The human body as we understand it is comprised of 102 minerals. Of those, Sea Moss is believed to contain 92 of them (can vary depending on species, environment, and harvesting factors).
These vitamins and minerals are naturally occurring in a plant based form, making them more easily assimilated into the body without any manufacturing or processing required.
Some of the vitamins, trace minerals, chemicals, and elements typically found in Sea Moss include (but are not limited to):
Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Iodine, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Selenium, and Vitamins A, B, C, and E
Other notable nutrients of note include taurine, chlorophyll, insoluble fibers in the form of polysaccharides, and a vegan source of collagen.
Below we'll dive into all the benefits these nutrients possess and how it can help your quality of life. You might notice that many benefits are interrelated, and the underlying nutrients that drive these benefits have several functions... but that's the point!
The body is an intelligent system that can synthesize the naturally occuring foods we have at our disposable to not only feed us, but to heal us. The words of Greek physician Hippocrates said over 2,000 years ago still rings true today:
"Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food"
Table of Contents
1. Heart Health
Sea Moss contains many nutrients that support heart health such as folic acid, potassium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Taurine, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These nutrients are known to:
Improve blood circulation and blood vessel strength, which helps to control and regulate blood pressure
Reduce build up of bad cholesterol that results in clogged blood vessels
Have strong antioxidant properties that fight free radicals in the body (excess free radicals damage cells in the body through a process called oxidation, which causes disease and aging)
Taurine is an amino acid that has antioxidant properties and is known to help lower blood pressure and promotes the digestion and absorption of nutrients .
Inflammation & Congestion
The Chlorophyll, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Potassium present in Sea Moss plays a role in breaking down and flushing out mucus build up that can cause congestion.
The anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the respiratory and digestive tracts, as well as the lymphatic system, which is known as your body's "sewage system".
The lymphatic system produces antibodies that protect your body from infection and disease , further preventing inflammatory responses.
Sea Moss detoxifies the blood and controlling free-radical damage .
Helps to regulate blood sugar levels , particularly useful for diabetics or pre-diabetics.
Healthy iron levels has shown to prevent blood clotting . It's important to note that in order for your body to absorb iron, you need to have a sufficient intake of Vitamin C as well.
Manganese also helps with blood clotting and blood sugar regulation .
Sea Moss contains selenium, which studies show may reduce the potential of mental health issues and depression .
Contains potassium, known as a natural antidepressant
Potassium also helps regulate serotonin (the happiness hormone) levels and reduces fatigue, pain, muscle weakness, and cramps 
Interestingly, our bodies can't store or produce its own potassium, so we have to make sure we get enough through our diet
Studies have shown that dietary fibers contained in Seaweeds such as Sea Moss can alter gut bacteria composition and promote mental health .
On top of the vitamins and minerals Sea Moss contains to support your immune system, it also contains antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and probiotic properties.
Probiotic properties support good gut health, which strengthens the immune system
Its' anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties help with illness, infection, and inflammation that can occur in the body for any multitude of reasons
Sea Moss is rich in Polysaccharides (a type of carbohydrate), an insoluble fiber that helps manage cholesterol 
Polysaccharides support the immune system and assist with containing tumor growth 
The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system that is responsible for producing, storing, and releasing hormones into the bloodstream.
The thyroid supports healthy functioning of the digestive system, heart, cholesterol levels, brain, hormone balance, bones, muscle control, reproductive organs, nervous system, and your metabolism (aka Basal Metabolic Rate). Benefits of a healthy functioning thyroid include:
Development of unborn children
Preventing hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid) which can lead to autoimmune diseases
Since most thyroid problems come from an iodine deficiency, the naturally occurring iodine in sea moss presents a simple, wholefood method of supporting your thyroid gland .
Keep in mind that since seaweed is a natural source of iodine, levels are not consistent and may fluctuate from plant to plant. Selenium also supports healthy thyroid function by converting one type of thyroid hormone into another as needed.
If you take pharmaceutical thyroid medication, consult with your doctor/dietician as this could conflict with Sea Moss's natural properties. Iodine is one of those nutrients that could cause problems in the long-term if one consumes too much or too little of it .
