Hailey WelchUpdated: April 26, 2022Fact Checked By: Lucy Danziger
The newest hidden weapon in your health arsenal may just be the seaweed you stepped over to get into the ocean the last time you were at the beach. Sea moss has been around since the waves first lapped the shore, but it's enjoying a surge in popularity because of its powerful immune-boosting nutrients.
Sea moss is rich in natural minerals, high in iron, omega 3s, and antioxidants that make it an all-around immunity booster and weight-loss aid, which is why companies are harvesting it from beaches as far off as Ireland and the Caribbean, and consumers are adding it to everything from smoothies to acai bowls and rice and beans.
It would be hard to identify one particular plant that has all the vitamins and minerals your b
ody needs, but sea moss comes close: It contains vitamin B2, vitamin B12, calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients, and has been used as a natural medicine to treat or reduce flu-like symptoms.
What is Sea Moss and where does it come from?
Sea moss, also known as Irish Moss, is a seaweed, a macro-algae. It is sold in bunches that look just like the translucent yellow seaweed you'd find washing up on beaches along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. Sea moss comes from both organic harvesting and man-made pools, and where it's grown affects the composition of the plant and its health benefits.
Less than two centuries ago, sea moss was used as a health treatment for tuberculosis and pneumonia. It's also been used as a food to nourish people who worked in potato fields because it was an inexpensive source of nutrients. Because it was used by poor farmers, the seaweed was thought of as a "poverty food," and forgotten by health seekers, due to the negative association. Dr. Sebi, the well-known herbalist with a cult-like following, brought sea moss back to the attention of his followers and recommended it to his patients to treat chronic illnesses. Now mainstream, sea moss is available at health markets and online through companies that grow it in ocean pools and harvest it to sell.
Sea Moss Nutrients
Twenty grams or 4-tablespoons of raw sea moss provides the following:
• Calories: 10
• Protein: 0.5 grams
• Total fat: 0 grams
• Total carbs: 3 grams
• Fiber: 0.5 grams
• Total sugar: 0 grams
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Chalises has a variety of options for you to get your Sea Moss intake.