Does Spirulina help as part of an Anti-aging skin care diet?
According to an Indian study, (4) the condition of our skin reflects how healthy our overall body is. It describes how some Japanese Senior Citizens who only used Spirulina and water for more than 20 years, demonstrated how good Spirulina was for them, helping to keep their skin young looking.
I´m not surprised. My own experience after using Spirulina regularly for the last three years, is that my own skin has softened. And dark patches, blemishes and small warts or marks have disappeared, and my skin somehow looks younger.
By accident (see “About”), it has become my anti-aging skin care diet.
My nails grow healthily, and my hair is now thicker today than 5 year ago. And that is simply by taking oral spirulina supplements – about 3 grammes a day. Might using Spirulina help you to cut down on the number of skin care products you need to use? Or at least reduce some of them?
It’s interesting to note how many expensive skin care products, appear to have spirulina as one of their ingredients. The skin care industry is valued (2018) at >US$135 billion. If the word gets out that this blue-green algae or cyanobacteria can help do the job, potentially at a fraction of the price, what might the impact on the industry be*?
The Indian report (4) describes exactly my experience with regard to my skin; “my goodness you look so well,” comments from friends who have not seen me for years. The report (4), emphasises the importance of a healthy diet, to maintain a good skin complexion. It suggests this can be supported by taking spirulina supplements. It highlights, as we do on various pages on this site, how spirulina is rich in vitamins, protein, minerals, and many other nutrients. It’s also an excellent source of antioxidants.
This video explains how Spirulina is loaded with nutrients, describing how 1 gram of spirulina is about the same as 1 KG of fruit and vegetables in terms of nutrients:
We try very hard at whyspirulina.com to source medical or academic studies to support the claims that Spirulina can help or support the conditions we have pages & posts about. In this case, we have only been able to find a few resources. The Indian study (4) says Spirulina provides “an improved skin tone, more skin elasticity and general skin nutrition”. Whilst an animal study (1) from Japan found that Spirulina helps protect against UVB irradiation on the skin, describing how it “exerts anti tumor effects against UVB irradiation”.
A Brazilian sunscreen study (5, well they do love the beach don´t they), also found that spirulina in the sunscreen, “had a clear protective effect with regards to Ultra Violet light”. The Indian study suggests your skin depends on how healthy our overall body is. Might adding Spirulina to your diet, help yours? You might like to try some yourself.
In the Brazilian study (5) where an extract of Spirulina was added to a cream, it was found to “provide long term skin benefits such as hydration, protection of the skin barrier function and oil control for young and mature skin”. The Indian study (4) also enthusiastically describes the benefits of Spirulina for the skin as well.
History of Spirulina
This is fascinating story that goes back millennia. Discover the details of its origin and its history on the page, “What is spirulina about?”
Choosing the right Spirulina
Choosing the right Spirulina for your Anti-aging skin care diet is critical.
By all means contact us, if you have any questions, by sending us a commment, and we will try to answer or signpost you to other resources.
How well researched is Spirulina? Is it safe for me to take?
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(1) Inhibitory Effects of Dietary Spirulina platensis on UVB-Induced Skin Inflammatory Responses and Carcinogenesis by FlandianaYogianti(1)MakotoKunisada1)EijiNakano(1)RyusukeOno(1) KunihikoSakumi(3)SugakoOka(3)YusakuNakabeppu(3)ChikakoNishigori (1)
(1) Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Related, Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
(2) Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(3) Division of Neurofunctional Genomics, Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyusyu University, Fukuoka, Japan
(4*) “Spirulina: A wonder herb to treat topical diseases” Kushagra Nagori, Mukesh Sharma Rungta College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Bhilai, C.G. India.
(5) CarlaSouzaPatrícia M.B.G. MaiaCampos Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
*Please see the About page for the references* & our page on the history of Spirulina (its fascinating) can be seen via this click through.