Among the many foods that are considered to be super foods, Irish Moss is a lesser known item. Irish moss is a species of seaweed, that grows in massive amounts in the rocky parts of the Atlantic coasts of America and Europe. It also is found in parts of the Pacific. It gets it’s name because it’s most abundant near Ireland. When it’s fresh, Irish moss is soft and varies in color. It can be greenish-yellow, red, dark purple, or purplish-brown. This seaweed is used in foods such as jellies and gelatin. The gelatin can go into ice creams, drinks, and other deserts. Irish moss is also used in cosmetics. It is often the key ingredient of body lotion. Irish moss can be made into the form of an extract for easier consumption. There are many health benefits of Irish moss.
Irish moss is great for the skin. When it comes into contact with rough and dry skin, Irish moss can help to rehydrate it, and leave the skin feeling silky and smooth. Irish moss is effective on a number of severe skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, bad sunburns, and rashes. This amazing seaweed is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D, all of which play a role in nourishing the skin to make it healthy. Applying Irish moss to the skin, can help to enhance the natural moisture barrier of the skin. At the same time, it helps to block out harmful elements that can damage the skin.
Over time, the skin loses it’s elasticity. Irish moss contains vitamin K, which has been associated with keeping the skin’s elasticity intact. It can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and can diminish dark circles and bags under the eyes.
Irish moss not only helps the skin, it can help on the inside of the body as well. The seaweed can help protect against arteriosclerosis, hyper tension, and fat buildup. It can also help prevent the buildup of cholesterol, and protect against obesity. It helps to increase metabolism which can lead to the ability to burn off fat quicker. By helping to prevent these problems, Irish moss can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Irish moss is an expectorant, meaning it can break up mucus and help clear out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold. Because of the expectorant qualities, Irish moss helps to prevent a common cold from turning into pneumonia. Irish moss can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis.
Irish moss has been found to be very helpful with the recovery of radiation poisoning and cancer. This is due to the plant’s high iodine content. Iodine is difficult to come by, and is found mainly in table salt. People don’t get as much iodine in their diets as they should, so Irish moss is beneficial for that purpose alone. Along with iodine, Irish moss also contains calcium, sulfur, potassium, and vitamin E.
Other issues that Irish moss can help with include the following.
- Varicose veins
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Problems with the urinary system
- Duodenal and peptic ulcers
- Strengthens connective tissues
- Strengthens hair, skin, and nail
- Swollen joints
- Thyroid conditions
- Glandular problems
- Mumps viruses
The health benefits of Irish Moss are plentiful, both for the outside of the body, as well as the inside. This seaweed can help you live a longer life by preventing diseases and warding off illnesses. It can also help you look and feel younger. Irish moss is easy to add into your diet. You can mix a little into your morning or afternoon smoothie and start reaping the rewards.
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