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Seaweed For Health & Clearer Skin

Seaweed?

What are we talking about?

A wonderful and powerful seaweed called Spirulina!

Once a nutritious food source for the Aztecs, Spirulina is a blue-green algae that’s rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

Known for its ability to boost energy, immunity, and is great for your skin!

So, what is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a mass of algae that grows in tropical regions, usually found floating in clumps on the water and is otherwise known as pond scum…

Don’t let that scare you off though - it’s an excellent source of iron, chlorophyll and fatty acids. It even contains up to 70% protein!

It’s also packed with beta carotene, vitamin K, choline and folate, and is a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Spirulina is so nutrient-rich that many organisations are studying it as a treatment for malnutrition, with encouraging results so far.

This little cyanobacteria (which translates to blue-coloured bacteria) is distinctive for its colour, which comes mainly from the antioxidant known as phycocyanin.

Which helps to fight free radicals and prevent inflammation. Some small studies show promise for its use in hayfever, high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.

Spirulina is also incredibly environmentally friendly. It’s easily grown without the use of pesticides being mostly dried into tablets or powders for consumption.

But how can Spirulina help our skin?

The skin is a reflection of your internal health, what happens on the inside is highly dependent on your diet and lifestyle.

Spirulina might be small, but the high density of nutrients means it can help out where your salad is lacking…

Let’s face it, some days it’s easier to swallow a teaspoon of green powder than it is to consume a family-sized bowl of fresh greens (although we recommend you eat both).

Its function as an anti-inflammatory is also hugely useful, especially for inflammatory skin conditions like acne.

The GLA fatty acids found in spirulina are known to reduce inflammation and help maintain the skin barrier, keeping us comfortably water-resistant.

The plant nutrients in spirulina include beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A promoting skin repair and ultimately healthy skin. Also, acting as an antioxidant protecting skin from wrinkles. Yay for Vitamin A!

Other antioxidants in spirulina include zeaxanthin and phycocyanin which are responsible for protecting the skin from damage by pollution and those bothersome free radicals which cause wrinkles and ageing.

Phycocyanin especially helps with cell regeneration, which is quite useful when our skin is continually sloughing off old layers and replacing them.

In a world where pollution and toxic substances are unavoidable, something like spirulina is super-useful for protecting our skin and organs. Not only keeping us healthy on the inside but also helping our skin to remain clear, healthy and glowing with good nutrition.

Who’d have thought that algae could be sooo good for you?

Spirulina is a key ingredient within our Clear Skin Superfood Booster along with 62 other powerful nutritional ingredients…

All within the one product - only requiring you take one 5g teaspoon a day, which you can mix with yoghurt, shake, cereal, a smoothie or anything else you desire!

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About the Author: Mem Davis

Mem Davis is a naturopath, writer, and food lover. She loves feeling healthy and strong and is a proud vegan nutrition advocate. In her spare time, she goes hiking, attends live music events and hangs out with her cuddly cat.

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