How to Store Sea Moss Gel

You’ve probably heard a ton about sea moss as a superfood with lots of health benefits.

If you’re curious about sea moss, you might be wondering how to incorporate it into your diet or routine.

You might want to know how to store sea moss gel:

You can either refrigerate or freeze sea moss gel. Use an airtight container. Keep in mind it’ll last for longer in the freezer than in the fridge.

What are the potential benefits and downsides of sea moss? I’ll explore this hyped algae in the rest of my article.

How Do I Store My Sea Moss Gel?

Once you’ve made your sea moss gel, put it in an airtight container. Put the sea moss gel in either the fridge or the freezer.

Sea moss gel is perishable and will go bad if you keep it in a room-temperature environment.

Your sea moss gel will stay good in the fridge for up to a month. If you put it in the freezer, it can last you up to 3 months.

Alternatively, you can freeze cubes of sea moss gel in an ice cube tray. Cubes of sea gel will be easier to put into your smoothies, soups, or puddings.

Just make sure to measure out the right amount for your daily use in each cube.

How Do I Store Raw Sea Moss?

You can store dry, raw sea moss in your pantry. It should last you up to a year.

How Do I Make Sea Moss Gel?

Here are the easy steps to making sea moss gel:

  • Clean your sea moss well. Use filtered, alkaline, or purified water and massage it into the sea moss. Drain well. Cleaning it twice will help get rid of any dirt particles. Don’t use tap water.
  • Soak your sea moss for 12-24 hours in fresh filtered, alkaline, or purified water. Use a covered container and keep it at room temperature.
  • Remove the soaked sea moss from the liquid and keep it on a separate plate. If your soaking liquid has a lot of visible debris, or it’s cloudy, throw it out and use some fresh water to make your gel. If not, go ahead and use the soaking liquid from the sea moss. The soaking infuses a lot of nutrients into the liquid.
  • Add one cup of your water or soaking liquid and your sea moss to a high-powered blender. You can add more liquid as you blend, depending on how thick you want your gel to be.
  • Blend for 1-3 minutes, or until smooth.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. The gel should thicken after about two hours.

Here’s a video on how to make sea moss gel.

What is Sea Moss?

Sea moss isn’t technically a moss. The most popular forms of sea moss are actually algae.

While you can also find Genus Gracilaria and Eucheuma Cottonii under the label sea moss, the most common is Chondrus Crispus, or Irish sea moss.

Chondrus Crispus is a form of red algae. It grows mainly on the Atlantic coastlines of Caribbean Islands, North America, and Europe.

While it’s exploded onto the health market more recently, use of Irish sea moss for food and medicine goes back generations.

Potential Benefits of Sea Moss Consumption

Many health-conscious people have latched onto sea moss as a miracle food and cure-all.

Studies have not been able to verify all claims, but its true Irish sea moss may have a few nutritional benefits.

Carrageenan

Irish sea moss is one of the few natural sources of carrageenan. This is a type of fiber that helps you digest slower than normal.

It’s also popular as a vegan gelatin substitute.

As a rich source of carrageenan, sea moss might aid in your weight loss plan. As always, ask a doctor before adding it into your routine.

Prebiotic Properties

Though not all studies used commercially available sea moss, results in animal testing look promising in terms of using sea moss as a prebiotic.

Sea moss can boost and feed the healthy bacteria in your digestive system.

Experts report this helps not just in your digestion but can boost your immune system, too.

It’s Nutrient-Rich

You can find all these essential vitamins and minerals in sea moss:

  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate)

Potential Downsides of Sea Moss Consumption

While many tout sea moss as a superfood and miracle cure, the truth is experts have not conducted enough studies on it to verify these claims.

Most agree that sea moss and sea moss gels are probably fine in limited amounts as supplemental nutrition.

However, there are some associated risks, especially if you consume too much.

We also don’t completely know how sea moss might interact with other medications or supplements, or how much of its nutrient value gets absorbed into the bloodstream.

It’s best to talk with your doctor before starting any new supplement.

Here are some potential downsides of eating sea moss.

Too Much Iodine

Iodine is necessary for regular body functions, especially when it comes to the thyroid. It’s also a nutrient our bodies can’t produce naturally.

Most sea moss is rich in iodine since it grows in the salt-rich Atlantic Ocean.

However, eating too much iodine can result in a lot of health issues.

Some side effects of consuming too much iodine include:

  • Metallic taste
  • Soreness in the teeth and gums
  • Thyroid function problems
  • Burning in the mouth and the throat
  • Stomach upset

Experts recommend limiting your sea moss or sea moss gel intake to 1-2 tablespoons, or 4 to 8 grams, a day.

The right amount can help boost thyroid hormones in those with hypothyroidism.

If you have concerns about how sea moss gel might affect your thyroid function, ask your doctor before taking any.

Too Much Vitamin K

Like iodine, Vitamin K is necessary for everyday function, specifically proper blood clotting.

Sea moss is also rich in Vitamin K.

While there are many benefits, the nutrient can also interact negatively with certain medications, including blood thinners.

If you’re on a blood thinner, you might want to avoid sea moss.

 Heavy Metals

Those who collect sea moss often do it out in wild tropical waters.

There are a few farmers cultivating sea moss in either the ocean or pools.

While the wild stuff is reportedly more nutrient-dense, it comes with a higher likelihood of heavy metal contamination.

Your sea moss may have been growing on a clean, healthy shoreline, but it was just as likely next to a source of industrial runoff. It might have arsenic, cadmium, mercury, or lead in it.

The same has been true of other seaweeds for years.

It’s important not to consume too much sea moss. Keeping to safe levels will reduce the risk of heavy metal poisoning.

Also, make sure you’re buying your sea moss from a reputable source. Look into who grows and harvests it, and where.

Conclusion

Making sea moss gel at home can be an economical way of enjoying the algae’s benefits.

Once you’ve made it, you can store it either in the fridge or in the freezer. Keep in mind that it’ll keep for longer in the freezer than in the fridge.

While sea moss has many potential health benefits, eating too much of it can result in health problems or medication interactions.

Depending on who harvested it and where there may also be heavy metals in it.

Talk with your doctor before adding sea moss to your diet or supplement routine.

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