With the arrival of the new year, many are looking for ways to naturally detox. Whether that means trying out a cleanse, cleaning up one’s diet or committing to a workout routine. For others, this means incorporating new, nutrient-dense foods or supplements into their daily lives. With this in mind, we wanted to introduce a highly talked about “superfood” that has grown in popularity over the last year: Irish Sea Moss. It has soared in popularity throughout 2020 for its multitude of benefits. Today, we will highlight this nutrient powerhouse and explore its benefits!

What is it?

Irish Sea Moss is a type of red seaweed grown along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America. This algae is touted as the “superfood of the sea”. It has been consumed for centuries and has gained notoriety for its immune-boosting properties.

Irish Sea Moss contains 92 of the 102 essential minerals and vitamins our bodies need to function. In addition, it consists of high amounts of iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and potassium. 

This supplement can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. A powdered form is available for those looking to add a boost to a smoothie or tea. Another way to try the moss is in a convenient gel-form, which we carry in-store by new brand Natural Renewals (pictured below)! Otherwise, the moss can be consumed in a traditional capsule form.

A Multitude of Immune Benefits

Irish Sea Moss is used for a multitude of health concerns due to its wide nutrient content. High levels of iodine mean it has been used to promote thyroid health. Studies show that the sea moss may support healthy thyroid hormones. It also contains selenium which is integral to thyroid support.

Irish Sea Moss has been studied for its high levels of taurine. Taurine is an essential amino acid, meaning our bodies produce it at low levels naturally. Taurine's roles include maintaining the body's electrolyte levels and increasing blood flow throughout the body.

Likewise, Irish Sea Moss provides a substantial amount of potassium iodide, a powerful compound that may help decrease mucus production and support the body when mucus is present. Besides that, sea moss contains high levels of zinc, a mineral known for its immune-supportive abilities. 

Sea Moss for Skin Health

Another benefit is its skin-boosting properties. Irish Sea Moss has been a sought after skin care ingredient, and the supplemental powder and gel forms are commonly used to make face masks. High levels of Vitamin A & Vitamin K found in the moss may improve skin elasticity. When applied topically, it may help balance out the microbiome of the skin due to its sulfur content. The amino acid compounds of citrulline-arginine contained in the moss may improve collagen synthesis.

In conclusion, with such a wide-ranging nutrient profile, Irish Sea Moss has really made a name for itself in the health field over the last few years. It's high mineral and vitamin content have the ability to aid in a variety of immune-boosting functions. 

We hope this has given you a better understanding of Irish Sea Moss and why we enjoy it so much! Have you tried Irish Sea Moss? Let us know in the comments below or visit us in-store for product knowledge on our Natural Renewals Irish Sea Moss and more!