digestive tract health. Sea moss demulcent properties soothe the mucous membrane of the digestive tract and the gelatin-like content helps ease such digestive ailments as gastritis, dyspepsia, nausea/vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, and peptic and duodenal ulcers.The fiber content in sea moss makes it a mild and effective laxative; simultaneously it soothes inflames tissues of the intestinal tract which provides relief for intestinal disorders. Apparently, it can absorb toxins from the bowel and literally draws radiation poisoning out of the body. Sea Moss helps reduce the appetite by virtue of its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a bulking-type material, increasing the feeling of fullness and also assisting with the elimination process of waste through the gastrointestinal tract.
6. CARDIOVASCULAR & BONE HEALTH
As a gelatinous substance, Sea Moss has been used to inhibit arteriosclerosis and therefore, hypertension, it protects from fat and cholesterol build-up. Vitamin K is best known for its role in normal blood coagulation, but recent research suggests it may also be one of the best vitamins for both cardiovascular health and bone health. Bones require calcium in order to stay strong and healthy while arteries may become calcified by excess calcium. Vitamin K helps incorporate calcium into bone while preventing its deposit within blood vessels
7. PHYSICAL STRENGTH
Calcium phosphate and the phosphates of potassium, sodium and magnesium are required by the cells of the brain, liver, flesh, and bones. Calcium phosphate salts form the major insoluble inorganic component of the bone, so intake of this salt can aid bone integrity and keep teeth strong and healthy.
Sea Moss accelerates recovery, great for strengthening connective tissues which makes it excellent for recovery from strenuous exercise, or even more extreme injuries, surgeries, or invasive procedures.
8. POTENT SEX POTION/APHRODISIAC
Containing Vitamin C: Count Sea Moss is excellent for elevating the flow of blood to the genital Carnitine and vitamin E: Carnitine isn’t exactly a vitamin but it’s a compound that assists in transforming fat into energy. Vitamin E enhances the activity of the sperm. Vitamin B12:You certainly don’t want to develop a deficiency of this vitamin; particularly because Vitamin B12 is responsible for keeping your blood and nerves healthy. Individuals who develop Vitamin B12 deficiency are at much higher risk of developing anemia, weakness, poor stamina, and impaired sexual health Niacin (vitamin B3): Vitamin B3, also known as niacin is also a member of the vitamin B family and is extremely beneficial for both sexual and non-sexual health. Niacin plays a major role in the synthesis of sex hormones and enhancing circulation, which is way too crucial for having the time of your life under the sheets. Apart from this, it also plays a vital role in regulating normal sleep patterns and erectile dysfunction.
How to Prepare Sea Moss
Many brands have begun selling sea moss capsules and tablets. However, there are plenty of ways you can prepare sea moss yourself to enjoy in dishes at home.
To cook with sea moss, you first need to wash it and then soak it in cold water for 12-24 hrs squeezing a half of lemon/lime juice into the first soak (optional), change the water out 2-3x per period (divide the soaking time). You’ll know your sea moss is ready to use when it has doubled in size and become white and gelatinous. Once it’s ready, add the sea moss and some water (half of the volume) to a blender and blend until it becomes a thick, honey-colored liquid.
Once you have your prepared sea moss, you can store it in the fridge for up to month sometimes longer and use it in a number of recipes. Sea moss acts as a thickening agent in recipes, making it ideal for:
- Baked Goods
HOW TO MAKE SEA MOSS GEL
Making sea moss gel is super easy! Once you have your soaked sea moss, remove the sea moss from the liquid, and transfer it to a clean, dry plate. Do not discard the water because this water, which now contains tons of nutrients from the sea moss, will be used to make the gel. (If your water has lots of debris in it or is cloudy, discard your water and use fresh spring or alkaline water to make your sea moss gel.)
- Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. Use 1 cup or water to start and add more depending on the consistency you would like your gel.
- Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.
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