Sea moss has received much awareness in the past few years, especially from Dr. Sebi (Alfredo Bowman), a self-proclaimed healer and Honduran herbalist.
Sea moss is a generic term for a species of red algae or seaweed and has numerous health benefits! It is a deceiving name. It really is a red seaweed, not a moss. There are many varieties of sea moss, however, most can be broken down into two basic categories: Chondrus Crispus and the Genus Gracilaria.
Technically, Irish Moss is Chondrus Crispus, a red seaweed. It grows in the waters of the North Atlantic off the rocky coasts of Maine, Canada and Ireland. It prefers cooler waters and is wild harvested. Chondrus is typically a dark/red purple color. Although color can vary on where and when it is harvested during the season. It can range from greenish yellow, to red, to dark purple. But predominately it is dark purple.
Chondrus is bush-like... looking like a short (3-7 inches) deciduous tree, with a wider, flat, fan-shaped top. This species is very nutrient dense, has a fishy smell and produces a darker gel. It is said to be slightly superior to the Gracilaria variety. It can be more expensive and difficult to source.
It's cousin, the Gracilaria species, is typically from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. It grows in the warmer waters and can be wild harvested. But most of this species comes from farms in Southeast Asia. This species is more string-like in their construction. The color may vary from purple to golden yellow - noticing the deeper the color, the more nutrient dense. I would be aware of the paler colors.
Gracilaria is still very high in minerals and nutrients, has a fresh seawater smell (not as fishy) and produces a lighter gel. It’s typically less expensive and easier to source. Wild harvested moss does have its benefits. It grows naturally and harvesters retrieve the moss in sustainable ways by only taking parts of the sea moss, so it can regrow and support the eco-system. This supports us in continuously being able to experience Irish Moss for lifetimes to come!
Wild harvesting sea moss means harvesting directly from its natural habitat. We, at VitaminSea, wild harvest all our seaweeds!
Some of the health benefits?
It may revitalize and strengthen the body on a cellular level and is good for thyroid disorders. It may rid inflammation and mucus throughout the body, so serves those experiencing disease of any kind, bronchitis, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, tumors, etc.
Irish Moss is also an amazing source of calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, and sulfer, just to name a few.
Not only does Irish Moss provide iodine, they have a mucilaginous and bulking effect in the colon which helps to clean the colon and aid in the formation of stools, and very importantly, suppresses hunger (or appetite), something those experiencing obesity need in order to lose weight.
You can consume Irish Moss as a natural whole food nutrient supplement by adding it to your juices and smoothies, as a gel! (See video below).
Irish Moss has been used to remove radiation poisoning from the body, and to sooth inflamed tissue in the digestive tract.
The best thing about this is that you only need to consume 2 tablespoons per day to reap the benefits!
So order your Irish Moss from us! Sustainably harvested, USDA organic in either whole leaf, flakes, granulated or powdered form!