If you’ve been on social media lately, you might’ve seen all the talk about sea moss. A blue food, sea moss, scientifically known as Chondrus crispus, is an edible sea vegetable (algae) that has many nutritional benefits. Sea moss grows in the Atlantic Ocean, the most popular being red Irish sea moss/algae.
Red algae/sea moss has many benefits for both the inner and outer body.
The antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein help protect the skin from blue light damage.
Red algae are also water-binding, so they can help moisturize your hair and skin.
Sea moss is also rich in potassium chloride – helps with high congestion, and has anti-viral and bacterial.
The algae also features Magnesium which helps with muscle health and blood pressure stabilization.
Irish sea moss can be found dried, as a gel, and even raw. It is virtually tasteless, so you can put it in smoothies, soups, or eat it on its own. For the skin, there is an increasing number of products that feature sea moss, look for it the next time you need a skin cream!
*Always consult a doctor before consuming algae and when introducing new foods into your diet.