Seaweed! Algae, which is plural for the Latin word Alga, means seaweed. The general term "seaweed", which is used to describe many types of algae, is used in general terms. There are approximately 10,000 types of seaweed.
All Sea Mosses are a type of Red Seaweed called Rhodophytes. This is one of the largest seaweed groups.
Sea Moss can be purchased in the same way as when you shop at your local grocery. When you decide to buy Sea Moss, you're casting a vote on the items that you would like your local grocery store to carry.
You can choose from processed foods or organic healthy foods. Your 'VOTE' on the supplier from whom you purchase your food will determine how much impact it has on the planet.
Sea Moss can also be purchased in capsules or powder form. Most suppliers will add fillers, additives and sometimes Carrageenan to lower costs. It is important to only buy from suppliers that use refined Sea moss.
These suppliers are committed to your health and well-being, not to your money. Irish moss is rich in nutrients and has many potential health benefits. However, not all of these have been scientifically supported.
It is rich in iron and iodine. It contains nutrients including potassium Iodide, which some have found to be a decongestant. A single study using rats found that Irish moss was a prebiotic that could improve the environment of the gut. Kirpitch states that while another study indicated that Irish moss could reduce ulcers in some cases, no scientific studies have linked it to such benefits.
Irish moss is available in a supplement form as a powder or gel that can be added to smoothies and other beverages.