Irish Moss is a rich source of nutrients, particularly minerals and antioxidants. This almost-tasteless red seaweed is reportedly loaded with life-enhancing nutrients such as sulphur compounds, protein, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, B-vitamins and vitamin C. The healing benefits of Irish Moss appear abundant. As a soothing aid to all mucous membranes, Irish Moss is said to ease ailments such as gastritis, nausea, indigestion, constipation, as well as ulcers. Irish Moss also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anticoagulant activities. Used topically, it may help soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns. However it is mostly known for its ability to abate the symptoms of colds and flu, dissolve catharrs and chesty coughs, as well as soothe bronchitis and pneumonia thanks to its anti-coughing properties.