If you've been doing any research on this wonderful red algae, you've likely come across the claim that Sea Moss helps to dissolve excess mucus from the body. Some even go as far as to say, it dissolves all the mucus.....I don't ascribe to this line of thought.
From the medical research I've done, the body needs a certain amount of mucus to function. Mucus helps the body in two ways—first, it creates a layer of protection that acts as a selective barrier or lubricant allowing us to live alongside harmful microbes.
Second, when harmful microbes do break through the protective layer of mucus and enter our body—mucus clings to them and it is expelled as phlegm.
Now that we've established some basics, back to the reason you're here!
Does Sea Moss dissolve Mucus?
The short answer...YES!
Consistent supplication of Sea Moss (also known as Irish Moss), or even on the specific occasion when you have excess mucus buildup (cold or flu), it definitely helps to dissolve phlegm.
Now let's get into the why and how. First, we need to understand the makeup of this powerful algae.
It's packed with 92 minerals (our body needs a total of 102), 13 vitamins, antioxidants, Omega fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber.
Out of the aforementioned, three ingredients in the natural makeup of Sea Moss—Omega 3, Chlorophyll and Potassium Chloride are known to help dissolve mucus. They can act as natural decongestants to soothe the bronchial system.
Further more, a study conducted in 2010 classified Sea Moss as a "Demulcent".
Demulcent herbs soothe and protect irritated or inflamed tissue. They are rich in carbohydrate mucilage made up of complex polysaccharide molecules. Thus, they become slimy and gummy when they come in contact with water. This physical property has an immediate action on the lining of the intestines and lungs, where it soothes and reduces irritation by direct contact (Romm, 2010).
So, in addition to Sea Moss' ability to help dissolve mucus—it soothes the lungs.
This is great news for anyone suffering from asthma, bronchitis, sore throat or even those who smoke—regular consumption of Sea Moss capsules can definitely help.
I would delve deeper into its effect on the digestive system, but that's for another blog post 😉.
I hope this article answered some of the many questions surrounding Sea Moss, feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments below. I'll do my best to answer them quickly and thoroughly.
Also, stay tuned to our blog as I'll write more about each benefit of Sea Moss, and like always...back it up by science!