Sea moss has become a must-have dietary item for people around the world. However, there are a number of companies that are selling fake products or mislabeling it to cash in on its popularity.

All sea moss is a form of seaweed. It comes in a variety of colors and there are dozens of species of sea moss. It’s easy to identify fake sea moss for those with experience with the ocean’s bounty. For those new to the product, here are some things to consider when buying sea moss.

Gracilaria and Chondrus Crispus

Gracilaria is the type of sea moss that grows in the warm waters of Jamaica. Many companies are marketing Chondrus Crispus as “true” sea moss, as it grows in cooler waters around Ireland. However, Chondrus Crispus can also be found off the coast of Canada, the U.S. and Japan, and has even been found off the coast of California.

Farmed vs. Wild Crafted

Jamaican sea moss is completely wild crafted. It’s hand-gathered straight from the ocean in its natural state. It’s a labor-intensive process, with no guarantee of how much will be harvested at any particular time. Wild crafted sea moss contains 92 of the 102 essential vitamins and minerals the body needs.

A number of companies farm sea moss in ponds or tanks, marketing it as “natural” sea moss. Even with machines that simulate the motion of the ocean, sea moss grown in ponds don’t benefit from the motion of the water and are unable to absorb as much of the natural nutrients from the water that gives the sea weed it’s health benefits.


Real sea moss has thin stems, isn’t overly salty, and the strands aren’t uniform in length. It will be thicker in some areas than others. There are also slight differences in coloration. True sea moss colors can be changed by sun bleaching and not with the use of chemicals.

Fake sea moss has thicker stems and tends to be quite salty. When packaged, fake sea moss will often contain salt grains that look more like rock salt or processed table salt. Fake sea moss is typically very uniform in color, length, and has a white appearance through artificial bleaching methods.

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