3 Myths About Sea Moss

Sea moss might not be as prevalent in the west as it is in other parts of the world, but that doesn't mean that people don't have misconceptions about what it is.

Take, for instance, the common misconception that sea moss is dangerous to consume. We'll explore the truth behind these myths in this article and find out what sea moss really is. Irish moss is a type of curly leafed, red algae that grows in shallow waters along the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sea moss, also a red algae, is light and stringy, and grows mostly in the warmer waters of the southern Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean seas. Both  have been harvested for centuries by people living in coastal areas and used as a traditional remedy for a variety of ailments. In recent years, sea moss has gained popularity as a health food and natural remedy due to its high nutrient content. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can boost your health in various ways.

Despite its many potential health benefits, some myths about sea moss need to be debunked. This article will set the record straight about this superfood so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you. Sea moss is often touted as a superfood due to its high nutrient content. However, there are several myths about sea moss that make people question its nutritional value. Let's look at the top 3 myths about sea moss and see if they hold any truth.

Myth 1: Sea Moss Has 92 Out Of 102 Minerals

Ironically enough, many people believe that sea moss naturally has 92 minerals out of the body's 102. As awesome as the numbers are, these numbers are oddly enough not exactly accurate. Scientifically, even though sea moss is extremely rich in minerals and contains alginate, a compound that has been shown to have numerous health benefits, sea moss is based on several different aspects: location, environment, and even growing period. 

Essentially, the human body needs about 18 nutritional elements for life. Sea moss contains about 13 of them. The amount of these elements contained in sea moss and other seaweeds will vary depending on species, location and environment. Sea moss would scientifically vary from plant to plant in how many minerals it has based on those aspects.

Myth 2: Sea Moss Is A Weed

Sea Moss is not so much a weed. It's an algae that grows in the ocean, which have the general name of 'seaweed'. There’s a massive difference between weed and seaweed; you can’t smoke seaweed like how you would smoke weed (also, please do not smoke sea moss).

Sea moss may not be good to smoke, but sea moss is good for those who do smoke. It is especially good for those who suffer from large amounts of mucus and phlegm in their body, difficulty breathing and reduced airflow, and even a sore throat.

People have been harvesting it for centuries for various dishes and as a natural remedy. The misconception that sea moss is a weed likely comes from its the common name and it grows wild. However, sea moss is not a plant that you would find in your backyard or garden. It's a wild seaweed that only grows in salt water.

Myth 3: Sea Moss Will Make You Sick

Some people believe that sea moss is that it will make you sick. This is simply not true. There are no known side effects of taking sea moss (at a regular dose or pace), and it is actually considered to be very healthy food.

You can get an upset stomach,  if you take too much sea moss at once. Since sea moss in gel form is easy to swallow, and the main requirement is 1-2 tablespoons a day, you can take one in the morning and the other at night. In fact, many people found that sea moss can help to improve your overall health and well-being if taken correctly.

If you take it directly from the jar, it's good to drink water with it.

In conclusion, I hope you now have a better understanding of sea moss and its many benefits. This superfood is packed with nutrients that can help improve your health in a variety of ways, so if you're looking for an easy way to boost your health, consider adding sea moss to your diet.

Thanks for reading!



Sterling Jr is a "jack of all trades" copywriter and web/graphic designer residing in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties originally from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. He is a vegan and product tester who's been writing since high school and currently studying to become an author, comedian, and voice actor. www.thesterlingstudies.net




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  • Why shouldn’t you smoke sea moss?

  • Thank you soo much for your informative article. However, I’ve just ordered Sea Moss, was excitedly awaiting its arrival, but after doing research saying individuals with a thyroid issue should not consume sea moss because high amounts of heavy metals and other toxins..is all hope lost??


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