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What is the difference between gold, purple and green sea moss?

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

This is unarguably the most common question we let's break it down for you.

The truth is that there has been quite a bit of confusion around this topic, and it’s understandable why. It can be hard to tell the difference between gold, purple and green sea moss at first glance—but there are some key differences you should know before making your purchase.

If you’re a health and wellness enthusiast, you’ve probably heard about sea moss supplements that are all the rage these days. These products promise to help with everything from weight loss to improved digestion and immune function. But what color should I buy?

Sea moss comes in gold, purple, green, and multicolored. Let's begin...

All colors of Sea Moss are high in minerals and nutrients. It contains many beneficial nutrients that our bodies require to stay healthy. These nutrients include many vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and magnesium. It also contains vitamin A, C and E which are antioxidants that protect our bodies from damage from free radicals. In addition, Sea Moss can be used to add flavor to your favorite dishes.


First, we need to talk about Phytonutrients – they help plants grow and stay healthy by protecting them from things like insect attacks and the sun. They're basically a chemical compound. Phytonutrients are incredibly powerful for our health. The antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory activities of these tiny compounds enhances immunity and intercellular communication, which means they can really help us be our best selves.

Why are we talking about Phytonutrients? Because each sea moss contains different types.

Purple sea moss

Purple Phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that promote heart health and longevity, improve memory and brain function, help the liver cleanse toxins from the body, keep your cardiovascular system healthy, and protect against cancer. Other fruits that contain purple Phytonutrients include beets, elderberry, eggplants, prunes, and more.

Typically, purple sea moss is grown in deeper depths than gold because the deeper and farther from the shore the moss grows, the more nutrients and therefore darker color it has.

When it comes to the drying process, it is important to note that unlike gold sea moss, purple is dried in the shade and harder to harvest.

Gold sea moss

Gold is the most common type of sea moss. When people think of sea moss, they think of gold. Gold sea moss is the easiest to come by. This variety grows year round and is the only type that is sun-dried. The process involves laying the sea moss under white linen to soak up the sunlight and create a strong golden color.

Gold sea moss has phytochemicals phlorotannins and fucoxanthin. These chemicals are beneficial in reducing oxidative stress. Gold sea moss does not have a smell as intense as purple or green sea moss, but it still has a pleasant ocean scent.

Green sea moss

I would say this is less common type. Green sea moss contains the most chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is found in most green plants and helps them convert sunlight into energy. It's also one of the main ingredients in chlorophyllin, a plant extract that can help clear your system of toxins. Green Sea Moss is an all natural body deodorizer and detoxifier. It is also great for healing the skin and reducing bacterial growth in wounds.

Multi colored or "full spectrum

The name kind of speaks for itself - it contains all colors into one. It's been intentionally dried and cured to maintain its natural colors and phytonutrients. It's a mix of purple, gold, red or green Sea moss because they all have its specific benefits. The full spectrum has a more potent taste as well as more potent effects! The full spectrum is not dried in the sun. Remember, only the gold is.


All sea moss contain high levels of minerals and nutrients. However, they differ in their phytochemicals, colors, and drying processes. Another important thing is the smell of these sea moss. If you can’t tolerate stronger smells of the ocean, gold sea moss is the best option for you.
  • Gold - most common. Dried under the sun. Less ocean scent and flavor,.

  • Purple - Higher levels of antioxidants Often grown in deeper water and dried in the shade. No alteration in the drying process to alter colors.

  • Green - Contains chlorophyll and is also not dried in the sun. This one I would say has the strongest scent of the ocean.

  • Full spectrum - dried in the shade. Contains a little bit of every color. No alteration in the drying process to alter colors.

How do I chose what is right for me? Well first, you must make sure it is real wildcrafted sea moss NOT grown in any artificial pools. Most people start with the gold since it has minimal ocean taste and smell. Please remember that all sea moss are natural and therefore, it will likely contain brine and some sort of ocean scent.

I really hope this helped clear the topic of the difference between the colors of sea moss.

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And of course, we offer all colors in our shop.
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