The word “moss” in and of itself may not make you lick your chops in anticipation of asking for seconds, but it might be time to give it a shot. Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, is actually a nutritionally potent seaweed found off the coast of the Caribbean, parts of Europe, and you guessed it, Ireland. And it doesn’t have much taste or color, so you can blend it well into meals and drinks without it becoming the star of the show, or you having to hold your nose while you choke it down.
Sea moss is also a great food or product thickener. Use a powder or paste to whip up raw desserts instead of going heavy on extra fats like coconut cream to bulk it up. It touts a very long list of benefits, but here are a few at the top of the list:
Our bodies can’t actually conserve potassium, which is why it’s so important for us to consume foods high in this important mineral. Low potassium levels can result in many issues throughout the entire body, including negative shifts in mood and even mental fatigue, according to this study. In another study, a steady intake of sea moss prevented the accumulation of the protein alpha synuclein. It’s a protein that naturally lives in the brain, but the accumulation of it can cause dangerous neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s.
Due to its amazing mineral content, sea moss is incredible for so many bodily functions. Being high in iodine, it’s a superstar in balancing the thyroid. High iodine intake can even help curb side effects of radiation and chemo. It’s also a super soothing form of fiber, and its demulcent properties soothe inflammation in its path through the digestive system, calming issues like constipation, gastritis, indigestion, and nausea. It’s absorbent, even passing through, so it helps draw out toxins on its way out and is like a magnet to harmful heavy metals. It’s basically nature’s Pepto, but better. It’s low in calories and high in nutrients, making it an excellent weight-management food that adds impressive volume to many dishes.
A master moisturizer, sea moss can be applied topically or ingested to provide lasting, noticeable hydration to skin and hair. While it will definitely make anyone’s skin glow, it’s also very effective for those suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or rashes due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s rich in sodium, which can be very lifting for the face when applied topically. It’s fantastic to soothe dry or irritated scalps, as well.
Pink Oral Gel
This unique product is perfect after the dentist, a vigorous flossing, or if you just have sensitive gums or any inflammation. Sea moss’s anti-inflammatory properties and jelly texture are ultra-soothing.
Organic Sea Moss Exfoliator
Small ground particles of sea moss exfoliate, while also leaving behind brightening and transformative minerals for your freshly exfoliated skin to drink up.
Organic Sea Moss Powder
Add to smoothies or cook with it, mix it with some water and make a mask… get creative with this miracle ingredient in this versatile powdered form.
Moss Blemish Treatment Mask
The minerals in sea moss are great for oil control, and super tonifying. It’s especially great for acne-prone skin.
Irish Moss Tea
A great tea to throw into your bev rotation, the properties in this tea help soothe joints and connective tissue as well as ease digestion.
Shampoo + Conditioner
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Sea moss is a major ingredient in both Paradoxx’s shampoo and conditioner, and for good reason. It is super hydrating, and your hair and scalp drink up the minerals for a conditioned yet detoxed scalp, manageable tresses, and a shinier mane.
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