17 May 2023 • 10 min read
Sea moss appeared on a lot of people’s radar during the lockdowns, but what do we actually know about this trending supplement? Well, we’ve answered the top ten Googled questions on sea moss, so you can get the full lowdown, below.
Scientifically known as Chondrus crispus, sea moss is a type of algae or seaweed, which is found on the Atlantic shores of North America, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands.1
Taking sea moss as a supplement has recently experienced a boom in popularity, as it may help support a healthy lifestyle.2
If you’re worried about what sea moss might taste like, you’ll be pleased to know that it is supposedly very mild in flavour. However, people do say that it has a gentle, earthy taste – similar to that of seaweed.
People take sea moss for a variety of reasons as it seemingly offers a range of different benefits. From supporting digestive function to helping with mood, we explore the various ways that sea moss may be able to help with your overall health in our article all about sea moss health benefits.3,4
Sea moss comes in a range of different formats, from powders and gels, to taking it whole – so how you take it depends on that! But some of the most common ways to take sea moss include making it into a smoothie, adding it to a protein shake or using it in soups, stews, spreads or baked goods.
Supposedly, sea moss contains nutrients to improve blood flow and increase libido. However, this is anecdotal evidence, so many more studies are needed to confirm whether or not this is actually the case.
Again, research on whether sea moss can specifically help with skin conditions like acne is limited. Although it does contain vitamin A, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to support healthy skin function.5,6,7,8
Can sea moss help hair growth? Again, there are no direct studies on the effects of sea moss for hair growth. But it is well known that sea moss is rich in zinc, which is an important mineral for healthy hair.
Again, there are no direct studies on the effects of sea moss for hair growth. But it is well known that sea moss is rich in zinc, which is an important mineral for healthy hair.9,10,11
Not necessarily no, as it only contains 0.13g of fibre per 10g (2 tablespoons). Although if you are having issues in that area, it’s probably best to speak to a medical professional for some advice.12
If consumed in excessive amounts, it may cause an adverse reaction. This is likely due to its high iodine content, which when consumed in extreme excess can cause symptoms like burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach, fever, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weak pulse, and coma.13
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There are no current guidelines on the timing of taking sea moss, so find a time of the day that suits your lifestyle.