Most people know that one disadvantage of being a vegan is not obtaining Vitamin B12 from your diet. Most people don’t realize that this same problem exists with collagen, which is also important to human health.
However, Markus Rothkranz has discovered a vegan source of dietary collagen, Irish Moss. It’s not moss, but a sea weed. Therefore, making this available to vegans is a health service. He does describe the benefits of collagen for healthy hair and skin. But it does a lot more besides that. The species name is Chondrus Crispus. It looks sort of like rubberized spaghetti.
As a food thickener, it’s a gelatin. You can use it to make vegan ricotta cheese. However, the whole Irish Moss does not have that problem.
Collagen supports your skin. It thins with age, which is why you get wrinkles. People even pay doctors to inject their skin with fake collagen or collagen derived from animal sources. The Irish Moss also contains mucilagen, which soothes your digestive tract. That makes it good for people with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease, or who have had a gall bladder removed, benefit from the mucilagen. It’s not only high in protein, it’s high in iodine and sulfur, both highly beneficial substances most people don’t get enough of from the food they eat. Iodine deficiencies gives people thyroid problems. Improving thyroid gland health can help people lose weight. Sulfur is also good for your skin. Plus, it lowers inflammation, especially of your joints, so it relieves arthritis.
The potassium in Irish Moss is good at relieving sagging skin and even fibromyalgia in women. It contains selenium, another vital mineral that many people don’t eat enough of.
It comes from the ocean, so it must be thoroughly washed and soaked in water before you can use and eat it. After it’s totally washed so it’s clean and free of salt, put a bunch into a blender, liquify it, then put it into the refrigerator. After an hour, it’s turns into a gelatin substance you can add to your smoothies or turn into delicious desserts.