Irish moss also contains the mineral potassium, an essential part of a healthy diet. Potassium supports the proper function of every cell in your body, playing a role in muscle contraction, nerve impulses and digestion, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Potassium is best ingested through your diet, by eating potassium-rich foods such as Irish moss, since excessive consumption of potassium that can occur from ingesting supplements can lead to problems, including high blood pressure. If you plan to take Irish moss as a form of potassium supplement, consult a medical professional to ensure a potassium supplement is right for you.
Irish moss also provides a source of vitamin K, another fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin K helps regulate blood coagulation, by helping to control the behavior of blood cells called platelets. Following injury, platelets begin to aggregate together, forming a blood clot to stop the flow of fresh blood into the injury site. One key regulator of this aggregation is prothrombin, a clotting protein. The Linus Pauling Institute explains that vitamin K works together with prothrombin to allow for proper blood clot formation. If you suffer from or are at risk for blood clots, you must consult with a physician before ingesting foods or supplements containing high levels of vitamin K, such as Irish moss, to prevent harmful side effects related to blood clotting.
Irish moss is a type of seaweed, belonging to a family of organisms called red algae. The plant is typically harvested from the Atlantic coast of North America or Europe, then dried and sold as a supplement. Ingesting this healthy plant from the ocean provides your body with a number of nutrients that can help improve and maintain good health.
Irish moss not only helps the skin, it can help on the inside of the body as well. The seaweed can help protect against arteriosclerosis, hyper tension, and fat buildup. It can also help prevent the buildup of cholesterol, and protect against obesity. It helps to increase metabolism which can lead to the ability to burn off fat quicker. By helping to prevent these problems, Irish moss can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Irish moss is an expectorant, meaning it can break up mucus and help clear out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold. Because of the expectorant qualities, Irish moss helps to prevent a common cold from turning into pneumonia. Irish moss can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis.
Irish moss has shown antibacterial activity and may be useful for kidney and bladder infection, and it has also demonstrated antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans. There is promising research that claims Irish moss possesses antiviral properties that may be effective against Influenza-B and mumps, among other viruses.
Irish moss is a mild and effective laxative by aiding in the formation of the stool and providing fiber that increases fecal bulk. At the same time its demulcent properties soothe inflamed tissues of the intestinal tract, providing help for intestinal disorders. In addition, Irish moss is said to absorb toxins from the bowel and draw radiation poison from the body.
Irish moss is thought to help reduce the appetite by virtue of its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a mucilaginous, bulking-type material, increasing the feeling of “fullness” and also aiding in the elimination process of waste through the gastrointestinal tract. The escalated metabolic rate caused by improved thyroid function (resulting from Irish moss’s iodine content) helps to increase energy and burn fat and may be helpful in weight-loss regimens.