You might have heard of sea moss on your TikTok or maybe saw your favorite green juice girl adding a heaping scoop of it into their smoothie, but what really is this? And is this actually something you should be eating, or is it just another health trend that is kind of stupid?
First of all, sea moss is a red algae and you can get it raw or in the form of a pill, powder, or everyone's favorite: a gel. Now, most sea moss supplements aren’t actually approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but that doesn’t dismiss the fact that this is almost a superfood.
Sea moss is great for your gut health, heart health, and immunity. It's also full of fiber which is always a plus. It also contains more than 90% of the nutrients our body needs. How killer is that? My second favorite thing about this product is that it's great for your skin. The magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids that you find in sea moss all hydrate your skin and protect its barrier. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are also great for clearing your skin up.
Now you might be super convinced that you need sea moss, but there are some cons. First off, it tastes disgusting. The best way to eat it is by blending it with your smoothie with the hopes of completely masking the taste and texture. It would probably be painful to just eat a straight scoop because of its super fishy taste and super slimy texture. But the supplements shouldn’t be too bad. To give you an idea of what the gel is like picture a scoop of aloe vera but it tastes like clams.
You also don’t want to overindulge in this product with the hopes of clearing your skin super fast because seaweed is known to absorb heavy metals which are toxic in large amounts.
So personally I think choosing to eat or not to eat this new “superfood” is up to you. I personally throw a scoop in my smoothies because I love the benefits and I love trying all the new health and wellness trends. But if you stick to a clean diet you really shouldn’t need to rely on supplements. Overall, this trend really is a personal choice. But I do suggest trying it out because why not? Who knows you might feel great and your skin will be amazing and all that jazz.
I've linked my favorite sea moss gels below.