Spirulina is a superfood rich in nutrients, vitamins (such as vitamin A, B, E, K) and both fatty (such as omega3 and 6) and amino acids. Spirulina encourages cell renewal process and help fighting free radicals taken internally. It provides healthy gut which lead to a clearer skin.
Spirulina can be taken more internally and can be applied externally. However, taking it internally can be more beneficial for your health and skin.
– Spirulina contains powerful antioxidants which makes it anti-aging. It fights against free radicals
According to this study, phycocyanin (the main active ingredient present in spirulina that also gives its particular colour) helps with the activation of cellular antioxidant activity, which leads to the elimination of free radicals (premature aging (early signs of fine lines and wrinkles) commonly appears due to free radicals).
According to this study, consuming spirulina boosts collagen production (by increasing growth factors in dermal fibroblast cells). Collagen, being essential in preventing skin aging and making it less visible.
Spirulina is also rich in amino acids (such as glycine and proline) which contribute to collagen production in our bodies.
All of these can also lead to a tighter and firmer looking skin.
2) Spirulina acne benefits + psoriasis + eczema
Spirulina is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects. These benefits can help treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
According to this study, topical application of a cream containing spirulina to the skin can help treat acne. Spirulina prevents bacteria from growing on the skin and improves cell metabolism. Plus, it can be a better alternative to antibiotic (because it doesn’t cause antibiotic resistance).
This study demonstrates that spirulina helped to reduce psoriasis in mice.
According to this study, an ointment that contains spirulina helps improve eczema condition when applied topically for 3 weeks.
3) Helps eliminate toxins
Spirulina is known to have high antioxidative properties.
This study suggests that spirulina extract combined with zinc taken twice a day for 16 weeks, helped patients with arsenic poisoning removing almost 50% of arsenic from their hair.
4) Fights free radicals
Spirulina while detoxifying our bodies it also protects it from free radicals (oxidants). Free radicals are responsible for breaking down skin’s collagen, it results in skin blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, darks spots, hyperpigmentation, and saggy skin.
The skin is exposed to oxidants (free radicals) every day. Not only environmental factors but also an unhealthy diet can also increase free radicals’ (oxidants) level. However, Spirulina can help protect the skin and the body from the impact of free radicals.
Phycocyanin, the main active compound present in spirulina gives it its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, carotenoids present in spirulina helps to protect the skin environmental pollution.
5) Helps tone the skin
Spirulina is rich in vitamins (such as vitamin A and E). They are giving spirulina its nourishing, moisturizing and antioxidants benefits.
Consuming spirulina internally can replenish your body with healthy antioxidants which can lead to a glowing toned skin.
6) Helps remove dark circles
Spirulina is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It can alleviate dark circles thanks to its detoxifying effects.
7) Better gut health- better skin
Spirulina is a superfood rich in nutrients, vitamins and both fatty and amino acids, that provides better gut health. This superfood has been proven to promote healthier gut microbiota.
This study demonstrates that spirulina can boost the immunity and can help preserve healthy gut bacteria during the aging process.
A healthy gut contributes to preventing skin inflammations which leads to a clearer skin. Thus, A better gut health is associated with a better skin health.
Which spirulina to choose?
There are basically two forms of spirulina: the dried and fresh one. If you have the possibility to choose, go for the fresh one since it is unprocessed.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.