Seamoss for weight loss
The newest hidden weapon in your health arsenal may just be the seaweed you stepped over to get into the ocean the last time you were at the beach. Sea moss has been around since the oceans first lapped the shore, but it’s enjoying a surge in popularity, because of its powerful immune-boosting nutrients. Sea moss is rich in natural minerals, high in iron and antioxidants that make it an all-around immunity booster and weight-loss aid, which is why companies are harvesting it from beaches as far off as Ireland and the Caribbean, and consumers are adding it to everything from smoothies to acai bowls and rice and beans.
It would be hard to identify one particular plant that has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, but sea moss comes close. It contains more than 90% of the nutrients your body needs and can be used as a natural medicine to treat or reduce flu-like symptoms. This is why the small sea plant is often called “Nature’s Multi-Vitamin.”
WHAT IS SEAMOSS:
Sea Moss, also known as Irish Moss, is a seaweed, is a macro-algae. It is sold in bunches that look just like the translucent yellow seaweed you’d find washing up on beaches along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. Sea moss comes from both organic harvesting and man-made pools, and where it’s grown affects the composition of the plant and its health benefits. Vital Vegan believes that “wildcrafted” sea moss from the ocean is better, so they only harvest their sea moss from the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica.
Less than two centuries ago, sea moss was used as a health treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia. It’s also been used as a food to nourish people who worked in potato fields because it was an inexpensive source of nutrients. Because it was used by poor farmers, the seaweed was thought of as a “poverty food,” and forgotten by health seekers, due to the negative association. Dr. Sebi, the well-known herbalist with the cult-like following, brought sea moss back to the attention of his followers and recommended it to his patients to treat chronic illnesses. Now mainstream, sea moss is available at health markets and online through companies that grow it in ocean pools and harvest it to sell.
Sea Moss Promotes Healthy Weight Loss.
Sea Moss contains high levels of iodine, a mineral found in a limited amount of foods. Our bodies need this mineral in moderation to produce thyroid hormones. “These hormones control the body’s metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy,” according to a study by the National Institute of Health. The key is to get the right amount, however, and not too much.
Sea Moss contains the vital thyroid hormone precurses that are important for healthy thyroid function and your body’s metabolism. So if your thyroid is not functioning properly they can be beneficial and aid in weight loss. But before you use sea moss to boost thyroid hormones or as a weight-loss supplement, check with your doctor because you don’t want to over-do these hormone precursors either. Moderation is the most important thing with thyroid function.
How To Use Sea Moss:
Sea moss can be taken in a gel liquid form to add to your smoothies, cereal bowl, or even applied directly to your skin or hair as a brightening treatment. The seaweed can also be used as a baking subsite for eggs, which makes is an easy way to get minerals into your diet through baking so use sea moss when you bake cookies, cakes, and muffins. You can also use it as a roux or a thickening gel in grains like rice or quinoa, farro, or when making beans.