It was early in 2020 when Kim Kardashian West, the superstar of the Instagram age, outed herself as a sea moss smoothie fan.
There she was on Twitter, chatting with her fans and deciding to do a Q&A with them. The entrepreneur slash reality star, who just recently turned 40, revealed some fair bits about her diet: she tries to stick to a plant-based diet, misses “Big Stuf” Oreos big time, and – here’s what surprised us – loves drinking sea moss smoothies.
Hang on. What smoothies?
Sea moss – also known by names like Irish moss and its scientific name Chondrus crispus – has taken the health world by storm. Many experts are quick to call it the world’s top superfood, and the secret of the Atlantic seas that’s waiting to be told. Let’s learn more about sea moss and if KKW, after all, can convince you to try it out for yourself.
A Little Crash Course: What Is Sea Moss?
Sea moss is a kind of red algae (it’s also known as carrageen) that’s believed to do wonders for your health and well-being. It’s believed that traditional cultures in Ireland, Scotland, and Jamaica have used it as nutritious food and folk medicine. These cultures are known to use sea moss to boost their immunity and fight off nuisances like the common cold.
Since the 1800s, the Irish have been harvesting sea moss from their rocky shores to serve as medicine, even getting the nutrients it offered during unfortunate times of famine. And just between the two of us, there are accounts of sea moss being used as an elixir to increase male libido.
Now, where can you actually find sea moss? This algae grows on the cold Atlantic coast’s rocky parts – think of the British Isles, various European regions, and some parts of North America.
If you’re wondering, most people don’t consume sea moss plain. It’s used as a gel, which comes from boiling raw or dried sea moss in water. It’s also useful as a thickening agent. In some cultures, sea moss is a drink (uhm, hi, Kimmy) boiled with water and mixed with sugar or milk. Small wonder: today it’s likely sold as a powder of sea moss health supplements.
Let us entertain you with a few more sea moss facts:
- In Jamaica, a popular soft drink contains sea moss
- Based on Pinterest’s 2020 trends report, there’s been a staggering 380% increase in online searches for “sea moss benefits” (Should we thank KKW?)
- Like aloe and chia, sea moss is a mucilaginous food – a slimy substance! This enables it to soothe the digestive system’s mucus membranes and even provide prebiotic benefits
- You might read a lot about a certain Dr. Sebi in your sea moss research. This guy used sea moss in his treatment protocol and has popularized the food among celebrities, personalities, and a lot of health enthusiasts worldwide
Sea Moss Benefits
Sea moss benefits are nothing to scoff at. Besides, it’s unlikely for it not to get Kim Kardashian’s attention if it’s not packed with the good stuff. Let’s look at the evidence out there, both scientifically tested and anecdotal in nature.
- Optimal thyroid function – Sea moss boasts of various iodine compounds that the thyroid needs to stay healthy. It’s a dependable source of concentrated iodine in high amounts, helping create hormones that regulate metabolism, digestion, and more.
- Better mood and energy – It has B vitamins mainly riboflavin and folate, two major B vitamins. The first one helps break down proteins, fats, and carbs, while the second is helpful to form DNA and other genetic materials. Sea moss is also a great pick-me-up, helping fight crankiness.
- Skin and beauty agent – Sea moss masks, facial washes, cleansers, and other beauty products are thought to soothe eczema, psoriasis, burns, and other common skin problems. Some of its ingredients can facilitate cell growth and regeneration, as well as encourage collagen production.
- Proper digestion – Its special texture makes sea moss a powerful healing or soothing agent for mucus membranes in the human body, including the digestive system. It can also shoo away the bad stuff, a.k.a. bad bacteria, and benefit gut wellness.
- Immunity boost – Drinking sea moss smoothies during cold and flu season isn’t just keeping with the trends. It’s taking advantage of the superfood’s antioxidants, antivirals, and antimicrobial agents to help keep infections at bay. Sea moss’s potassium iodide is also a great way to dissolve phlegm in clogged passageways.
We probably should have mentioned this earlier, but sea moss actually contains 92 out of the 102 minerals that are essential for optimal human health.
Are you convinced yet that Kim Kardashian is right about taking her sea moss smoothies? What are your thoughts about this emerging health food superstar? Let us know and it’s an interesting discussion to take for great health and well-being.