Does Irish Sea Moss Remove, Clear Mucus?

Sea moss, known as Irish moss, is a superfood with many nutritional and medicinal benefits; among those is its mucilaginous properties, and its ability to remove mucus. Tropical and subtropical zones are known to have plants that harbor readily releasable mucilage in their tissues. They are especially prevalent in legumes and seaweed. 

Mucilaginous herbs derive their properties from the polysaccharides they contain, that swell in water, producing a gel-like mass. It has a beneficial effect on burns, wounds, ulcers, external and internal inflammation and irritations, diarrhea, and dysentery. One of the significant benefits of sea moss, also touted by the late Dr. Sebi, is the expulsion of mucus from the body. 

In this article, we would explore the powerful benefits that the mucilage and other constituents of sea moss have on the body, especially its ability to remove mucus.

Expels mucus from the respiratory tract

Sea moss contains mucilage, a sticky mixture of sugars, that can soothe or coat the throat in case of a cough or cold. At the same time, demulcents (herbs rich in mucilage) help thin and liquify mucus, which has an expectorant (removal of excess mucus) effect. Thinning mucus makes it easier for your body to expel it more effectively and efficiently. Demulcents are also often used in cough medications.

Sea moss also contains potassium iodide, an expectorant, known for thinning mucus and loosening congestion in your clogged respiratory tract. Potassium Iodide is used in people with chronic breathing problems complicated by excess mucus in the airways, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema.

How to use: Take 1-2 Tbsps of sea moss gel daily. You may also take it at the first sign of any discomfort.

It aids digestion

Mucilage also has the potential to treat a wide range of digestive disorders, including constipation, ulcers, acid reflux, and abdominal colic. They act as demulcents that soothe and protect irritated or inflamed inner tissue. Demulcents are sometimes referred to as mucoprotective agents. It relieves inflammation and pain of the mucus membrane or raw areas of the stomach and intestines by forming a protective film, thereby giving it time to heal.

It coats the lining of the esophagus and may help prevent the inflammation and irritation that happens when stomach acid flows up the esophagus.

Sea moss also contains carrageenans, agars, and fucoidans, that act as prebiotics. Prebiotics are the non-digestible fiber that feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. According to some studies done on animals, sea moss may have a prebiotic effect during digestion. This effect means that it supports the probiotic growth of your gut bacteria, gets rid of harmful bacteria in the gut, and enhances digestion, metabolism, and immunity.

How to use: Take 1-2 Tbsps of sea moss gel daily. You may also take it at the first sign of any discomfort.

It may soothe wounds and burns.

Because of sea moss mucilage, it is used by many to soothe skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, wounds, and burns. Although researchers have not yet studied the effects of sea moss on wounds, plant mucilage has very similar results. A 2015 study indicated that the mucilage in quince seed significantly accelerated wound healing. 

Furthermore, another study found citrulline-arginine, a compound found in Irish moss, can improve cell growth. The same compound also releases amino acids that are necessary for protein and collagen synthesis. Collagen, according to a 2019 study, is useful in wound closure. It helps migrate numerous types of cells, including fibroblasts and keratinocytes, to the wound, which plays a significant role in accelerating the wound healing process.


Sea moss or Irish moss is an active agent in thinning and eliminating mucus from your body. It also has many other benefits, including digestive health and its ability to accelerate wounds and burns healing.

For these reasons, sea moss is a beneficial supplement to add to your diet and wellness routine. It contains phytochemicals and nutrients that virtually everyone can benefit from.


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