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Best Skin Superfoods – Baobab, Spirulina and Acai
We have picked three incredible superfood powders from Mother Nature that will inspire you to start whipping up those health-boosting smoothies right now! Superfood powders are an excellent way to get a dense hit of nutrition into your system and are especially useful if you struggle to eat enough of your fruit and veggies or you’re trying to restore your health through or after illness. But they’re good for anyone wanting to nourish their body and skin every day.
The below will all support health but will do wonders for nourishing your skin from the inside out too. All three are powerhouses of anti-aging nutrition and are classed as skin superfoods in the beauty and wellbeing world! Here’s a little more information on each to help you pick one.
The baobab fruit has been used for centuries in Africa for its medicinal properties to treat a whole host of health issues and concerns. It’s a nutritionally dense fruit with incredibly high levels of vitamin C, commonly used to treat vitamin C deficiency. There are not many food sources in the world that are as high in vitamin C as baobab, and this is what makes this superfood ideal for nourishing the skin from the inside out.
Vitamin C is the building block of collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that are needed to keep the body and skin strong and supple. This is essential for keeping skin beautiful and smooth, and slowing down the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
Baobab is rich in antioxidants to neutralise free radicals to prevent damage to the body on a cellular level. Free radicals cause damage to the skin, making it age faster, so fighting these with antioxidants can slow this process down for youthful skin. One of these antioxidants includes vitamin A, also known as retinol. Eating vitamin A has amazing acne-fighting possibilities by nourishing the skin and helping to remove keratin plugs from the pores that cause papules, blackheads and acne.
Not only this, but baobab fruit moisturises for the skin from the inside out due to its many fatty acids. Baobab fruit is made up of 36 percent linoleic acid, 25.1 percent oleic acid and 28.8 percent palmitic acid which can promote moisture and hydration of the skin when consumed.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich in protein, vitamins, phytonutrients, iron and beta-carotene and is known for its ability to make the skin glow when taken internally. Phycocyanin is the main active component that gives spirulina its intense, vivid blue-green colour. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help fight off free radicals and slows down the production of inflammatory molecules to soothe and repair damaged skin.
This superfood is packed full of skin-boosting nutrients for the skin’s ultimate rejuvenation. It’s packed with vitamin E, tyrosine and selenium, all helpful for skin health. Tyrosine helps to fight free radical damage to help slow down the skin’s ageing.
Many acne-sufferers also claim that spirulina helps to clear up their acne. Spirulina has a healthy ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids with studies showing that these can significantly reduce acne lesions for those with inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.
The algae is also very detoxing, helping the body to eliminate heavy elements and toxins. The high content of chlorophyll in spirulina supports the bod’s natural ability to detox itself and eliminates free radicals for brighter, glowing skin.
Native to Central and South America, acai berries have been a part of the traditional Amazonian diet for centuries.
The acai berry is full of antioxidants, electrolytes, trace minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, fibre, plant sterols and B vitamins. It’s packed full of nutrients that rejuvenate the skin and support skin health.
Acai berries have a high ORAC score. This stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and is the thing and is a scale that measures the antioxidant properties of food. It’s safe to say that acai berries are very high on the list when it comes to high levels of antioxidants, known to fight oxidative stress from food, radiation and pollution that causes age-accelerating free radical damage. The superfruit is also effective at fighting superoxide. This is a free radical that can damage collagen and elastin proteins to keep the skin strong, smooth, youthful and healthy. Research has shown the berry’s effectiveness at preventing skin inflammation. This is due in part to the anthocyanins content - pigmented nutrients that give the berries their vivid colour while contributing to the berry’s anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties.
Written by Jess Burman
BA (Honours) Writing