It all started with reality TV darling and superstar Kim Kardashian posting a picture of her plant-based breakfast on Instagram Stories. It’s not her avocado toast that sent tongues wagging, but instead the rather icky-looking sea moss smoothie in the corner of the shot.
From there, the fame and reputation of sea moss just skyrocketed and sent people outside of the usual health food circles trying out the coolest new superfood in town. In a separate tweet, Kim answered a user’s question on what constitutes her plant-based diet: “Sea moss smoothies are really good, too.”
Other celebrities such as Erykah Badu, Charlamagne Da God, Angela Yee, Styles P, DJ Envy, and Jadakiss have since spoken about sea moss benefits straight from mother nature.
The Late Great Dr. Sebi
The biggest “celebrity” who spread the word about sea moss was Dr. Sebi, who taught an elite circle of followers about the benefits of the algae and why it should be incorporated into a healthy diet.
With the real name Alfredo Darrington Bowman, Dr. Sebi was a Honduran herbalist and healer who practiced in the United States for a time during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He promoted the Sebi alkaline diet, a plant-based regimen claimed to rejuvenate the cells through the elimination of toxic waste.
One of Dr. Sebi’s popular videos is of him dropping on his knees and then standing again – without pain. He was already advanced in age back then and attributed the improvement to sea moss gel.
Sea Moss’ Popularity Among Celebrities
What would explain the appeal of the so-called “superfood of the sea” to the rich and popular? Here are some reasons:
- Convenient and easy to take. Sea moss gel can be easily incorporated into one’s diet, particularly a plant-based one that’s becoming more popular among celebrities. It has a pretty neutral taste and can be taken as gel added to food, capsule, or whole food form. As the most famous Kardashian herself vouches for, sea moss gel can be quickly added to your morning smoothie or afternoon pick-me-up drink.
- Nutrient-rich food for vegans. Sea moss can be a valuable addition to a plant-based diet, offering a rich lineup of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can help boost immunity, digestion, iodine levels for thyroid health, and levels of other nutrients (such as B vitamins) that a vegan or vegetarian diet may not readily offer. Potassium, for instance, is a potent electrolyte for better mental function, and every serving of sea moss comes with it.
- Great for skincare. Sea moss gel is a rising superstar in natural skincare, often added in cleansers, moisturizers, lotions, and even as a beauty aid for nails and hair. It’s anti-inflammatory, boosts collagen, and a trusted potential regimen against acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other common skin disorders.
- Outstanding mineral profile. We’ll always go back to how sea moss contains 92 of the 102 minerals that the body needs. If iodine helps the thyroid (in optimal amounts) and potassium helps with mood and mental wellbeing, vitamins B and C assist in brain health, calcium strengthens the bones, magnesium helps relax muscles and lower blood pressure, and zinc helps the immune system fight infections. With a busy, often stressful lifestyle, celebrities would be naturally drawn to sea moss and its standout mineral content.
Sea moss is no longer just enjoyed by people living near the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. Its raw form is now used to create homemade gel or high-quality commercial gel and nutritional supplements to reap the benefits. From being a popular choice among health food enthusiasts, it has gone mainstream and is used and consumed by people around the world today.