There’s a ton of sporadic information out there (some good/some lacking). To add to my frustration, despite having friends that have been taking seamoss for years, I received very little or sporadic advice/assistance from them in this regard. As such, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do my own research. In keeping with the format of the quick articles contained in this blog, this article is brief however, the information on this superfood is vast, including sourcing it from reputable seaports and distributors is key to getting the best bang for your buck as well as the most nutrient dense product out there. Let this brief summary inspire your own more in depth research of what will work best for you, your lifestyle and your body.
At as little as two tbsps per day, this superfood contains 92 of the 102 minerals that make-up the human body and was widely popularized in the African American and other communities of color by the “self-proclaimed” doctor, Dr. Sebi (not an actual medical doctor).
Seamoss (Irish or carrageen moss), is a red algae. There are many different species. The most well-known and popular ones, Chondrus Crispus, Gracilaria and Eucheuma Cottinii come in a wide range of colors including gold, red, purple and more. It’s mainly found growing along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coastlines of Europe, the Caribbean and North America.
In Ireland, it’s been used for food & medicine for thousands of years and was even used during the 19th century potato famine as poverty food. Containing 92 of 102 minerals in the body, its considered one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is both vitamin & mineral rich, and when taken along with bladderwrack, will provide all of the 102 minerals that our body is made of and require. Among other things, this superfood filters out germs and bacteria during blood circulation. See the 3-minute video contained in this article for a more detailed list of its benefits.
The list of all the great things that this wonderful nutrient provides is almost endless. So much so, I decided to take the plunge and commit to it myself especially as we approach flu season and wave two of the novel Corona virus. Based on your lifestyle you can either opt for pill form, a pre-made gel or like me, you can make your own gel and bi-products by buying the actual dried seamoss itself. I’ve included a brief tutorial in my video, but there are also tons of them on youtube. I decided to buy the dried seamoss so I can use it in many different ways from cooking with it (including infusing it in teas), to making my own facial products and of course take internally. As of the writing of this article, I’m on my second batch of gel (which once gelled, lasts up to 14 days refrigerated).
I’m frugal and like getting the most of my investments. A little dried seamoss goes a long way. Dried seamoss lasts up to a year. For convenience, you can also freeze gelled seamoss in ice trays and store it in an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.
Since there’s no shortage of distributors out there, after much reading, scrutiny and research; I decided start with a list of just a few that I felt a sense of confidence in to see for myself which brand I liked most (I’ve listed them below and will update as needed). Beware – some distributors make pool grown seamoss which isn’t necessarily fake, but it certainly doesn’t contain all of the desired benefits as wildcrated seamoss.
As I mentioned earlier, it can be used in herbal teas and even infused with cinnamon, which has it’s own blood regulating properties. But the uses are endless and further include, but not limited to smoothies, juices and water infused. I’ve even heard of people flavoring their own batches of seamoss with various other natural flavors. With regards to cooking, Seamoss can be used in porridge, soups and stews as a thickner. It’s considered by some as nature’s collagen – so it can be used as a facial mask to help reduce hyperpigmentation as well as in baths and in the making of bar soaps. As a post-surgery recovery treatment, it has also been used to aid in the healing process.
Yes! The list goes on and on. Again – a little research ain’t never hurt nobody, so go onto YouTube and have a field day getting full and excited from everything this superfood can bring you. I guarantee you, like me, you’ll be a seamoss junkie!!
Last but not least, don’t forget to watch my brief informative 3-minute video that will be sure to inspire your own research and fascination. Peace and blessings! ✌🏾🙏🏾☮️🧘🏽♂️
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