by Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©
The Following is in an excerpt from the Susan Smith Jones article, “Natural Beauty.” Susan Smith Jones is an author, motivational speaker, health consultant, and has made numerous radio and TV talk show appearances.
What detracts from natural beauty?
We live in a media-saturated, youth- and beauty-obsessed culture in which intervention with beauty "technology" is increasingly becoming the norm. Injections with toxic bacteria, supercharged lasers, and traumatic surgeries can certainly manipulate appearances to keep skin taut and "frozen in time," but that is hardly synonymous with filling oneself with beauty.
What many consider to be "fading beauty" is oftentimes the natural course of the aging process. Aging leaves skin less hydrated and elastic, sun damage pronounced, and radiance diminished through lower-than-desired energy levels.
At the same time, the stressful pace and demands of modern life can lead to premature aging. Relentless stress can cause high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is released by the adrenal glands as part of our "fight or flight" response to stressors. At chronically high levels, cortisol can slow normal cell regeneration, interfere with healthy endocrine function, and produce other undesirable physical outcomes including acne and hair loss. Talk about eroding natural beauty!
Other lifestyle factors including a subpar diet, cigarette smoking, and excessive exposure to UV light can also lead to outward signs of premature aging. There has been much debate about the role of free radicals in the aging process in general, but a large body of research supports the idea that the oxidative stress wrought by free radicals can lead to premature wrinkling of the skin (Emerit, I). It stands to reason, then, that consuming an antioxidant-rich diet and healing foods of nature that naturally boost cell regeneration and guard the skin against damage from UV light would help promote natural beauty in the truest sense.
How can Hawaiian Spirulina and Astaxanthin augment natural beauty?
For these reasons, medical attention has been turning to "nutricosmetics," nutritional supplements that benefit the body and have anti-aging, beauty-enhancing benefits that don't involve any kind of invasive technology. In an ideal scenario, we would not need supplementation at all, but rather be able to consume all of the anti-aging nutrients we need from our diet. Unfortunately, with depleted soil, contaminated water supplies, and a commercial farming industry that introduces antibiotics and pesticides into the mix, we cannot rely on our food supply in the way people did in generations past. Additionally, our collective addiction to commercially processed foods, as well as widespread food sterilization practices, have displaced many traditional and ancient health-promoting foods such as fermented vegetables and microalgae from our diets.
Into this void steps two super-potent supplements that just happen to have scientifically proven effects on radiant skin and overall health: spirulina and astaxanthin. Let's start with considering the latter.
A red plant pigment, astaxanthin comes from the same carotenoid family as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. It is an antioxidant powerhouse! The International Carotenoid Society found that astaxanthin is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CO-Q10, and 550 times stronger than green tea catechins. Studies have found it to be 550 times stronger than Vitamin E and approximately 11 times stronger than beta-carotene.
Not only is it among the most potent of nature's antioxidants, but astaxanthin is also one of the most versatile. It can handle multiple types of free radicals and do so simultaneously. Think of it as a "super mop" that can handle every type of "cleaning" situation, so you don't need a dozen different tools to get the job done. This is in contrast to antioxidants like vitamins C and E, which can only take on specific types of free radicals, become exhausted after handling one free radical, and can actually end up "switching teams" to become pro-oxidants. Astaxanthin, on the other hand, never becomes a free radical. That's why it's often referred to as "King of Antioxidants"!
The other supplement I wouldn't be without on a daily basis is Hawaiian Spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows within lakes. It's an ancient food that was consumed and revered by the Aztecs and the Mayans. Today, science has proven the wisdom of the ancients by confirming the numerous health benefits of Spirulina.
How does this apply to natural beauty? Just as astaxanthin has potent antioxidant properties, so too does Spirulina. Spirulina is the world's only source of phycocyanin, a strong free-radical scavenger that has been proven to protect as well as activate the immune system. The algae are also a rich source of the antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. With Spirulina supplementation, these powerful antioxidants can help naturally boost cell regeneration and guard against premature aging.
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.