Gut Health & Digestion
Sea Moss aids digestion and gut health by filling the intestines with probiotics. The gelatinous texture of the Sea Moss gel has a slight laxative effect and helps to cleanse the bowel of any undigested/fermented substances .
The anti-inflammatory properties reduce discomfort and support gut health. This can help anyone suffering with constipation, indigestion, leaky gut, and ulcers.
Sea Moss can also be great for detoxing as the fiber from the polysaccharides helps the digestive system flush out toxins and heavy metals . The antibacterial properties remove bad bacteria and promote the build up of good gut bacteria.
Libido refers to a person's sexual drive and is affected by hormones and brain function. The zinc present in Sea Moss is important for a healthy reproductive system  and also boosts testosterone . Selenium  and Iodine  assist in healthy thyroid function which helps libido function.
If you're a man struggling with sex drive, consuming libido-increasing foods such as Sea Moss can fill your body with the proper nutrients to increase your sex drive and remove excess mucus that can hamper absorption of these minerals.
Although this may help with impotency, it is only part of the solution and you must strive to also cleanse the body of other impurities to get to the root of the issue. Impurities can accumulate in the body through poor diet, lack of physical activity, and stress.
Studies show that Sea Moss seems to be a safe bet as a natural aphrodisiac that can enhance libido .
While selenium and iodine are important for thyroid health, zinc and folic acid are important to be consuming, especially for women.
Folic Acid, Selenium, and Iodine  are important to consume before, during, and after pregnancy. A thyroid hormone imbalance can lead to menstrual problems and fertility issues.
The metabolism is the body's process of breaking down nutrients present in foods and turning them into energy for the body's cells. After distributing all of the absorbed nutrients, it converts the rest into waste.
Healthy iodine levels have been shown to offer a natural form of regulating metabolism and hormones 
Taurine promotes the breakdown, digestion, and absorbption of nutrients 
Manganese helps fat and carbohydrate metabolism 
Appetite Control/Weight Loss
Seaweeds have a naturally occurring carotenoid called Fucoxanthin that prevents fatty tissue growth and combats obesity. This is something that is currently being researched, but the results so far look promising .
The high mineral content in Sea Moss nourishes the body, making it a natural appetite suppressant.
Weight loss is mostly predicated on lower caloric intake, so eating more foods that are high in minerals instead of empty calories (such as processed foods, trans fat, and sugary foods/drinks) is key.
Another benefit of a properly functioning metabolism is improved energy, as there is less strain on the body's digestive tract and good gut bacteria has been shown to improve your abilty to absorb energy from the digested foods .
Hair, Skin, & Nail Health
Sea Moss gel can be a very effective part of a skincare routine. The skin is actually our body's largest organ and feeding it a mineral rich substance such as Sea Moss nourishes and hydrates the skin to help with conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburns, and dermatitis.
Sea Moss is a drawing agent in that it flushes out toxins and replenishes it with good minerals. This is where the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties help to naturally heal the skin. Some ways to use our Sea Moss Gel:
Add a few drops of essential oil and use as a facemask. As a natural collagen, it helps with moisture retention
Take a bath with generous amounts of Sea Moss gel added along with your preferred essential oils
Apply directly to dry hair, or use as a conditioner after shampooing
The fucoidan (a polysaccharide) found in seaweeds may help to prevent hair loss/thinning 
Post Workout Recovery
The anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties of Sea Moss help with recovery, making it a great addition to your post-workout protein shake ! Furthermore, the collagen proteins help to:
Repair and fortify the connective tissues that were strained during your physical activity
Protects and lubricates the joints
Replaces the minerals your body may have lost while sweating.
This article is meant to provide a reference to having a better understanding of the amazing natural benefits of Sea Moss. We recommend you seek advice from your doctor, dietitian, or functional medicine practitioner before making any diet changes as they can give you more personalized advice. For simple ways to incorporate Sea Moss into your daily life, check out our Sea Moss Recipes article!