Of spirulina’s long list of benefits there are some that are help improve your body’s physical beauty and are sought mostly by women. I’m not excluding men here, but lets be real, this is more for all the women out there. The nutrients ingested from spirulina benefit the overall health of hair, skin, and nails. It also has benefits that are particular to women, such as that it helps with menstruation and menopause.
Everyone wants to look healthier and in some cases younger right? And by taking spirulina you can at the very least improve your skin, hair, and nail health. The same nutrients that promote hair health also promote skin and nail health, and vice versa.
Because of its beta carotene, GLA, vitamin B-12, vitamin E, and zinc content, spirulina improves skin health in many ways.
First off, it has a very high content of beta carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A. Beta carotene is proven to protect skin from harmful UV radiation, which in turn will keep skin healthier and younger looking. And when I say it has a high Beta carotene content I mean high, literally the highest Beta carotene content there is, 25 times higher than carrots. (weird since its not an orange color)
Spirulina also has a high concentration of gamma linolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid. This is known to help keep your skin from drying out and cracking, giving it a nice and elastic feel. (helps with joint pain as well)
Then there is the zinc. It might not be the first thing you think of when you are looking to improve your skin, but nonetheless it is very important. One of zincs main skin benefits is its ability to reduce the formation of harmful free radicals that damage the skin and lead to premature aging. Zinc is also known to treat and prevent acne.
Spirulina also has plenty of vitamin E. It actually has more per weight than pure wheat germ, which is heavily marketed for containing this vitamin. Vitamin E helps your body balance out antioxidants and free radicals. So similar to zinc, it helps reduce free radicals that harm the skin wrinkles.
Strong Healthy Hair
Spirulina’s extremely high protein content gives your hair strength and can decrease breakage. It has the highest protein content of any food there is, more than meats and fish, and is a complete protein with all essential amino acids.
It also is a great source of iron. If you don’t know, iron deficiencies are known to cause hair loss. Its iron concentration puts other foods to shame. It is 58 times higher than spinach, which is known for iron.
Zinc is also an important mineral when it comes to keeping your hair on your head and out of the shower drain. Zinc plays an important rule in protein synthesis and if you are deficient the proteins of the hair follicle can actually deteriorate, causing hair loss. Luckily for you, if you consume spirulina, you are getting a good dose.
Next, there are the vitamins that promote healthy hair. Its most notable for hair health is vitamin E. Vitamin E improves blood circulation, increasing the blood and nutrient flow to the hair follicles. Vitamin E has numerous hair health benefits and are often supplemented to prevent hair loss or to promote hair growth. Its antioxidants will also protect your hair from early graying.
The nutrients in spirulina that promote healthy hair are also the ones that promote healthy strong nails.
Vitamins B-12 and E increase nail health and growth. It is simple to notice B-12 deficiency by looking at the nails. If your vitamin B-12 levels are up to par there should be “half moons” at the base of each moon.Just as with the hair, vitamin E increases the blood flow to the nail growth structure, giving it more nutrients for growth.
The zinc that spirulina has can improve your nail strength and growth. Zinc deficiencies are linked to weak nails that tend to split. A sign that you may be zinc deficient is having white spots aka “flecks” on the nails.
The iron that spirulina provides you with will also keep your nails from cracking. Lack of iron in the body is related to brittle nails. Spirulina has such a high concentration of iron that fixing this problem is probable.
Now on to the strictly women benefits…
Great For Menstruation
During menstruation there is more going on in the body than strictly reproductive functions. The female body also flushes out pollutants that are in the body. You could consider it somewhat of a detox from this perspective.
The abundance of nutrients found in spirulina help the body flush the toxins out at a more gradual pace, making it easier and more bearable. One of which, gamma linolenic acid, which is found in abundance in spirulina, is converted to prostaglandin which helps speed up the process.
When taking spirulina, the time preceding menstruation is more comfortable. And during it, it is easier to cope with and is shorter.
Hot flashes are a part of menopause that no one wants to deal with. Taking spirulina can decrease the discomfort experienced from these. With its well rounded nutrient profile, it promotes balance in the body and can have a calm yet energetic effect.
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