Capsule vs. Gel: How To Make Sea Moss Fit Your Lifestyle
Health is a huge priority for a lot of us, but in between trying to balance home life, work life, and social life it can easily be put on the back burner.
Sea moss is quickly becoming the all-in-one go-to supplement. With 92 out of the 102 vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants our bodies need, sea moss covers nearly all of the bases.
There are just as many ways to take sea moss as there are possible lifestyles you may lead.
Whether you are someone who loves to treat yourself with smoothies and desserts or someone who may not always have the time for that extra bit of self-care, sea moss can help you thrive.
Read on to learn more about how Happy Fox Health sea moss can fit your daily life.
What is Sea Moss?
More often than not, sea moss refers to red algae commonly known as Irish moss or scientifically known as Chondrus crispus.
The algae can usually be found in the rocky inlets and tide pools along northern Atlantic coastlines.
With Irish moss, in particular, the color may differ depending on how the moss was prepared. Post-harvest, sea moss is either sun-dried or shade-dried.
Sun-dried moss has a beautiful golden color that is the result of the sun’s natural bleaching effects. Shade-dried moss, on the other hand, keeps more of its natural coloring and is a rich purple color.
The process of shade-drying makes it so that the dried sea moss retains its full phytonutrients.
Although purple sea moss has this clear advantage, both varieties are incredibly nutritious and can be used to treat a variety of issues and ailments.
Sea Moss Benefits
Sea moss in all of its forms and colors has a multitude of health benefits.
From head to toe, internal to external, sea moss provides well-rounded support in the following areas:
- Thyroid Health: Particularly helpful for those with hypothyroidism, sea moss contains iodine, selenium, and zinc—all minerals necessary for thyroid hormone production.
- Skin, Hair, and Nails: Because of its vitamin C, collagen, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, sea moss intake or external application helps strengthen hair and nails, treats acne, and prevents dull or aging skin.
- Gut Health: Sea moss is a good prebiotic source. Prebiotics feed the “good” bacteria in the digestive tract, which create a domino effect of improved health conditions throughout the body and mind.
- Immunity: Connected to improved gut health, an increased amount of “good” bacteria helps push out the “bad” and creates more antibodies to prevent and fight illnesses faster.
- Reproductive Health: Many nutrients found in sea moss have popped up in recent fertility studies as possible routes for supplementation to support reproductive health from sperm motility to increasing the likelihood of successful IVF treatments.
- Blood Sugar Management: Other studies have reported that a couple of components naturally found in algae may reduce high blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar spikes.
- Heart Health: Properties in certain sea algae work as blood-thinners, lower LDL levels (the bad cholesterol), and are antitumor. Additionally, a healthy gut microbiome can raise HDL levels (the good cholesterol).
Sea Moss Gel vs. Capsules
Now with all of the sea moss supplement options out there, you may be wondering what the best method to take is.
That all depends on how you want it to fit into your lifestyle. The health benefits are there no matter the form, and there are advantages to both sea moss gel and sea moss capsules.
Sea Moss Gel
Making sea moss gel is pretty straightforward, and you can find the step-by-step instructions and a video on our blog.
As a quick summary, you clean the dried sea moss under water to remove any dirt or sand, allow it to soak in fresh water for a few hours, blend with fresh water until smooth, and et voila! You have sea moss gel.
Gelled, it has a shelf-life of up to two weeks when refrigerated in an airtight container and up to four months when frozen.
For added ease, pre-portion the recommended serving amount (one tablespoon) in ice-cube trays to pop into your recipe when ready.
Sea moss gel is the ideal form for those who enjoy savoring the moment or taking the extra time to make food or drinks at home.
It is also a better option in the following situations:
- as a thickener in soups or sauces
- as a face mask
- as an alternative for those who have difficulty swallowing pills
Sea moss has a mild taste, so it works in nearly any drink or dish.
Sea Moss Capsules
Making capsules is also pretty simple. The ingredients are washed, dried, ground into a powder, then encapsulated.
Capsule supplements are a great option for the busy go-getter who prefers convenience. Capsules typically also have a longer shelf-life and require less planning.
Outside of those who may not have the time to budget for extra food prep, capsules are also a convenient option for the following reasons:
- Capsules have the same potency as a larger amount of gel.
- You are guaranteed to have the same amount every time. Whereas, with sea moss gel, there is usually some variation in amounts depending on how it is consumed.
- There are more options in terms of nutrient blends. For example, we have three encapsulated sea moss supplement options with distinct health targets.
Most of the time, it is best to take supplements (capsule or gel) with some kind of fat to help with nutrient absorption and to prevent an upset stomach.
There are clear benefits to taking sea moss whether it be in capsule or gel form.
Those interested in capsules should try our expertly curated supplements.
Find what form of sea moss best fits your life with Happy Fox Health and bring back the balance you seek.