Irish Moss (Sea Moss) is an edible seaweed, also known as cartilaginous seaweed or carragheen algae. It is found in many coastal regions and has been used for centuries as a nutrient and remedy. Now Sea Moss is widely used in the food and cosmetics industry as well as in medicines and nootropics.

Among food supplements, Sea Moss is considered a superfood. Due to the many minerals and vitamins in Sea Moss, the effects of Irish Moss for the immune system are immense, with many uses for health.

We have compiled the most important uses and effects of Irish Moss seaweed in this blog. You can read everything you need to know about the Sea Moss dosage here.


The nootropic Sea Moss: What effect does Irish Moss have?

Sea Moss red algae are a true wonder of nature. It contains an unusually high amount of vital nutrients, minerals, vitamins and fibre, which are essential for a healthy immune system and our well-being. These include:

    > Vitamins A, B, C and D

    > Calcium

    > Iron

    > Magnesium

    > Omega-3 fatty acids

    > Iodine

    > Zinc

    > Potassium

    > Selenium

    > Phosphorus

    > Taurine

    > Manganese

    > Pectin


The benefits and health-promoting effects of Sea Moss are therefore particularly extensive:

Irish Moss:

> strengthens the immune system

> is antiviral and antioxidant

> is anti-inflammatory

> aids digestion and metabolism

> improves skin problems and joint pain

> supports heart health

and much more.


People who suffer from nutrient or vitamin deficiencies particularly appreciate Carragheen algae. It is especially true for vegans and vegetarians who use Sea Moss to compensate for the lack of certain nutrients and especially Omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and iron. Athletes also use Irish Moss extract to strengthen joints and muscles and meet their increased needs for minerals and nutrients.

Many even turn to Irish Moss to get rid of a hangover, as iron and other minerals in particular are quickly depleted after a night of partying and too much alcohol.

As a dietary supplement, Irish Moss is dried and usually sold in capsules. It is tasteless and well tolerated. However, it should be noted that seaweed such as cartilage kelp / Irish Moss often contains a high iodine content. It can be problematic for people with thyroid disorders. And there are other possible interactions to be aware of - all the important information on this in our blog: Side effects of Sea Moss.


The benefits of Sea Moss: an overview of its uses

As a nootropic, Sea Moss can be purchased as capsules, but Irish Moss seaweed is also often dried and processed as a powder.


The main uses of Irish Moss are:

- As a dietary supplement, e.g. for nutrient deficiencies.

- For colds (bronchitis, chesty cough etc.)

- For a weak immune system

- For thyroid diseases

- In skin care and cosmetics

- For joint pain

- For metabolic problems

- In pharmaceuticals and medicines

- In food


Sea Moss as a source of nutrients

Many seaweeds, especially Irish Moss, contain almost all essential vitamins and minerals. What also makes Sea Moss special is its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, an ideal source for vegan diets. The nutrients in Sea Moss support a healthy immune system, heart health, lower cholesterol levels and much more.


Sea Moss as a medicine

Irish Moss has been used and processed in pharmacy (especially naturopathy) for a very long time. It is mainly used for respiratory diseases such as bronchitis or asthma and is used in lozenges or pastilles and juice to treat coughs, colds and other inflammations (e.g. joints).


Sea Moss in cosmetics

The high benefit of Sea Moss for skin, hair and nails was discovered early on by the cosmetic industry. Seaweed extracts are contained in various cosmetic products such as soaps, creams and shampoos. They moisturise, protect the skin from free radicals and strengthen the nails.

Irish Moss can also help relieve skin rashes or sunburn and is very popular in skincare and cosmetics due to its natural effects.


Sea Moss in food
Carragheen algae and Irish Moss are popular vegan alternatives to animal products. Carragheen is used as an alternative to animal gelatine, for example in vegetarian sweets. Sea Moss powder is also used as a thickener and gelling agent, as the carragheen it contains has a binding effect. But especially for the vegan diet, the many vitamins and minerals in Irish Moss offer a good source of nutrients.


Sea Moss experience: Irish Moss for the immune system and more!

Sea Moss capsules are particularly popular with users as a quick booster for the immune system. Sea Moss is also highly beneficial in cases of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies (B vitamins, folic acid or iron) or a particularly stressful everyday life, as it can help to improve energy levels and well-being.

Especially during the cold season, users report positive effects of Irish Moss on the immune system. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral agents.

At Raw Powders, Sea Moss capsules contain exactly 250mg for a particularly easy dosage of Irish Moss.

Some people also use Sea Moss powder to make delicious meals. Online you can find several recipes for juices, sauces and soups with the nutrient-rich addition of cartilage seaweed.

Red algae capsules are also an insider tip for vegan and vegetarian diets, as they can compensate for nutritional deficiencies (especially iodine, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, etc.). The experiences with Sea Moss are very positive (when used correctly).

You can buy superfoods at  Lion's Mane capsules, Lion's Mane powder, Cordyceps capsules, Cordyceps powder, Chaga, Acai, Reishi capsules, Reishi powder, Goji berries, Spirulina capsules, Spirulina powder, Maca Capsules, Maca powder, Chlorella.


Also, you can buy nootropics and have them delivered directly to your home, without prescription and of the best quality.



Text author:
Kay Svegler
Communications, PR, American Studies, University of Leipzig
Journalist and freelance writer (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, BILD, MDR etc.)
Former Senior PR Manager for Fischer Appelt, Sustainability and Diversity Manager for DKB