Health Giving Benefits

For thousands of years the Chinese have realised that seaweeds contribute to overall general health. Seaweeds or marine algae grown in all the oceans of the world and have done so for hundreds of millions of years. Indeed seaweeds represent the oldest known plants we have found in the fossil record. Seaweeds absorb and concentrate the rich minerals and nutrients which abound in the ocean, into their cells. Due to the low position these herbs exist in the food chain, seaweeds are safer to eat than nearly any other food stuff encountered in any human diet. The enzyme and mineral content of seaweed assist the bodies ability to eliminate the chemical wastes we absorb every day, as a consequence of environment we all inhabit in this modern world.

Irish moss has long been recognised for its ability to cure and abate the symptoms of colds and flu, thus the eating of Irish moss forms an effective barrier to the ills of winter. Irish moss contains potassium chloride, this chemical helps to dissolve catarrhs, which are responsible for the congestion associated with chesty coughs, therefore, carrageen moss provides a healthy natural alternative to (in many cases) manmade over the counter pharmaceutical cough and flu remedies.

Irish moss also contains several natural anti microbial and anti viral agents which not only prevents colds and flus, but Irish moss is reported to eradicate a wide range of infections in sufferers, reducing valuable time lost to the ills we all encounter every day. The respiratory ailments irish moss has been reported to alleviate include, sore throats, bronchitis and pneumonia, there are even reports that indicate Irish moss exhibited activity against tuberculosis.

As with dulse, Irish moss contains significant amounts of iodine. The thyroid gland exhibits a requirement for this ion, thus iodine is required for proper gland function. Iodine plays an important role in our ability to fight disease. Germs can gain access to the blood through cuts in the skin, through the nasal membranes and throat passages, or via the intestinal tract, or practically anywhere there is a rich blood supply close to an external surface. Iodine has a limited anti microbial role, as blood circulates through the body it passes through the thyroid gland. Iodine is secreted in to the blood stream through the thyroid, where it kills many of the weaker germs, whilst weakening some of the stronger germs.

Iodine also has other functions in the body, e.g. it aids in the release of tension, especially nervous tension, which enhances the overall sense of well being.

Due to the strongly alkaline nature of Irish moss, it is used in the relief and cure of bunions. The alkalinity of this wonderful herb is not attributed to sodium bicarbonate or potash, which are the major ingredients of many of the over the counter alkalisers. Irish moss and dulse are traditionally used in the relief of the rigors of the day, after excessive alcohol consumption (a hangover), it replaces much of the ion content that is leached from the body as a consequence of the dehydrative effect attributed to the consumption of alcohol.

Calcium phosphate, and the phosphates of potassium, sodium and magnesium are required by the cells of the brain, liver, flesh and bones. Calcium phosphate salts form the major insoluble inorganic component of the bone, so intake of this salt can aid bone integrity and keep teeth strong and healthy.

Other ailments carrageen moss is reported to be effective against, cancer and radiation poisoning possibly because of the iodine content of Irish moss. it has also been employed for hundreds of years for diverse conditions such as halitosis, for inflammation, Irish moss has also been applied as an emollient and it has antitissuive activities. As a gelatinous substance Irish moss has been used to treat peptic and duodenal ulcers and to inhibit arteriosclerosis and therefore, hypertension, it protects from fat and cholesterol build up. Irish moss has a well documented anticoagulant effect on the blood, and clears up many bladder complaints.

Irish moss is truly a treasure of the sea.