Botanical Roots: Why you should consume Irish moss | Loop Jamaica

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Though referred to as moss, Irish moss is a type of algae or seaweed that can be found on the coast of the Caribbean, the Atlantic Ocean in Britain, Europe and North America.

Irish moss can provide important health benefits. For instance, it is rich in iodine, which helps your thyroid produce hormones that control your metabolism, nerves, and bone growth.

Irish moss is also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can the lower risk of heart disease, blood clots, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Consuming Irish moss is helpful in containing your blood sugar levels as it contains fucoxanthin, which has significant benefits for regulating blood sugar levels. For people with diabetes, eating Irish moss may help prevent blood sugar spikes or crashes.

Antioxidants found in this wonder seaweed are known to help fight free radicals. Uncontrolled free radicals damage cells, causing them to become cancerous. By eating seaweed like Irish moss, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers.

Irish moss may help prevent a common cold from developing into pneumonia. It can also treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and has powerful antiviral properties, helping to prevent or treat a myriad of disorders such as flu, sore throats and coughs.

The seaweed is believed to help reduce the appetite due to its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a bulking type material, thus increasing the feeling of fullness. Irish moss’ laxative effect can promote easy passing of stool and counter the effects of constipation.

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