Sea Secret: Algae for Skin and Health Care

Algae for Skin and Health Care
“Sea Secret” on Health Perch

There are all sorts of dermatological solutions to help you beautify and care for your skin. But one of the best options may be relying on a gifts from the sea.
Take algae: There are tens of thousands of types. Broadly, algae is divided by color categories, and each of those differently colored algae offer different benefits for the skin. They range from sunscreen to astringent properties.
What you eat from the sea can also help beautify your skin, especially seaweed. Seaweed has anti-inflammatory properties, among others—although there are some cautions as to how much and what type to eat. Some sea ingredients are also added to cosmetics for benefits such as exfoliation.
Take a closer look at these key sea ingredients to find out what might help you and your beauty routine.

5 Juicing Recipes for Glowing Skin

5 Juicing Recipes for Glowing Skin

Juicing Recipes for Glowing Skin
Juicing Recipes for Glowing Skin

We all want better skin. There are so many factors that play a role in lessening the clarity and the beauty of our skin. The skin is the bodies protective barrier therefor it is exposed to the environment, it can be affected by stress levels, the food that we eat, and it can also be sensitive to hormone changes in our body. Every now and then you need to provide your skin with a rejuvenating boost. Although many people use masks and skin treatments as a way to give therapy to their skin they forget that the vitality of our skin is also determined by the things that go into our bodies.

If you are not providing your body with nutrition, your skin will suffer. You will not be able to produce healthy skin cells if you are filling your body with junk foods and skimping on fruits and vegetables. Juicing is a great way to treat your body and your skin. There are many foods that have great benefits for the skin and when you juice you are putting potent amounts of minerals and vitamins that your skin needs to thrive. Below we are sharing five juicing recipes that will leave you with glowing skin.

  1. Carrot and Orange Juice


2 whole carrots (with the stem chopped off)

1 peeled orange

As children, we are told to eat carrots in order to improve our vision, but they have many more benefits for the body aside from helping eyesight. Carrots are amazing because they are jam packed with beta carotene. You may be wondering what beta carotene is. It is an antioxidant that protects cells by preventing cell breakdown. It is a pigment with an orange/red color and our body takes it in as a source of vitamin A. The abundance of vitamin A in carrots makes it great for the skin as vitamin A is needed in order for our body to produce healthy, glowing skin. This vitamin promotes the skin’s production of collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its fullness which keeps the face looking young and plump. Without collagen the skin will quickly begin to sag and wrinkles become more prominent.  It also helps to protect our skin from damage against free radicals.

Oranges also present many benefits for the skin. They are fortified with vitamin C. You may have seen vitamin C skin serums and other products for the skin containing vitamin C and that is because it does wonders for the skin. It naturally has the ability to fade dark spots on the skin. If you have acne scars or spots from sun damage vitamin C is your friend. The vitamin C in oranges also has the capability to reduce inflammation so that means that your breakouts will look far less severe.

  1. Beet and Lemon Juice


½ a beet

1 lemon

½ cup water

Beets are stellar for the skin. They can prevent breakouts by cleansing the liver and the blood. When your body is full of toxins your skin suffers. When the toxins that are in your liver and blood are filtered out of the body they can no longer cause breakouts. They are also full of other nutrients that promote healthy skin.

Lemons are also wonderful for the skin. They are a source of citric acid which can help fade stubborn marks on the skin. This juice will leave your skin flawless and scar free!

  1. Apple and Ginger Juice


1 large apple

1 tablespoon of grated ginger

This juice is one that has a great taste. The apple is sweet and subtle and the ginger gives it a bit of a spicy kick. It is also great for your complexion. Make sure that you leave the peel on the apple because it is full of pectin which boosts the production of collagen in the skin. The ginger in the juice makes it great for anyone who suffers from acne. Ginger has anti-inflammatory abilities which will help improve the clarity of your skin.

  1. Kale and Lime


2 cups chopped kale

1 lime

1/4 cup water

Kale is another powerful source of beta carotene which we have discussed previously in this article. Like other citrus fruits lime is a source of vitamin C and are skin brighteners which repair the skin from damage that was inflicted to it by the sun or by breakouts.

