Is It Better To Take Sea Moss at Night Or In The Morning?
Last updated on October 12, 2022
If you’re new to sea moss, you may be lost among the numerous ways to use it. This highly versatile seaweed can be taken raw, in gel, capsules, or powder. It can be added to foods, drinks, or even used on the skin, hair, or nails.
But is there a best time of the day to take sea moss? Should you eat it in the morning or the evening?
Besides what you may read online, sea moss can be consumed at any time of the day. Some people prefer taking it on an empty stomach before breakfast, while others drink it right before bed. So, let’s find out the pros and cons of each practice.
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What is Sea Moss?
Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, Jamaican moss, or Chondrus Crispus, is a type of seaweed that naturally grows along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean.
In the United States, carrageenan extracted from sea moss has long been used in the food industry as a thickener or vegan gelatin. But the Irish and Caribbean people have used sea moss as a health and wellness supplement for centuries.
Why take sea moss?
Seaweeds are packed with healthy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals essential for our body. While you probably have already heard of similar edible sea vegetables like Kelp, Nori, Wakame, Kombu, or Sea Lettuce, Irish moss’s use for health and wellness purposes is relatively new in North America.
Recent discoveries about sea moss’s natural compounds have tipped the scales in its favor. With more than 92 minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy nutrients, it is considered one the best superfoods just like avocados, berries, nuts and seeds, ancient grains, Kombucha, or green tea.
This highly nutritious alga is currently in the spotlight and studied for numerous medical purposes. Among other things, sea moss is believed to play an important role in preventing and treating chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, lung problems, some sorts of cancer, hypothyroidism, and many others.
Aficionados also use sea moss to boost the immune system, promote fertility and sexual life, enhance skin or hair appearance, treat allergies, lose weight, improve gut health, and more.
Taking as little as 1 or 2 tablespoons of sea moss daily is enough to provide your body with rare and valuable nutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, iodine, vitamin B12, and no less than … 86 others!
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How to take sea moss?
Sea moss products come in a wide range of different forms including raw dehydrated alga, gelatinous gel, capsules, or powder. While any of these work great, the most common and efficient way to consume sea moss is to add gel to foods or drinks or to take sea moss capsules.
Understand that Irish moss is a potent natural ingredient. You don’t need much to benefit from its properties. Quite the opposite, consuming too much sea moss could be dangerous.
When is the Best Time to Take Sea Moss?
Whether you should take sea moss at night or in the morning is quite controversial among experts. While some claim that sea moss should be taken on an empty stomach, others believe it’s best to take it before bed.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. The most important is that you find the time that works best for you.
Pros and cons of taking sea moss in the morning
Popular advice is to take sea moss first thing in the morning before breakfast. It’s mostly justified by the belief that nutrients are better and faster absorbed on an empty stomach. But while it’s true for water-soluble minerals and vitamins like iron or folate, for example, fat-soluble ones like vitamin A or K are best absorbed on a full stomach.
Sea moss contains a combination of 92 minerals and vitamins. Some of them are water-soluble and others fat-soluble. In that regard, the widespread belief that sea moss is best taken on an empty stomach does not make much sense.
However, if you’re taking sea moss for energy-boosting purposes like many users, it does make sense to take it in the morning, so you'll benefit from it throughout the entire day. It does not have to be on an empty stomach though. Most people add Irish Sea Moss Gel to their morning smoothies for example.
Pros and cons of taking sea moss at night
The high content of omega-3, magnesium, and potassium found in sea moss can help improve relaxation and sleep quality, as well as promote better digestion. Hence, many regular consumers prefer using sea moss at night before bed.
Sea moss may also have a mild laxative effect on some people, especially first-time users. In that case, prefer taking sea moss in the evening when you’re comfortably at home.
Ultimately, the best time to take sea moss is whenever it works best for you. So, we can only recommend you try it for yourself!
Sea Moss At Night Vs. In the Morning: FAQ
Can you take sea moss on an empty stomach?
Absolutely. You can take sea moss on an empty stomach. As we've said above, a popular belief is that taking sea moss on an empty stomach speeds up and improves the nutrients' absorption process. It’s not necessarily true and it depends on the solubility of each nutrient (water-soluble or fat-soluble). But there’s no problem with taking sea moss on an empty stomach.
Many people who use sea moss for weight loss purposes find that taking it before a meal helps reduce appetite. That’s mostly because Irish moss contains a lot of fibers that make you feel full faster and longer.
However, if you’re beginning with sea moss, we recommend you take it with food at first. Irish moss’s common side effects may include mild bower disturbances which are considerably reduced if taken on a full stomach. Once your body starts adapting, the unpleasant gastrointestinal effects should quickly disappear.
Can you drink sea moss before bed?
Chondrus crispus contains high levels of sleep-aiding and stress-reducing minerals like omega-3, vitamin D, magnesium, and others. Deficiencies related to these nutrients can be responsible for anxiety issues and sleep disorders.
Breathing difficulties at night are also one of the major causes of sleep issues. If that's your case, sea moss can really help. Its high content of omega-3, chlorophyll, and potassium plays an important role in lung function and greatly improves breathing capacities.
Ultimately, drinking sea moss gel before bed may help you overcome sleep disorders naturally and avoid the strong side effects associated with prescribed sleeping pills.
Can you take sea moss several times a day?
Yes, you can take sea moss several times a day. If you’re taking it for the first time, we recommend you start with one tablespoon once a day only to avoid bowel disturbances and other possible side effects.
But once your body is used to sea moss, you can take it several times a day. Actually, many consumers use sea moss in the morning and the evening.
The most important thing is not to exceed the daily recommendation. Sea moss is natural but very potent. Consuming too much of it could be dangerous. We recommend our customers take 2 tablespoons per day. Some people may need more or less depending on their individual needs.
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How often should you eat sea moss?
How often you should take sea moss depends on your needs and the benefits you’re seeking. Because it brings so many nutrients to your body and has an incredibly wide range of properties, most sea moss users take a small amount every day.
What about you? Do you prefer taking sea moss at night or in the morning? Share your experiences with us below!
Yes, sea moss is generally considered safe for kids. However, you’d have to adjust to dosage. Here’s an helpful article we recently wrote about sea moss for children: https://www.organicsnature.co/blogs/news/sea-moss-for-children-and-babies
Can I give it my grandkids. I have 4 all under 11 years old ?
Sea moss is generally considered safe for diabetics. Here’s an article on the topic you may find interesting: https://www.organicsnature.co/blogs/news/sea-moss-for-diabetes. However, we’re not able to provide you with specific advice regarding possible interferences with aspirin or HBP and osteoporosis conditions, as there is no specific research on these. Therefore, we’d recommend seeking your doctor’s advice before taking sea moss.
I am a diabetic on insulin and metformin , heart patient on aspirin and suffer with HBP and osteoporosis would Sea Moss interfere with the above medication
We’re so happy to hear you’re feeling better thanks to sea moss!
You can use tap water if you have no other choice but I would always prefer spring or filtered water if available. Also, you can store your sea moss gel in other containers than glass jar. However, air tight glass jar have been found to be the best for keeping sea moss gel fresh the longer.