You’ve heard about the amazing trend of using natural sea moss to improve your health, and you don’t want to miss out! Excellent choice. We don’t blame you!
But you might be worried about sea moss side effects. It’s a reasonable concern. Even all-natural supplements like sea moss can have side effects, so everyone should be cautious when incorporating something new into their diet or health regimen.
Luckily for all of us, by and large sea moss is incredibly safe, and there is no cause for concern about side effects if you’re taking the proper dosage, unless you fall into a couple of categories, which we’ll outline below. That said, ALWAYS be sure to follow recommended guidelines!
There are numerous ways you can supplement with sea moss, because sea moss has tons of different uses, from gel to pills to raw sea moss. You can ingest it orally, or you can apply it topically. You can put it into a smoothie, or apply it as a balm or lotion. You can use a dropper to apply sea moss tincture, or you can take Raw Sea Wildcrafted Dried Irish Sea Moss and crush it into a fine powder to use as a spice for foods!
Simply put, sea moss is one of the most versatile and nutritious herbs known to mankind.
So How Much Sea Moss Should I Take?
Well, the recommended amount of sea moss to ingest daily is 1-2 tablespoons. This equates to about 4 to 8 grams, in case you were wondering. If you’re using a dropper to ingest sea moss as a tincture, that is around 3 droppers full each day, but it can vary depending on the size of your dropper.
Remember, this requirement is ONLY for oral supplementation!
You don’t need to worry about applying too much sea moss gel to your skin or scalp (it’s an excellent cure for wrinkles and hair loss!). Simply lather on a decent amount of our Sea Moss Gel.
Now, let’s get into the side effects of oral supplementation.
What are the Side Effects of Too Much Sea Moss?
The main reason you don’t want to supplement with too much sea moss is simply because it is quite high in iodine. Iodine is a critical nutrient that our bodies need to make thyroid hormones, so it’s something that is important for all of us. These thyroid hormones control our metabolism and many other important functions. They also help with bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy, so they’re especially important for women who are pregnant or nursing.
For adults over the age of 14, 150mcg (micrograms) of iodine per day is recommended, and for nursing or pregnant women, the recommended dosage is even higher.
That said, too much iodine can cause major thyroid issues. Notably, over supplementing with iodine leads to developing a goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland. Meanwhile, too little iodine can also cause thyroid problems.
As a result, many doctors recommend a “not too much, not too little” approach when supplementing with seaweeds like Irish sea moss, all of which are high in iodine. By and large, however, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Sea moss has a rich, varied history spanning back thousands of years, and native coastal peoples have been supplementing with it for centuries.
The Background of Sea Moss
Since the early 1800s, Irish people have harvested sea moss from their coastlines (hence the name ‘Irish sea moss’). They used it as a natural healing agent, but also to get vital nutrients the body needs during times of famine and hardship. For example, sea moss was critical for the Irish during the Great Potato Famine.
Ireland isn’t the only place people have used sea moss, however. In coastal communities around the world, this special seaweed has played a role in diet. From Ireland to Norway, Vietnam to Malaysia, and even in many remote regions of Africa, people have used seaweed as medicine and food.
Sea Moss Benefits
Before we answer the big question, ‘Who Shouldn’t Supplement with Sea Moss?’ due to sea moss side effects, we need to talk a bit more about the amazing benefits of this superfood.
The benefits of this ocean superfood are wide ranging. We have our own article talking in-depth about the benefits of sea moss. Some of the main benefits, however, are outlined below:
- Thyroid support
- Improved mental/emotional health
- Boost cognitive function
- Nasal decongestant
- Soothing of pulmonary diseases like bronchitis
- Hair growth
- Immune support
- Weight loss
- Joint support (anti-inflammation)
Even more impressive is that out of the 102 critical vitamins and minerals the human body needs to function, natural sea moss contains 92! These include:
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B12
Who Shouldn’t Supplement with Sea Moss?
As we mentioned earlier, sea moss isn’t for everyone. As you know by now, most of the adverse side effects associated with sea moss come from the iodine count. Because of this, people with certain thyroid conditions should discuss using natural sea moss with their physician beforehand.
Irish sea moss is also contraindicated (in other words, not advised) for people who have low blood pressure, or those who are taking anticoagulant or sympathomimetic prescription drugs. These are drugs that promote the stimulation of sympathetic nerves, and irish sea moss can potentially interact with these medications and worsen their side effects.
Other than these outliers, by and large sea moss is incredibly safe. So unless you’re dealing with hyperthyroidism or low blood pressure, try some today!
Our Sea Moss
Here at Natural Sea Moss, we provide only organic, raw sea moss, straight from the source.
Our Raw Wildcrafted Dried Irish Sea Moss comes directly from the pristine waters off the island of St. Lucia. Sun dried and hand packed to ensure highest quality and viability, the sea moss isn’t refined or processed in any way.
Of course, we also offer Sea Moss Gel, made with only two ingredients... our Raw Wildcrafted Dried Irish Sea Moss and natural spring water.
Experience the benefits of this special seaweed today!