Sea Moss: Just a trend or something more?

You’ve probably seen sea moss all over your social media feeds recently. Our resident dietitian, Elisabeth DiDonato, MS, RDN dishes on this popular algae, so you can decide if it’s more than just a buzzy addition to your smoothie or skincare routine. Read on to find out!

First off, What is sea moss?

“Sea moss, also known as Chondrus crispus, or Irish moss, is a common edible red seaweed found on rocky shores in the Northern Atlantic.” 

What does sea moss look like?

“It can vary in color: you might spot green, yellow, red, brown, or black varieties. And much like other forms of seaweed, algae, and kelp, sea moss is an edible sea plant with a bounty of impressive health benefits.”

What are the benefits of using sea moss? 

“Seaweed and sea moss are plants that provide a variety of minerals including iodine that we do not receive from our regular diet efficiently. It has been said to support gut health, be antibacterial, anti-viral, help support a strong and healthy immune system, and boost heart health. Sea moss is also very rich in fiber, which may help assist with digestion, regularity, and gut health overall. It’s also packed with antioxidants and iron! But, it’s important to note that the nutritional breakdown of sea moss changes based on where they grow. Sea moss may be too high in iodine, which can be harmful to thyroid health.” 

Is there anything else we should be aware of before putting sea moss on our grocery list?

“Sea moss has a strong smell, taste, and texture, which can make it hard for some to enjoy on its own. However, when blended with delicious and nutritious smoothie ingredients, you may not taste the flavor of sea moss. I always suggest speaking with your health care provider before consuming sea moss.

Elisabeth DiDonato, MS, RDN is Revive’s newest team member! Her “food as medicine” approach to her work helps her provide holistic support to her clients and we are so excited to have her integrated into the work we do. Learn more about her here!


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