Irish Moss
Chondrus Crispus

Sea Moss, Carrageen Moss

Traditional Use
Origin

Atlantic Coast of Europe and North America

Parts used

Whole part of plant

Constituents

The principal constituent of Irish moss is a mucilaginous body, of which it contains about 55%. It also contains albuminoids, polysaccharides, and about 5% of mineral matter rich in iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulphur.

Precautions

rish Moss functions as a thinner. As a result, individuals that are taking anticoagulant medications (blood thinners) should abstain from using Irish Moss in any form.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not use Irish Moss as the effects are unknown.

VITAMINS (B1,B12

Benefits

Respiratory Health
Being a potent source of potassium chloride, this sea moss dissolves catarrh, phlegm and soothes inflammation of the mucus membranes to prevent congestion, helping to clear out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold. Because of these expectorant qualities, Irish moss may help to prevent a common cold from turning into pneumonia and can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis. Irish Moss also has powerful antiviral properties, helping to prevent or treat a myriad of disorders such as flu, sore throats, chesty coughs and much more.
Thyroid Health
Perhaps one of the most important and undervalued benefits of this sea moss is its ability to help balance thyroid hormones. Irish Moss contains the vital thyroid hormone precursor DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), and the thyroid hormones Thyroxin (T4) and Tri-iodothyronine (T3). If the thyroid doesn’t produce these hormones as it should, this can have a detrimental effect on metabolism and many other bodily systems. These have been found to be the main organically bound iodine compounds in brown sea moss (Irish Moss).
Irish Moss is also extremely high in the trace element iodine – the thyroid gland contains the highest concentration of iodine than any other organ in the body. You cannot make thyroid hormones without sufficient levels of iodine. Dr David Brownstein, a natural health practitioner with over 20 years experience in his field, found that over 95% of patients with thyroid disorders were iodine deficient. Whilst it is best to work with a practitioner who is knowledgeable about iodine therapy if a thyroid disorder is present, keeping your iodine levels up will go a long way to ensure a healthy thyroid remains that way.
Digestive Support
The high fibre content in Irish Moss exerts a mild laxative effect whilst soothing inflamed tissues within the intestinal tract, potentially providing relief from a whole host of intestinal disorders. It’s demulcent properties promote healthy digestion – soothing the membranes of the digestive tract. The gelatin like content helps to ease gastritis, dyspepsia, nausea, heartburn and indigestion.
Nutrient Dense
The human body is made up of 102 minerals and Irish Moss contains a whopping 92 of them. It also provides a wealth of other important nutrients including; protein, beta-carotene, B vitamins, pectin, vitamin C and sulphur. One of the most important of these nutrients is a sulphur-containing amino acid called taurine, which is more abundant in Irish moss than any other seaweed – a nutrient that is commonly lacking in vegetarian and vegan diets.
It is an excellent immune boosting food that can be invaluable in the recovery from debilitating illness. Its high vitamin and mineral content make it the perfect food to replenish and revitalise the body after a long battle with disease.
Weight Loss
Irish Moss is thought to help reduce the appetite due to its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a bulking type material, thus increasing the feeling of fullness. Its gentle laxative effect can promote the elimination process of waste through the gastrointestinal tract. The aforementioned iodine content can boost metabolism which in turn will increase energy and can help to accelerate weight loss.

History-Folklore

Also known as carrageen (from the Irish word carraigín meaning “little rock”), the benefits of Irish Moss were well known to the natives of Ireland long before it took on the status of “Superfood”. 

According to ancient Irish folklore, Irish Moss was carried on trips for protection and safety and placed beneath rugs to increase luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into the household.

In Ireland and parts of Scotland, it is boiled in milk and strained, before sugar and other flavourings such as vanilla, cinnamon, brandy or whiskey are added. The end product is a kind of jelly similar to panna cotta. In Venezuela it has been used for generations as a home remedy for sore throats and chest congestion, where it is boiled in milk and served with honey before bed.                                                                          

Irish Moss has long been used for its gelling properties and is one of the industrial sources of Carragheenan: 

  • a thickener and stabiliser in food products like ice cream, canned pet food, mousses, salad dressings and instant desserts. It is also known as E407, E407b.
  • It was also traditionally used in the soap industry and to marble paper.
  • This seaweed was consumed as a famine food during the Irish potato famine. Its use spread from Ireland to the USA via the Irish immigrants.
  • Used for respiratory ailments recorded in Ireland as early as 1810

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VITAMINS B1,B12