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jamaican_sea_mossWhy Do Jamaicans Drink Irish Moss?

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Irish Moss or what others may know as Sea Moss, is another Jamaican superfood, with so many benefits that many people don’t even know about. It is used to make a popular drink in Jamaica that is mixed with different ingredients, mainly to improve its taste and texture.


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1. Heart Health

One of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids is seaweed, particularly Irish moss. A healthy heart depends on these fats. A lower risk of heart disease, blood clots, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure is really associated with adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Even if you dislike fish, eating seaweed and Irish moss can help you maintain good heart health.

2. Joints and Bones

Sea moss is a natural source of vitamin K, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are crucial for maintaining healthy bones and joints. Irish moss has properties that aid in the development of strong bones and act as a natural anti-inflammatory for joints.

3. Better Love Life

Mineral-rich sea moss can help you have a better love life. Sea moss also has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help lower the risk of STDs.

4. Mental Well-Being

Magnesium and potassium are trace minerals that are important for maintaining healthy brain function as well as mood enhancers that can help people who are depressed or anxious. Both minerals are present in sea moss and are essential to the body's metabolic processes.

5. Could Aid in Blood Sugar Control

Fucoxanthin is one ingredient in Irish moss that may be beneficial. The deep reddish-brown hue of Irish moss is due to a carotenoid. According to studies, fucoxanthin may be quite advantageous for controlling blood sugar levels. It appears to aid the body's response to insulin, enabling your body to regulate its own blood sugar. Consuming Irish moss may help diabetics avoid blood sugar rises and crashes.

6. Energy

While vitamin B9 is necessary for the synthesis of DNA, vitamin B2 aids in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates to provide energy that fuels the body. Both of those vitamins are abundant in Irish moss.

7. Combats Prostate Enlargement Effectively

Mineral-rich sea moss can aid in the fight against prostate enlargement. The anti-inflammatory effects of sea moss can also help lower the incidence of prostate cancer.

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8. Cancer Risk is Lower

Irish moss contains the carotenoids fucoxanthin and other carotenoids, which function as antioxidants and are believed to help fight free radicals. Unchecked free radicals can harm cells, causing them to develop in potentially harmful ways, including the development of cancer. Consuming seaweed like Irish moss may help lower your risk of getting some cancers.

9. Protection

Irish moss is useful for those with colds, allergies, and asthma because it contains a lot of potassium iodide, which dissolves mucus. Additionally, it has vitamin C, antioxidants, amino acids, and natural antiviral and antibacterial compounds that aid in the prevention of infections.

10. Improved Mouthwash

Iodine, which is known to support dental health, is abundant in sea moss. Additionally, sea moss has anti-inflammatory characteristics that may help lower the incidence of periodontal illnesses like gingivitis.

11. Membrane Mucus

Irish moss aids in soothing irritating mucous membranes, whether they are in the lungs or the digestive tract. The plant's potassium iodide reserves help people with colds, allergies, and asthma by dissolving mucus. Additionally, it might have prebiotic characteristics that aid in reducing harmful gut bacteria that might strengthen the immune system.

12. It might encourage weight loss

Alginate, a substance found in sea moss, is known to help people lose weight by attaching to fat cells and blocking the body from absorbing them. Sea moss is also an excellent source of fibre, which aids in promoting fullness and preventing overeating.

13. Skin Disorders

Irish moss is a highly sought-after component in skin creams, burn ointments and moisturizers. It helps to relieve the signs and symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. The citrulline-arginine in sea moss releases substances that are crucial for the synthesis of collagen and the recovery of burns.

14. Minimizes the consequences of radiation poisoning

Vitamins and minerals abundant in sea moss can help lessen the effects of radiation poisoning. Sea moss also has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help lower the risk of cancer.

15. Thyroid Activity

Iodine, which is found in sea moss, is necessary for the production of hormones that control bodily processes including digestion, metabolism, and mood.

jamaican_drinks_irish_mossJamaican Irish Moss Drink

If you are looking for a drink to give your entire being a boost, definitely give the Irish moss drink a try, you can find the recipe here or pick up a can in the store.

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References & Sources For Why do Jamaicans Drink Irish Moss?

  1. Admin (2019) Benefits of Jamaican Irish moss- drink recipe - jamrock mart, Jamrock Mart - Authentic Jamaican Products. Available at: https://jamrockmart.com/benefits-of-jamaican-irish-moss/ (Accessed: November 16, 2022).
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