What Are Superfoods?
Superfoods are foods with exceptional nutrient density. They are extremely high in micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, as well as antioxidants, enzymes and health fats. In short, they are nutritional powerhouses. The majority of superfoods are found in nature and grow from the soil: fruits, vegetables, seeds, grasses, seaweed, and leaves, and some come from the ocean.
Superfoods not only help your body on the inside, they also make great skin care products. Happily, for us skin care lovers, these foods not only work from the inside out they work topically as well, delivering benefits directly to the surface of the skin. A greater understanding of that process has also led to a growing trend in superfoods in skincare. If you haven't already, now is the time to adopt superfoods and help educate yourself on their benefits!
Antioxidants are the hardest working ingredients in the skin-care game. Not only do they scavenge free radicals, the number one skin-aging culprits, to promote brighter, more even toned skin, theyre also the superstars at preventing fine lines and keeping skin looking fresh. Antioxidants are considered the fountain of youth by skin-care professionals and experts.
In skin care, Antioxidants are powerhouse ingredients. Favored for their ability to reduce fine lines, help skin look firmer, younger, and to calm and soothe skin. Antioxidants are go-to ingredients for mature skin and those wanting to keep their skin looking youthful.
Foods that contain the highest antioxidants are: blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, apples, prunes, artichokes, kale, red cabbage, beans, beet, spinach, pecans, dark leafy greens.
Omega Fatty Acids
Not only do almost all superfoods have high levels of multiple antioxidants, but many used for skincare have numerous fatty acids and vitamins. As a rough overview, we'll discuss some of the properties of the most common fatty acids and then dig into the favored superfood ingredients use for healthy glowing skin.
Linoleic (Omega-6) fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Your body needs fatty acids and can make all but two, which is why they are called essential fatty acids. Linoleic and linolenic acids are derived from foods containing omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid.
They help retain water in the skin to hydrate and keeps skin looking smooth and supple.
Omega-3s help increase skin hydration, protect against sun damage, reduces acne, guards against dry, red, or itchy skin, and are powerful anti-inflammatories. Omega-3 fatty acids also fortify cell membranes, which protects other parts of the cell against harmful free radicals.
They fight wrinkles. Eating foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids, like spinach, kidney beans, arctic char, chia seeds, and other inflammation-fighting foods, helps support your skin's structure, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Though most of the benefits come from ingesting these healthy fats in food, they nourish skin from the outside too. Omega-3s and omega-6s, both of which are found in skin, can be effective moisturizers when applied topically. However, rubbing these fatty acids on your skin helps bolster the barrier and improve smoothness, too.
Most products do not tout omega-3s or omega-6s on labels, so look for foods rich in these fats, such as safflower, flaxseed, sunflower and olive, which you'll find in cleansers, body and face lotions, serums, body oils and even lip balm.
The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.
Punicic Acid (Omega 5) is a rare fatty acid believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants known to modern science. Pomegranate is a source of essential skincare must haves such as vitamins B, C, Potassium, and Magnesium. You can also find these benefits in our favorite, precious Pearl Powder.
Lysine (Amino Acids), the building blocks of all protein, are absolutely essential to skin's health. Amino acids supply nutrients to nourish the skin, hair and nails from within. Amino Acids strengthens connective tissue and keeps the skin smooth, firm, and elastic, the nails and hair follicles strong.
Amino acids are found in meat, eggs, soy, black beans, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Our Favorite Superfood for Skin Care
100% Pure, Authentic Pearl Powder is our favorite. When it comes to Superfood this deep sea treasure is the most nutrient-rich food created by nature. Pearl Powder contains 20 amino acids, over 30 trace minerals, and a high concentration of calcium.
The amino acids in Pearl Powder are: Aspartic acid, Arginine, Alanine, Lysine, Methionine, Serine, Phenylanine, Threonine, Glutamic acid, mucopolysaccharides, glycine, leucine, Phenylanine, cystine, histidine, proline, tyrosine, valine, Glycine (the smallest among the 20 amino acids, usually found in protein.
Pearl Powder also has powerful anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help skin repair itself, corrects visible signs of aging, and improves fetal skin beauty. Pearl helps stimulate the body's natural collagen, even skin tone, and illuminates the skin.
Pearl Powder possesses the full Vitamin spectrum, a high beta-carotene content, and also magnesium, calcium oxide, calcium, potassium, chromium, bromides, selenium, zinc, vanadium, iron oxide and many other oxides, trioxides, and pentoxides. All these nutrients are within the pearl and this unique combination makes pearl powder highly desirable for skin care.
Unlike most creams and serums that do not absorb beneath the skins surface, pearl powder reaches deep within the skin cells, penetrating all the way to the dermis, releasing vitamins and minerals where it's needed, and soaks it in.
This versatile Superfood powder can be added to water, almond milk, a smoothie, your favorite beverage, pudding, yogurt, chilled soups, parfait's, compotes, trifles, etc. It can also be added to moisturizing creams, shampoos, toothpaste, or used as a mask, scrub, body facial, foot soak, and so much more.
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Antihemolytic And Antioxidant Properties Of Pearl Powder
The antioxidation and anti-aging efficacy of various extracts of pearl powder were assessed. Pearl powder administration showed a substantial increase in total antioxidant capacity, total thiols, Glutathione content, enzymic antioxidant activity as well as considerably suppressed the lipid peroxidation products.
Other studies have shown that pearl powder promotes the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. It acts as an antioxidant to promote the production of glycosaminoglycans. GAGs are the major sulfated glycan in green algae found in the ocean which oysters and clams feed off of. GAGs are sulfated glycans that regulate various biological and medical functions. Glycosaminoglycans' primary role is to maintain and support collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces and keep protein fibers in balance. The sea is a wealthy environment of unique GAGs.
Studies have also shown that pearl-dependent enzymes help firm, smooth, and soften the skin quicker than other anti-aging skin care products. In addition, the peptides in pearl have been shown to remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue.
Research considers Pearl powder to be most effective in rejuvenating and revitalizing the skin.
If you want youthful skin and counter signs of aging, Pearl Powder is a smart investment. Go ahead and give it a try, and join thousands of others who have benefited from the anti aging effects of Pearl Powder.