Updated: Jan 3
Blue Spirulina is a blue-green-algae which grows in ponds, lakes and alkaline waterways. If you look on the back of your most-trusted skin care and beauty products, you may notice that some of the standout ingredients have equal benefits to your diet. To state the obvious: That’s because a lot of what we eat can also have major benefits to our skin. Case in point? A superfood known as spirulina. Made popular by dietary supplements and smoothie powders, spirulina has quickly made its way into some of the most effective skin care products - and with good reason.
The health benefits of spirulina
The most common species of blue-green algae found in supplements are from the Arthrospira genus (collectively referred to as spirulina). And the reason the so-called superfood is used in health and beauty formulas is not just because of its green color - though that is a result of its powerful components - it’s because the blue-green algae provides a rich source of nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins A, E K, beta-carotene and B-complex.
Spirulina was consumed by the ancient Aztecs but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space for use by astronauts.
In addition, spirulina contains a variety of beauty (and health) benefiting minerals and free fatty acids, such as iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper and gamma-linolenic acid. On top of all that, spirulina can be a great source of antioxidants and has the ability to detox the body thanks to its chlorophyll and carotenes.
Spirulina is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Oxidative damage can harm your DNA and cells. This damage can drive chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer and other diseases. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. Its main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color.
Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Spirulina also has detoxifying properties that can be put to good use in skin care. Chlorophyll provides strong chelating properties. It attracts and removes heavy metals from the body before they reach and get stored in skin tissue.
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One of the most standout reasons to use spirulina in your beauty routine? Spirulina is rich in antioxidants that can help defend your skin and body from free radicals. It neutralizes free radicals and other toxins that cause premature signs of aging.
Not only can spirulina neutralize free radicals and protect against early signs of aging, it can firm the look of sagging skin, too.
With a good amino acid profile, including chief constituents for skin collagen - glycine and proline - and mineral copper, spirulina is a great option to support skin collagen production.
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Protects the skin In addition to neutralizing free radicals with antioxidants, spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties that can also slow down signs of aging. Some studies report that spirulina provides strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both of which are leading drivers for reversing skin aging.
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