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Laminaria Japonica

Brown seaweed salad

Laminaria Japonica is a type of brown seaweed rich in a vast host of nutrients, minerals and with some truly amazing health benefits. The medicinal powers of seaweed have actually been used for centuries because of their known ability to extend life and even enhance health and beauty. Decades of research has shown that it is actually Laminaria Japonica, or brown seaweed, which is the most beneficial of all seaweed. Laminaria Japonica is high in organic iodine, alginates, fucoxanthin, laminarin, and fucoidan. It also possesses over 70 different minerals which many nutritionists have said are lacking in diets throughout the Western hemisphere.

Extracts from brown seaweed have astounded researchers as have not only they been able to cause cancer tumors to die, they also detoxify the body of chemical build up and even burn body fat.

Fucoidan and Cancer
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide, also known as an ‘evaporated oligomineral’. Approximately 4% of the total dry weight of brown seaweed is composed of fucoidan which is the chemical responsible for the apoptosis (or death) of cancer cells. To date, there have been well over 600 studies that show that fucoidan is also responsible for a vast host of other positive benefits. These include: immune system improvement, intestinal disorders, allergy control, improved liver function, cholesterol regulation, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar regulation and its powerful anti-oxidant action promotes healthy hair and skin. The regular consumption of brown seaweed in many parts of Asia is often correlated with the significantly lower rates of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers amongst Asian women.

Fucoxanthin and Weight Loss
The fat burning properties of Laminaria Japonica are accredited to a compound called fucoxanthin. Alongside the iodine content of brown seaweed, when ingested, the compounds increase our body’s metabolic rate meaning you burn your more calories and you burn them faster. This prevents the accumulation of body fat. One study published in the journal ‘Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism’ involved 16 weeks of supplementation with a product containing fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil. The results saw that participants lost an average of 7.7 pounds over the period and additionally fat deposits in the liver decreased.

Alginates and Detoxification
Aliginic acid, also known as algin or alginate is an anionic polysaccharide that is found in the cell walls of brown algae. The alginate content of brown seaweed is known to detoxify the body of numerous unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals such as strontium, uranium, mercury and lead. In day to day life, we are exposed to hundreds of toxins which over time can become embedded in our vital organs such as the heart, liver, or brain. The alginate content of Laminaria Japonica effectively eliminates these compounds from or bodies, helping us to stay disease free.

Supplementation
Although supplementing with brown seaweed or consuming it regularly is no doubt a great health choice to make, researchers have actually found that healthy participants who consumed 4 kelp capsules each day for a period of four weeks showed increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormones. Although we know that kelp is not the same as Laminaria Japonica – the compounds found within the two are very similar. In this way when consuming brown seaweed, remember to consume it regularly but always in moderation.

Best of 2015: New Ingredients That Fight Aging

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Retinol, vitamin C, alpha and beta-hydroxy acids and hyaluronic acid, you know what anti-aging ingredients your skin care should contain. Or do you? Because the study and science of skin care are constantly evolving, there are always new anti-aging ingredients available and while some are nothing more than marketing hype, some new ingredients have scientific research and proof that they do what they promise. Check out three of the best new anti-aging ingredients introduced or made popular in 2015.

Growth Factors
Many anti-aging skin care ingredients are intended to increase antioxidants or increase collagen levels, but growth factors take this to a new level. As you age, your body’s natural growth factors decrease which results in a loss of natural collagen, collagen-preserving chemicals, antioxidant reserves and antioxidant-reserving mechanisms. All of this results in skin that is sagging, wrinkled, thin and dry. Growth factors don’t just give your collagen or antioxidants a boost, they are actually designed to increase the production of natural collagen, collagen-preserving chemicals, antioxidant reserves and antioxidant-reserving mechanisms within your skin naturally. Applied topically, growth factors have been shown to stimulate collagen production within your skin which gives you more firmness and elasticity in your skin.

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Seaweed Skin Care
Skin care experts have been looking to aquatic life to discover effective ingredients for anti-aging purposes. One of the most exciting species scientists have uncovered is Okinawa red algae. While algae doesn’t sound super appealing to apply to your skin, reserve your judgement until you’ve heard what it can do. Okinawa red algae is very similar to your skin’s collagen, meaning that it can enhance water retention in your skin and that it may improve the barrier function of your skin. Okinawa red algae also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, proteins and nearly all essential vitamins. Seaweeds, like Okinawa red algae, are seen as a very promising part of sustainable development in regions that are surrounded by water.

Fulvic Acid
If you’ve never heard of fulvic acid you aren’t alone, but chances are you’ll be hearing about it soon. Fulvic acid is a hydrating anti-aging ingredient that has intense antioxidant properties. This amazing ingredient is known for being both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and is already a popular anti-aging ingredient in Australia. Fulvic acid has been shown to treat symptoms of dry skin, redness, inflammation and irritation that are associated with skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. Its antioxidant properties is an incredibly potent free-radical destroyer, which means that it can fight signs of aging such as sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

These skin care ingredients are extremely promising when it comes to their anti-aging claims, but remember that there is no single ingredient that will solve all of your aging problems. A consistent skin care routine, healthy diet and proper hydration are also a part of your solution to aging. These three new anti-aging ingredients combined with other anti-aging ingredients can help you combat fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Be on the lookout for products containing the above skin care ingredients and watch as your skin becomes younger-looking, healthier and more radiant.

Best Ingredients to Care for Your Skin Issues

There are a number of ingredients that can prove to be highly beneficial for your skin care, but there are some ingredients that have commonly been termed as “power players”. These ingredients truly pack a punch in terms of offering you with exciting solutions for all your skin care issues and allow you to enjoy healthy and trouble-free skin in no time at all. Here is Vine Vera’s list of the best ingredients to care for your skin problems.

