Should You Boil Irish Sea Moss?

By listedfit •  Updated: 11/07/21 •  5 min read

There’s a big mismatch when it comes to the question of ‘should you boil Irish sea moss?‘ or should you just soak it?

Some people passionately say you shouldn’t ever boil it whereas some people say you should.

I decided to investigate the whole ‘should you boil Irish sea moss?’ question in the video below, but first, let’s learn a little bit about sea moss.

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Should You Boil Sea Moss?

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What is Irish Sea Moss?

Irish Sea Moss, also known as Chondrus crispus, is a type of marine red algae which is found around the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain. Traditionally, the Irish Sea people would eat this seaweed as part of their diet. They would dry it out in the sun or by fire before boiling it.

The Benefits of Irish Sea Moss

Irish sea moss contains about 47g of iodine per 100g or 3.5 ounces—which is ten times the amount found in kelp. It also contains over 15 minerals, 12 vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C and E), 18 amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and it’s low in fat.

Some people use Irish sea moss to treat:

– asthma

– bronchitis

– stomach ulcers and indigestion

– heartburn and gas  (if boiled)

It has also been used to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, cure skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, treat anemia—and strengthen the immune system.

Should you Boil Irish Sea Moss?

We recorded a video and tested boiled sea moss vs non-boiled sea moss. Check it out on out YouTube channel.

Why do people say that you shouldn’t boil sea moss?

The belief is that if you boil the sea moss leaves, you are destroying the nutrients inside them. As such, this makes them as useful as paper tissue – all the nutrients have been destroyed. This means it would be no longer healthy for you and not beneficial in any way. Some people say that if you boil sea moss leaves, you should throw away the water after boiling because it is poisonous now.

So is this true? Will boiling Irish sea moss make it as useful as paper tissue? Should you never boil Irish sea moss, even if you intend to make soup, tea or extract the nutrients from it?

This article will try to answer the question of ‘should you boil irish sea moss?

What actually happens when you boil Irish sea moss?

Boiling is certainly known to destroy some vitamins and minerals. For example, boiling green vegetables such as spinach destroys thiamin (vitamin B1), and boiling milk destroys vitamin B12. However, all the good vitamins and minerals will be found in Irish sea moss if you stick to eating dried, raw irish sea moss leaves (which is what most people recommend), not boiled ones.

So why does boiling hurt? You can think of most nutrients as small bricks that need to be built into larger bricks. The body can’t absorb vitamins and minerals unless it is in a certain form – the body needs to be able to attach them to each other. Boiling breaks down “the shape” of many nutrients so that your body can no longer use them.

How long should you boil sea moss?

In my video ‘Should you boil sea moss?’ I boiled the moss for 30-40 minutes (or until it’s soft enough to cut with scissors). I also left the moss in the water once the boiling had finished. Please view the video to see how I got on.

When you boil irish sea moss for 30-40 minutes, excess dirt comes out of the strands which I scooped out and threw out, and it’s ready to eat/use (immediately after boiling). Some people do boil their sea moss overnight (in a slow cooker), but I feel this might be overkill for people just starting out.

I left the moss in the water after boiling, and it soaked up moisture. It’s my belief that keeping the water and not straining the water out is key in this process.

Can you over boil sea moss?

As mentioned some people do advocate using a pressure cooker or a slow cooker overnight to do this. But I think this is unnecesary as some people can’t afford such equipment and boiling it in a pan is just fine. 30–40 minutes I feel is enough to change the structure of the sea moss and make it edible/useful.

Boiling sea moss causes it to become softer like ramen noodles, but overboilin it just turns it a lot more gooey. However this doesn’t mean that you can’t use the sea moss.

So, Should You Boil Irish Sea Moss? Conclusion…

Boiled Irish sea moss shouldn’t be thrown away or be seen as useless. Ensure you do not throw away the water after boiling – a lot of the nutrients will seep into the water and you can still drink this water or make tea with it. You can also eat boiled sea moss if you are going to make soup or any other food that cooks them for longer than just boiling.

Just remember to start with high quality wildcrafted and preferably organic sea moss leaves, and avoid lower quality products that havent been cultivated in the right way.


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