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Only recently has sea moss -- otherwise known as Irish moss -- become available on the international market. This may be due to the fact that people are now aware of its health-related benefits. It contains minerals, iodine, calcium and other nutrients that are good for the body. This moss can be cooked, made into drinks or beverages, and even eaten raw or dried.

Skin, Muscle and Joint Pain

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This “wonder seaweed” is known to cure various skin diseases, such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. The moss can be applied topically or added in baths to moisturize and hydrate the skin. It is also said to prevent varicose veins, rashes and inflammation, as well as provide relief for muscle and joint pain. Sea moss is also known to be an aphrodisiac because it increases libido not only when taken orally but also when used in baths.

Fungal and Microbial Infections

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Sea moss has antiviral agents that cure and prevent respiratory ailments such as pneumonia, colds, bronchitis, flu and even tuberculosis. It is rich in potassium chloride, which is said to dissolve catarrhs, a mucus discharge caused by the swelling of the mucous membrane. This moss also has antimicrobial agents, which are used in making antibiotics to help fight bacterial and fungal infections. Eating the moss regularly can help cure, as well as prevent, these types of diseases.

Thyroid-Related Diseases

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The substantial amount of iodine found in sea moss helps in the production of thyroid hormones. The body needs iodine to strengthen the immune system in order to fight diseases. It actually serves as a microbial agent in which it filters out germs and other bacteria during blood circulation. Microorganisms easily enter the body through cuts or wounds of the skin, and via throat and nasal passages. These organisms are then transported by the blood to other parts of the body during blood circulation. If the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, then iodine is needed to help fight off these microorganisms.

Food Additive

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This type of seaweed contains carrageenan, an additive used to stabilize and emulsify food in order to retain its flavor and color. The carrageenan is extracted from the sea moss and used to make pudding, whipped cream, meringue, ice cream, salad dressing and any kind of food that needs to be stabilized and thickened. This additive is also used in making wines and beers. You can actually find recipes that contain dried or raw sea moss as an ingredient.