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Benefits of Sea Moss (Chondrus crispus)

Updated: Oct 29, 2022


8/26/2021 by Octavia with Live by Soil

Sea moss (commonly called Irish Sea moss), an algae that has been scientifically proven to promote healthy weight loss, help you build lean muscle, rev up energy and metabolism as well as super-charge your immune system. One serving of sea moss provides most of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs in a day to be its healthiest.

Sea moss is plentiful in potassium iodide that dissolves phlegm, making it beneficial for those suffering with colds, allergies and asthma. It also contains amino acids, antioxidants, vitamin C, and natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents that are helpful in fighting infections.

Because sea moss is rich in sulfur, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat acne and aging skin.

Sea moss can also be useful to people who suffer from acne or oily skin. ... "Sea moss may also help reduce wrinkles, hydrate the skin and protect from environmental elements because it contains essential elements that make up the human body, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin K" says Dr. Karen Hammerman, dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Garden City, NY. "The high sulfur content can also decrease the excessive production of sebum in the skin. Together with the antibacterial effect on P. Acnes bacteria [which causes acne], it may help reduce the severity of acne in people who suffer from this condition."

Sea Moss is not only great for ingesting, but it does wonders for your skin. Because sea moss helps your body produce collagen, it has been nicknamed “vegan collagen”. Of course, you can ingest it and glow from the inside out, but you can also apply it directly to your face for even more of a glow. Used as a mask, sea moss tightens, softens, and pulls toxins from the face, leaving you with healthier looking skin, immediately.

Nutritional information

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FoodData CentralTrusted Source, 2 tablespoons (tbsp) or a 10 gram (g) serving of sea moss contains approximately:

  • calories: 4.9

  • protein: 0.2 g

  • fat: 0 g

  • carbohydrates: 1.2 g

  • sugars: 0.1 g

The same serving of sea moss also contains these vitamins and minerals:

  • calcium: 7.2 milligrams (mg)

  • magnesium: 14.4 mg

  • phosphorous: 15.7 mg

  • potassium: 6.3 mg

  • iron: 0.9 mg

  • zinc: 0.2 mg

  • copper: 0.02 mg

  • manganese: 0.04 mg

Similar to other sea vegetables, sea moss is a natural source of the mineral iodine. Research posted to the Journal of Medicinal Food notes that sea moss contains about 47 mg of iodine per gram.

Supporting weight loss

Seaweeds may help support weight loss. In a 12-week study of 78 adults, those who took 1,000 milligrams of red seaweed extract per day had a sig