Our earth offers so many delicious and life-giving vegetables that we often forget there are also vegetables in the sea that are immensely beneficial for our health. One such vegetable is Irish sea moss – a rockstar detoxer of heavy metals, radiation, and toxins as well as a powerful nourisher of minerals and vitamins that support the immune system.
Check out how this fabulous Atlantic sea vegetable can help transform your health, plus my favorite method of incorporating it into my family’s diet.
6 Benefits of Irish Sea Moss
INCREASES IMMUNITY & HELPS RECOVER FROM ILLNESS
Packed with over 90 minerals and a host of vitamins, including Vitamin C, Irish moss is a fantastic support for your immune system and general health. It also effectively dissolves mucus and congestion in the respiratory system due to being rich in potassium iodide. This sea moss also contains amino acids, antioxidants, and antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help ward off infections.
REMOVES HEAVY METALS AND RADIATION
Atlantic sea vegetables are fabulous for this! It is known that sea vegetables such as irish moss and dulse bind to heavy metals such as mercury in the ocean. Many are worried that the heavy metals will be released into the body if these sea vegetables are eaten – however, this is not the case. In fact, they soak up heavy metals and radiation in the body and don’t let go until they have exited the body. Irish moss and dulse will hang out by the colon and make sure the toxins and metals leave your system. As we are exposed to heavy metals and radiation daily, Irish sea moss makes a wonderful addition to your daily regimen.
NOURISHES YOUR SKIN, HAIR, & NAILS
Rich with minerals and vitamins, Irish moss uniquely nourishes your skin, hair, and nails. Its gelatin-like quality makes a great base for homemade lotions and salves (see one recipe below) that can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns. A compound in Irish moss has been linked to be anti-aging and able to renew cell growth and metabolism. Not to mention, all the antioxidants – which are your best friend for great skin. And guess what? Irish moss also has benefits for the bones, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, and teeth!
Similar to aloe, not only does Irish moss’ gelatinous texture help your external skin, hair, and nails, it also helps internally with the digestive system. It soothes the digestive tract and other mucus membranes in the body (including the respiratory system). In fact, sea vegetables have been found to act as a prebiotic and improve gut microbiota.
IMPROVES THYROID FUNCTION
Iodine is prevalent in sea vegetables, including Irish moss, and has an important regulatory factor in thyroid function. Irish moss has a few different iodine compounds, including ones that can treat thyroid dysfunction and regulate hormones that your thyroid creates to impact mood, energy, metabolism, digestion, and more. Due to its radiation-absorbing properties, Irish moss can also help prevent and resolve hypothyroidism and protect other glands in the body.
BOOSTS ENERGY & MOOD
When your body is low on essential minerals like magnesium and potassium, your energy and mood can take a downturn. Irish moss is rich in both of these mood-boosting minerals; plus, it also creates electrolytes to help assist your body with handling stress. Sea vegetables are particularly beneficial for the endocrine system, helping regulate hormones that can dictate your mood. Additionally, preliminary studies have found Irish moss to aid with Parkinson’s disease, suggesting it protects brain tissue.