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Irish moss is Irish moss, sea moss is sea moss! After soaking the moss in part one, it’s now time to boil it up and get ready to make some JUICE. We chat rasta hand oven mitts, whistling frogs VS rasclaat toads, Sea Moss Vs Irish Moss facts, checking out ponganut aka pomegranate baby trees with ratty, dealing with ant and mosquito bites, and also g into a pot lid toe mashup accident xD Part 2 with taste test coming soon 😉 Bless up, Matthew & Mokko

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Benefits of Sea Moss

Irish sea moss is a “red seaweed” variety that is often sourced from the Chondrus crispus species, but is also derived from the genus Gracilaria, a less leafy variation. Chondrus crispuscommonly grows off the shores of Ireland, Great Britain, the Atlantic coastlines of the U.S. and Canada, most European shores as well as Iceland. Whereas gracilaria, another type of red marine algae also referred to as irish moss, comes from warmer oceanic environments.

Chondrus crispus or gracilaria, being very mucilaginous when soaked in water, is one that you wouldn’t normally eat like dulse, kelp or nori seaweeds. It additionally has a tough and rubbery texture that is largely inedible. Although it is traditionally simmered and consumed as a liquid broth, modern-day recipes often use the raw blended gel which can be added to various foods and drinks as a nutritious thickening agent. It is often used as a vegan substitute for gelatin as it provides a similar consistency.

Irish moss is a natural source of carrageenan, which makes up to about 55% of its volume and is what is responsible for its properties as a gelling medium.

What is Carrageenan and Is It Good for Us?

Carrageenan extract or gum is not the same thing as whole irish moss seaweed.

Carrageenan extract is an emulsifier and food additive that has been used in the commercial food industry for decades in yogurt, ice cream, dairy milk, and even organic boxed vegan milks to enhance the textures of these packaged products. It is also used as a stabilizer in other processed foods, as well as a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, pesticides and toothpastes.

The use of carrageenan extract has been the subject of much debate among health conscious consumers for its studied links to a variety of gastrointestinal disorders including inflammatory bowel syndrome, intestinal ulcerations and tumor growths.

There has been quite a lobby of people, including the Cornucopia Institute, protesting the FDA’s approval of carrageenan as a safe food additive for these reasons.

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Irish Moss Carrageenan Vs. Carrageenan Extract

Carrageenan, a type of polysaccharide, can be derived from irish moss (Chondrus crispus), in addition to other varieties of red edible seaweeds, like Kappaphycus alvarezii, one of the most important commercial sources according to Wikipedia. (Source)

Chemically processed carrageenan extract, also called “food grade” carrageenan, is nutritionally diminished and is not the same substance as whole irish moss seaweed. Manufactured carrageenan is an isolated compound extracted from red seaweeds and treated with harsh alkali solutions, like potassium hydroxide.

During processing the all-important cellulose is removed from the seaweed and the use of 5–8% potassium hydroxide is employed. “Potassium hydroxide solutions with concentrations of approximately 0.5 to 2.0% are irritating when coming in contact with the skin, while concentrations higher than 2% are corrosive.” (Source)

In an article provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it essentially refers to potassium hydroxide as a toxic poisonous chemical that can have serious health effects if ingested. The amounts of potassium hydroxide present in carrageenan extract remains to be proven, but is a factor to take into consideration regarding its given side-effects.

Moreover, another important concern is that food-grade carrageenan can be degraded by acids in the stomach, turning it into poligeenan, a potential carcinogenic substance. According to the Cornucopia Institute and theirCarrageenan Report, “Degraded  carrageenan (poligeenan) is  such  a
potent inflammatory agent that scientists routinely use it to induce inflammation and other disease in laboratory animals, to
test anti-inflammation drugs and other pharmaceuticals.”

Irish Moss Benefits

A Nourishing and Energizing Food Source

Irish moss contains many beneficial vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, iron, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium and folate. Irish moss flakes, from the Chondrus crispus species, have small red-leafed blades that contain higher amounts of iodine than the whole moss strands, but generally the seaweed is not considerably high in iodine compared to that of kelp, bladderwrack and other sea vegetables.

As mentioned, the seaweed broth has been used for centuries as a building food, nourishing those recovering from debilitating illness, fatigue, physical injury or traumas. This practice was largely employed during the 19th century Irish famine (1845 and 1852) to strengthen the body and speed recovery from malnourishment and weakened physical states.

The seaweed is also a “time released” energizing fuel source, providing long chain polysaccharides that help to deliver nutrients over a longer period of time for a slower and more sustained nutritional uptake.

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Read the full Article here SuperFoodsHealth 

Sea Moss Dem Gals

“So, does Sea Moss really work? there’s no debating the drink’s strong nutritional value. Sea Moss has a rich mix of vitamins and minerals, most notably potassium, calcium and magnesium, that make it a favored elixir for treating everything from digestive disorders and ulcers, to depression, anxiety and even ADD. More popularly, though, Sea Moss is known to add a little extra potency to the main male ingredient required for baby-making. Guys, if you’re having a little trouble conceiving, a healthy helping of Sea Moss will ensure that your boys will swim!” – Taste of the Caribbean

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Sea Moss gel
  • 2 cups of water (depending on thickness desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 small can sweetened condensed milk or rice milk/almond milk  (7 oz)
  • Pinch of nutmeg for flavor

Phase 1: Preparing Sea Moss Gel

Soak the dried Sea Moss in cold water for 15 minutes. Wash algae thoroughly, but do not soak it overnight, as the algae will lose much of its nutritional value and potency. Next, fill a pot with two quarts of fresh water. Add the clean Sea Moss and two cinnamon sticks. Bring pot to boil. Once boiling, cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes. The algae will soften and the water will thicken. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon sticks. Allow the solution to cool and place it in the refrigerator overnight, allowing it to gel.

Phase 2: Preparing Sea Moss Drink

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on low speed until pieces of algae are finely chopped. That’s it!

Serve chilled, or over ice. Also, for an additional flavor boost, add a shot of rum.

According to Andrew, this recipe serves two… though there’s no telling how many it will produce!

For those of you who can’t find the raw Sea Moss ingredient at your local grocery store, check health food and nutritional retailers

More great Taste of the Caribbean: Here 

Other issues that Irish moss can help with include the following.

* Varicose veins
* Halitosis (bad breath)
* Dysentery
* Inflammation
* Problems with the urinary system
* Duodenal and peptic ulcers
* Strengthens connective tissues
* Strengthens hair, skin, and nail
* Swollen joints
* Thyroid conditions
* Glandular problems
* Tuberculosis
* Influenza
* Mumps viruses