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Irish sea moss, also just called Irish moss or sea moss, is a red algae that people in Jamaica, Ireland, and Scotland have consumed for generations. The food is highly regarded for its purported curative properties, and now that it has caught the attention of celebrities, the whole world is taking notice. Much of what we know about Irish sea moss comes from folklore, as not much research concerning its effects on humans exists. However, growing evidence shows great promise for this sea treasure.

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1. Increase Protein Consumption

Sea vegetables such as Irish sea moss contain unique proteins not found among terrestrial sources. Irish moss is up to 45% protein, significantly higher than other seaweeds. Gram for gram, this food has protein and amino acid content similar to those of beef.

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