Sea moss is the newest member of the superfoods movement, but it has been around for decades in various forms. It is well-known and loved in Jamaica, Hawaii, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Japan.
In the U.S., sea moss enjoys recent popularity as sea moss gel for smoothies. But what exactly is sea moss, and why is it good for you?
Let's answer all your questions about this superfood, plus discover a delicious sea moss smoothie recipe to get you started.
Everything You Need to Know About Sea Moss
Sea moss is an alga that grows year-round in oceans worldwide. It can be purple, pink, green, black, or gold in color, and it turns glossy when blended with water to create sea moss gel.
The main varieties of sea moss are gracilaria (Jamaican sea moss), Chondrus crispus (Irish moss), and eucheuma cottonii (St Lucia or sea bird nest). Sea moss has a wide range of uses, from desserts to skincare, and you can consume it raw, dried, powdered, or as a sea moss gel.
Sea Moss Flavor
Sea moss has a mild, musty smell and earthy taste, similar to oysters and seaweed. While it contains a good amount of iodine, sea moss doesn't taste salty or metallic. You barely taste it when blended in a sea moss smoothie.
Sea Moss Health Benefits
Sea moss contains nutrients and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, copper, and magnesium. It is also deficient in carbs, calories, fat, sugar, and fiber, so it is best used as a mineral supplement in your diet.
While sea moss is currently not FDA-approved, it still offers some health benefits. These include:
- weight loss
- brain and heart health
- anti-aging, and
- controlling bad cholesterol and blood sugar
Algae can also help to improve your immunity, thyroid functions, and gut microbiota.
Sea Moss Downsides
Take sea moss in small doses to reduce the risk of excess iodine in the body, negatively affecting your thyroid gland. Thyroid dysfunctions and gut problems are common symptoms of excess iodine. Of course, more research is necessary to uncover the full potential of sea moss. So far, the toxicity levels are too low to pose serious risks to your overall health.
Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe
Our favorite sea moss smoothie recipe starts with raw, dried sea moss and ends with a sweet, filling smoothie. Here's how to make it:
- Your favorite type of raw, dried sea moss
- Distilled or mineral water
- One lemon
- One banana
- Blueberries to taste
- Two teaspoons honey
- 1.5 cups milk
- Two teaspoons of peanut butter
To Make Your Lemon Sea Moss Gel
- Wash the dried sea moss thoroughly
- Slice your lemon pieces and sea moss into the water
- Add the lemon pieces and sea moss into the water
- Soak overnight to hydrate and flavor the sea moss
- Strain the sea moss water the next day
- Thoroughly blend the sea moss in fresh distilled or mineral water
- Keep the mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate to set the gel
To Make Your Sea Moss Smoothie
- Add milk to your blender, then the banana, blueberries, honey, and peanut butter
- Add two teaspoons of your prepared sea moss gel
- Blend until smooth
- Serve in your favorite smoothie glass, and enjoy!
- Use soy, coconut, or almond milk to make a vegan sea moss smoothie
- In addition to lemons, try other fruits to flavor the sea moss infusion, such as pineapple, mango, or lime
- Freeze the leftover sea moss gel for up to 6 months. Portion the gel into an ice cube tray for convenience
- Use a maximum of 2 tablespoons of sea moss gel every morning to reap the maximum benefits for your health
Sea Moss Tips and Recommendations
As you can see, this sea moss recipe requires you to make your sea moss gel. Holistic Vybez has four types of raw sea moss to choose from St Lucia Gold, Royal Purple, Full Spectrum, and Chondrus Crispus (Irish moss).
Natural sea moss is ideal if you want to keep it for a long time–it can last for over a year when stored properly. You can also grind and sprinkle it into your food or make a gel whenever you need a sea moss smoothie.
However, you can also buy ready-made sea moss gel and keep it in your fridge for a sea moss smoothie recipe. Holistic Vybez offers three types of sea moss gels, each with unique properties.
The St Lucia Gold sea moss gel comprises spring water to give it a smooth, mild flavor.
The Elderberry and Soursop sea moss gel is infused with vitamins and antioxidants.
The Electric Dragon sea moss gel includes dragonfruit and burdock root extracts to give you an unbeatable immunity boost. You can use any of these gels in the above sea moss smoothie recipe.
Finally, once your sea moss gel arrives, put it in the fridge immediately. Every Holistic Vybez sea moss gel stays frozen and shipped in insulated packaging. However, it still needs at least 5 hours of refrigeration to maintain the perfect consistency and benefits. If you order the sea moss gel bundle packages, keep the extra jars of sea moss gel in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Get Started with Holistic Vybez Sea Moss
The Holistic Vybez collection of sea moss products comes with high praise and excellent results. You'll get an instant energy boost from your first sea moss smoothie recipe right from the start. Order a one-time sea moss gel to try in your smoothies, or subscribe for your Holistic Vybez sea moss gels to arrive at your doorstep every three or six weeks.
You can also get a trio package of your favorite sea moss gel or the exclusive Black Box VIP Pack with raw sea moss, sea moss gels, and sea moss-infused face masks. Our prices are the best in the market, plus you can pay in interest-free installments and free shipping for orders over $100! Contact us today.