Overview

Iceland moss is a lichen. Lichens are made of algae and fungus growing together. Lichens draw their nutrients from the environment and are easily contaminated. They grow well in Iceland because it is one of the least polluted countries in the world.

Iceland moss is used for treating irritation of the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, common cold, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Iceland moss seems to have a soothing action. It might also reduce the growth of bacteria.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Iceland moss for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Iceland moss is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken short-term. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in large amounts for a long time, because the dried plant can be contaminated with lead.

Iceland moss is regulated in the United States, and is allowed only as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Iceland moss is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken short-term. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in large amounts for a long time, because the dried plant can be contaminated with lead.

Iceland moss is regulated in the United States, and is allowed only as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take Iceland moss when pregnant or breast-feeding. Iceland moss can be contaminated with lead, and this can be harmful to the mother and baby.

Ulcers in the stomach or small intestine: Iceland moss can irritate the lining of the digestive tract. Don't take it if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for ICELAND MOSS overview.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Iceland moss depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Iceland moss. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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