Taking Spirulina on a regular basis is a natural and non-invasive way to keep your skin young and elastic. Spirulina is loaded with vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene), the antioxidant widely recognised to maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps slow the aging of the skin which is caused by UV-radiation1. It also helps protect the skin from sunburn2. The European Food Safety Authority states that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of vitamin A and a normal skin3.
Spirulina is also a powerful source of the antioxidant, super oxide dismutase (SOD), that helps oxygenate the skin4 and helps protect the skin from UV-induced damage5. Furthermore, Spirulina contains unusually high levels of the polyunsaturated fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) that contributes to optimal skin
Spirulina is a natural way to keep your hair strong and glossy. Not only is it a source of complete protein containing all the essential amino acids, it is also a good source of bio available iron8, that can help prevent hair loss due to iron deficiency. As an excellent source of the essential fatty acid GLA, Spirulina improves the hair texture and helps prevent dry, brittle hair. Finally, the presence of vitamin B-complex, vitamin E and zinc, also boosts healthy hair. In the same way, Spirulina promotes strong nails. Especially through its high content of carotenoids, iron, essential amino acids, GLA and B-complex vitamins.
Spirulina is an extraordinary source of antioxidants or “free radical scavengers” that keep you looking young and fresh, help ward off premature ageing and protect the structure of skin, hair and nails. In numerous scientific studies, Spirulina has proven its antioxidant properties. One of the key ingredients of Spirulina, the blue pigment phyocyanin, is a potent free radical scavenger that inhibits peroxidation of lipids9. Spirulina is also rich in the antioxidant enzyme SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase), a substance that is considered one of the most important antioxidant enzymes10. Finally, Spirulina is nature’s richest source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A is an important antioxidant that is considered to be one of the main antioxidants in our body that fights tissue damage by free radicals11.
Spirulina owes its proven anti-aging properties to the fact that it cleanses and detoxifies the body and protects body cells against environmental and other toxins. In several animal studies, it is shown that Spirulina helps protect against the harmful effects of toxins at the level of the liver12, the heart13, the kidneys14 and the genes15. Substances in spirulina that help detoxify the body are chlorophyll, the antioxidant phycocyanin and N-acetylcysteine, a precursor of the strong detoxifier, glutathione.
Spirulina is helpful in boosting natural weight loss. Due to its high levels of nutrients, (with low calorie content), when taken before meals, it helps satisfy appetite, thereby reducing how much one eats and decreasing the urge to snack between meals. It also keeps hunger pangs at bay since it contains complete protein with all the essential amino acids and polysaccharides that moderately raise the blood glucose levels. Finally, it stimulates the metabolism, thereby aiding in burning fat. A study showed that as well as lowering cholesterol, Spirulina promoted weight loss and decreased triglycerides (fats) in the blood16.
A balanced sugar level also contributes to normal weight and vice versa. Furthermore, keeping the blood glucose level under control helps prevent premature ageing and age-related degeneration. The regular intake of Spirulina has also proven to lower blood glucose levels17, 18.
Crush two Spirulina tablets and mix them with cream cheese or yoghurt, or your favourite mask. Apply the mixture to thoroughly-cleansed skin and let it soak in for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. The Spirulina face pack has a triple action: cleansing, relaxing and nourishing the skin. A Spirulina face mask can be used for all skin types, but it is especially beneficial for oily or problem skin.
Spirulina is ideal as a cleansing cure both in the spring and the autumn. By drinking as much water as possible (or herb tea or juices), waste products will be removed even more rapidly from your body. You can combine Spirulina with a juice diet for example. To keep your weight at the right level, it is a good idea to have a ‘juice day’ every now and then. Simply add a spoonful of Spirulina powder or a few tablets to a glass of freshly squeezed organic fruit or vegetable juice.
Menstruation is more than only a part of the reproduction function. During the bleeding, the body rids itself of pollutants (in a similar way to skin with spots and strong smelling transpiration). A difficult menstruation may be a consequence of this inner cleansing. Spirulina ensures that the body gradually rids itself of the pollutants and gives new energy. Thanks to Spirulina, many women have shorter and easier menstruation and feel more comfortable in the period preceding menstruation.
Many women in the menopause have less trouble from menopausal symptoms if they take Spirulina. They feel calmer, more energetic and in balance and have less bother from hot flushes. Spirulina can also have a positive effect during menstruation. Spirulina contains gamma-linolenic acid that is changed into prostaglandin in the body and therefore has a positive effect on the menstruation cycle.