Strech marks Retinol for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks
Vine Vera believes that one of the best ingredients for your skin is Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A. This exciting skin care ingredient helps you to tackle all issues related to aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, sagging skin, etc. Retinol boasts of having hundreds of studies that prove its various benefits and it is considered to be a must in anti-aging skin care solutions. Retinol works by boosting the cell turnover, increasing the production of elastin and collagen and stimulating cellular repair at the deepest levels of your skin. It is also known to increase the blood-vessel formation so as to give you healthy looks. Make sure that you use Retinol based products at night for best results.

Vitamin B3 Redness red skin
Vitamin B3 is usually found in all sorts of serums, lotions and creams in the form of niacinamide. Vitamin B3 helps your skin to increase the production of fatty acids and ceramides, things that are integral for the outermost protective barrier of your skin. Vitamin B3 is also known to be ideal for those with sensitive or dry skin issues. According to a study, using Vitamin B3 helps to improve the appearance of rosacea, a common skin issue that becomes worse with age. Other benefits offered by Vitamin B3 include anti-aging, reduced redness and fewer dark spots.

cellulite on thighs Seaweed for Cellulite
One of the greatest treasures of the ocean, seaweed, is also known to be extremely beneficial for your skin. Seaweed is one of the best ways of grappling with cellulite problems. Most people prefer to stay as far away from the word “cellulite” as possible, because this skin issue is extremely difficult to get rid of. However, seaweed helps you to make your skin elastic and supple, two factors that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Furthermore, seaweed is also known to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient which makes it an excellent acne fighter as well.

Vitamin C for Spots Skin Spots
A number of moisturizers contain Vitamin C because of the fact that it can offer the skin with antioxidant effects by controlling the damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is also known to be an ideal ingredient for those wanting to get rid of skin spots. In a study conducted to test the benefits that Vitamin C had to offer to the human skin, women who treated their sun damaged skin using Vitamin C saw a significant difference in terms of discoloration and fine lines within 6 months of use. Read what Abby from “Twist Me Pretty” has to say about the Vine Vera Vitamin C Collection here.

AHAs (Lactic Acid) and BHAs (Salicylic Acid) for Keratosis Pilaris
Regular exfoliation is one of the best ways to unclog your pores and unclogging your pores is one of the ideal ways to treat Keratosis Pilaris. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are among the best ingredients for those wanting to exfoliate their skin cells. However, this only treats one half of the problem. AHAs cannot get inside your pores. For this, you need to back them up with Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). BHAs offer you with antimicrobial properties which kills the bacteria. They also offer anti-inflammatory properties which are an ideal way of completely eliminating Keratosis Pilaris.

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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Seaweed Extract

Marine ingredients have become the latest “in thing” in the cosmetics industry. The use of marine ingredients in cosmetics and lotions has increased manifolds over the years, and not without reason. Despite seeming to be the latest development in the cosmetics industry, marine ingredients have long been associated with health care and beauty. One of the most popular marine ingredients that has been making headlines is seaweed extract. Seaweed is natural skin care ingredient. It is sometimes used in the form of carrageenan, a stabilizer and thickener that is extracted from seaweed. Chinese medicine has also placed great stress on the use of seaweed as a health care and beauty product. There are four types of seaweeds that are commonly used by the Chinese – Ecklonia, Sargassum, Pyrphora and Laminaria.

Seaweed is considered to be one of the most powerful ingredients because of the fact that it draws a wealth of mineral elements and micronutrients from the ocean. These elements and micronutrients include calcium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, selenium, nickel, boron, cobalt, sodium, fluoride, phosphorus, iodine, copper and potassium and they account for almost 36% of its dry mass. Recent studies have shown that seaweed can be used as a potent antioxidant as well. According to a study done by the University of Ohio, topically applied brown algae (a type of seaweed) can reduce skin tumors by almost 60% in hairless mice.

Other benefits offered by seaweed include the ability to increase collagen production, producing an immediate skin tightening effect, reducing wrinkles, cleansing the skin, nourishing and strengthening skin cells and removing dead skin.

Now that you are aware of the importance and benefits of these seaweed extracts for your skin care, would you like to know about the various skin conditions where using seaweed extract can prove to be particularly rewarding? There are four areas and skin care concerns where the use of  seaweed extracts has  produced revolutionary results.

Acne – Seaweed consists of anti-inflammatory compounds that can truly benefit anyone suffering from acne. Acne is normally caused by the release of oils or sebum which prevent your skin from drying up. Similarly, pimples are the result of inflammation in the pores of your skin. These inflammations trap the oil and result in blackheads and whiteheads. Seaweed has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce this swelling. It can also be used to naturally exfoliate your dead cells and block pores.

Rosacea – Rosacea refers to a particular type of skin condition that leads to swelling, facial inflammation and discoloration. Seaweed is known to be rich in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, which help it to act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. This prevents the pooling of blood under your skin and alleviates your rosacea symptoms. Topical application of seaweed extract in the form of creams and lotions can also help you to nourish your skin externally and ensure that it looks healthy and hydrated.

Scalp Strengthening – Arame is a brown colored seaweed that is commonly used in a variety of Japanese dishes. This seaweed is also known to be highly beneficial in strengthening and nourishing your hair follicles and your scalp.

Thyroid booster and detoxifier – Other practical applications of seaweed extract include thyroid boosters and detoxification. Seaweed’s anti-inflammatory properties help humans to detoxify their skin. Seaweed is also known to be extremely rich in iodine. This helps to boost thyroid functions which in turn allow you to rejuvenate your skin.

As a result of its skin care benefits, seaweed has become extremely common in spas in the form of seaweed baths. When applied to the human body, seaweed can help to draw out the excess fluid and chemicals from the body and cleanse the dead skin cells and impurities from the body’s surface.