What is Sea Moss?
Sea moss, also commonly known as Irish moss, is having a moment. While wellness enthusiasts are fans of adding the superfood to their smoothies for decades, it's also becoming an increasingly popular skincare ingredient.
Thanks to the high vitamin and mineral content of sea moss, it has benefits both when ingested or applied topically. According to Spate's January 2021 Top Rising Ingredients Report, searches for sea moss have seen 207.7% steady growth over the past couple of years.
While many people are catching on to this ingredient in 2021, sea moss gel is used in traditional drinks and food in the Caribbean and Ireland.
Sea moss and Gut Health?
Your digestive system is full of bacteria, some good and some bad. And because gut health is associated with overall health, balancing out those bacteria is an important element of your wellness. Algae, including sea moss, is a good source of fiber and live bacteria. “It can help replenish the good bacteria in our gut,” Czerwony says.
Sea Moss can also help improve the function of your digestive tract and promote healthy bacteria growth. It does this by coating your gut in a lining of probiotics. Healthy bacteria feed off the probiotics and increase in
number. The resulting high levels of beneficial bacteria lead to a healthy gut and prevent an imbalance of harmful bacteria. The lining of probiotics also acts as a lubricant, making it easier for waste to pass through your bowels. You should be able to pass waste easily and regularly without straining.
Furthermore, Sea moss also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can be great for soothing the gut. This is especially relevant if you suffer from IBS, leaky gut, or other bowel disorders. Regular consumption of Sea Moss is associated with a reduction in inflammation and improved gut health.