SPIROLINA IN BATH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

SPIROLINA IN BATH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Spirolina is a single celled organism that grows in warm water that is high in alkaline. It is bright blue green and it is referred to as blue green algae sometimes.  It isn’t really an algae, scientifically speaking.

The Aztecs used it as a food source until the 16th century when it is likely that Lake Texcoco stopped producing it.

Lots of studies have explored the potential of using it as a supplement and research has found no ill effects or toxicity with internal ingestion.

I can find very little reliable evidence that Spirolina is definitely good for your skin or face but there is no shortage of people claiming it is. While I tend to think it is good for you both internally and externally given its impressive range of  proteins, vitamins and minerals, we all have to use our own sense of these things until more research can be done. Presently I use it in face masks, cleansers, toothpowders and soaps.

According to Wikipedia, 100 grams of Spirolina contains:

57.5 grams of PROTEIN

  • Tryptophan 929 g
  • Threonine 97 g
  • Isoleucine 209 g
  • Leucine 947 g
  • Lysine 025 g
  • Methionine 149 g
  • Cystine 662 g
  • Phenylalanine 777 g
  • Tyrosine 584 g
  • Valine 512 g
  • Arginine 147 g
  • Histidine 085 g
  • Alanine 515 g
  • Aspartic acid 793 g
  • Glutamic acid 386 g
  • Glycine 099 g
  • Proline 382 g
  • Serine 998 g

VITAMINS

  • Vitamin A equiv.(4%) 29 μg
    • beta-carotene 3%) 342 μg
  • Thiamine (B1) (207%) 2.38 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) (306%) 3.67 mg
  • Niacin (B3) (85%) 12.82 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • (70%) 3.48 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (28%) 0.364 mg
  • Folate (B9) (24%) 94 μg
  • Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
  • Choline (13%) 66 mg
  • Vitamin C (12%) 10.1 mg
  • Vitamin D (0%) 0 IU
  • Vitamin E (33%) 5 mg
  • Vitamin K (24%) 25.5 μg

TRACE METALS

  • Calcium (12%) 120 mg
  • Iron (219%) 28.5 mg
  • Magnesium (55%) 195 mg
  • Manganese (90%) 1.9 mg
  • Phosphorus (17%) 118 mg
  • Potassium (29%) 1363 mg
  • Sodium (70%) 1048 mg
  • Zinc (21%) 2 mg


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