Why I stop adding fruit and sugar to my Sea Moss.
The human body has five categories of taste receptors (taste buds). All are utilized to send signals to the brain and to stimulate chemical reactions in the body. Taste receptors are located throughout the body; not just on the tongue. They taste receptors categories are sweet salty sour better and uMami (savory). They are located on the tongue, the heart, the digestive tract, and in men on the testes (umami; to assist with fertility. Another conversation for another day).
Sea moss has 92 of 102 mineral content and the dominant taste of sea moss is salty. One of the prime medicinal functions of sea moss is dissolving mucus (catarrh) from the body. The potassium chloride content is able to systemically dissolve mucus. This mechanism takes place by stimulating the salty taste receptors throughout the body. The locations of the salty receptors in particular are the kidneys (high blood pressure), the bladder (water retention), the lungs (shallow breathing/asthmatic symptoms), the colon (old feces stuck to the walls of the colon; mucoid plaque), and the sweat (hypertension, Anihydrosis) and saliva (dry mouth; post nasal drip) glands. It is important to taste the salt content of the sea moss to allow the potassium chloride to dissolve mucus.
In comparison to whenever we go to the beach and the salt content in the ocean water tends to give us better breathing; almost like a nebulizing effect. The nebulizer (sodium chloride ;ocean water) is effective in opening the breathing airways via inhalation (while potassium chloride works via taste receptors) of salt water by thinning out any excess mucus in the respiratory tract.
Sea moss in taste is not the most appetizing; which is why a lot of the medicinal gel forms of sea moss is mixed with more pleasant tasting food items (fruit, honey, sweet potato pie 😂).
The issue is when we don’t taste the salinity or the saltiness of the sea moss it’s possible to cancel or slow the medicinal effects of dissolving mucus. There is one other option to consume sea moss to get the medicinal properties from it outside of just taking two tablespoonfuls orally ( 👈🏽only gangsters can do that; I’ll admit- I AM not a gangster in this sense 😂). The other option is adding it to a cup of lukewarm herbal tea without any sweetener. In this case it allows the sea moss to be a catalyst (increase the potency) for the health benefits of the herbal tea and still activate its mucus dissolving properties.
In conclusion, you do not want to interfere with the effects of the salty-tasting potassium chloride by blocking or over powering the salty taste receptors with sugar.
The carbon molecule in sugar can interfere with the acidity of ionic chloride in the potassium chloride; hence no anti-catarrhal properties.