Is eating seaweed safe? The first recorded is Central Americans some 14,000 years ago. Egyptians were using seaweed to reduce swellings. The Celts in Europe ate seaweed. The Japanese, Chinese and Koreans have eaten seaweed for 4,000 years. The Aboriginals in Australia have stories going back since the Dreamtime.
Is it ok to eat Pacific Sea Moss and is it safe?
What precautions do you need to take?
- Be particular about the species of seaweed you eat.
- In today’s polluted seas make sure that the levels of heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium) are not in the waters that the seaweed is grown in (We monitor carefully all our growing areas).
- Use modern technology to ensure the seaweed is free from bacteria and that you have full traceability and monitor the process from paddock to plate.
We recommend to use BioSea Health Seaweed supplement tablets because of all the seaweed we process is controlled, managed, tested it to make sure our seaweeds have no acquired metal elements, and we make sure it has no spoilage. We processed it according to best HACCP practice. In supplement tablets, you don’t need to cook and prepare it. The supplement tablet gives you convenience. You can bring it anywhere and whenever you want it.
Arguments that Carrageenan is not safe
There is some commentary that carrageenan is not safe. When carrageenan is processed with acid, it creates a substance called degraded carrageenan, or poligeenan, which carries significant health warnings. Poligeenan is an inflammatory substance. Researchers often use it to test new anti-inflammatory drugs in the laboratory. Poligeenan is not approved as a food additive. When we eat carrageenan it will pass through the stomach and the stomach has acid. Anecdotal evidence suggests that eliminating carrageenan from the diet can provide relief from digestive problems, such as bloating and IBD. These reports are not the result of scientific research and animal studies have demonstrated seaweed may reduce IBS.
Research Reviews stating Carrageenan is Safe
The Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) have recommended a group allowable daily intake (ADI) of “not specified”. The lack of carcinogenic, genotoxic, or tumor-promoting activity with carrageenan strongly supports continuing such an ADI, and JECFA, during its most recent review in 2001, continued this recommendation.
WebMD came to the conclusion that carrageenan in likely safe for most people when taken by mouth in food amounts.
Fresh Pacific Sea Moss is eaten by locals in Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Irish Sea moss has been eaten by the Irish for centuries.
We make no medical claims. But we all understand seaweed is healthy. What you may not know is that peer-reviewed scientific papers have shown in countless studies on humans, animals and in test tubes that seaweed is healthy. BioSea Health provides seaweed as a simple way to consume food. Simply good healthy food.
Monica Reginagel 2015. The Carrageenan controversy. Scientific American
Cohen, SM Ito, NA critical review of the toxicological effects of carrageenan and processed eucheuma seaweed on the gastrointestinal tract. Crit Rev Toxicol. 2002 Sep;32(5):413-44.DOI 10.1080/20024091064282 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12389870
Carrageenan: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Side Effects WebMD