  1. Cucumber and Mint


1 cucumber

¼ cup mint leaves

Cucumber is mainly water, which means that it is hydrating and it also contains a small amount of vitamin C. Mint is awesome for the skin, it is fortified with vitamin A. Salicylic acid, which is an acid used in many anti-acne products, is naturally occurring in mint.


Amazing skin is possible. Juice a few times a week using these recipes and you are sure to see a visible difference in the beauty of your skin. In order for our body to produce healthy skin we have to take care of our body on the inside and out.



Author Bio

Kelly Everson (@kellyeverson12) is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written numerous articles/online journals on stretch marks, pregnancy, sleep disorders, female health and joint pain problems. She is also passionate about health, beauty and fitness. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest from 2011. Examiner from 2013, Epochtimes & Healthline from 2014

Green-lipped Mussel Extract = Could this be a treatment for arthritis?

Given our ageing population, osteoarthritis is the most common arthritic disorder affecting the greatest number of people in the UK with more than eight million people estimated to be affected.

Green Lippled Mussels - a treatment for arthritis?
Green Lippled Mussels – a treatment for arthritis?

A couple of weeks ago I received a press release which, I have to say, bowled me a googly, but which did deserve a bit more investigation. Simply put the press release (which I have pretty much reproduced verbatim below) suggested that green-lipped mussel extract (GLME) can be used as a treatment for arthritis.

They very kindly gave me the opportunity to interview John Croft, a New Zealand marine scientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the life cycle of the green lipped mussel who have written extensively on GLME as a treatment for arthritis.

You can read my interview below as well.

Now I have no idea how well GLME works so if you have used it to treat arthritis then it would be great if you shared your story in the comments section below.

Arthritic disorders are one of the most significant causes of debilitating mobility and pain problems. Thanks very much.

So first up the PR story.

The number of people who have arthritis is thought to have risen four fold over 50 years and by 2030, it is estimated that 67 million adults will have doctor diagnosed arthritis with 37% of those estimated to report arthritis related activity limitations.

20% of adults in the UK consult their GP each year with a musculoskeletal problem accounting for one in six consultations, 8.8 million physiotherapy consultations and over 3.5 million calls per year to emergency services. The demands on the NHS are already considerable with experts predicting an unsustainable weight in years to come.

There are now more people over 60 years of age than there are children under five. Ensuring a quality of life for an ageing population is key. Prevention or cure for joint degeneration is not possible however, in many cases the progression can be slowed down. Knowing what treatments are best to take to maintain a lifestyle is well debated especially with some pain relieving products causing stomach discomfort and other side effects for a number of people that take them.

One such alternative which has been extensively researched is green-lipped mussel extract (GLME) which is the basis for a new book by renowned marine scientist, John Croft. John’s review, ‘Arthritis and Aging, Solutions from the Sea’ explores more than 40 years of international research into the use of marine based compounds in human and animal health. The findings within John’s review have particular relevance for sufferers of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and age-related degenerative disease.

John’s published review has indicated that the specific nature of GLME – known as Seatone in the UK – may help inhibit age related joint degeneration and may help reduce inflammation, pain and joint immobility caused by arthritic disorders.

Osteoarthritis isn’t just an age-related condition however and can also affect people with physically demanding lifestyles.

Joining Croft for the interview was Dr Chris Steele from ITV’s This Morning.

PATIENT TALK: Dr Chris first, what exactly is arthritis and what are the symptoms?

Steele – Arthritis is basically in an inflammation of a joint, and most of us will know somebody with arthritis – normally osteoarthritis – which is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition of wear and tear and inflammation in the joint that comes on over time and is more common in people over 55.

PATIENT TALK – What is the difference between as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and other forms such as gout?

Steele – Well there are many different types of arthritis, and it does get complicated.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a different type of disease process altogether. It’s not the wear and tear of osteoarthritis but a condition known as an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissue – and we are not sure why. It tends to affect the joints of the fingers , wrist and the toes. Interestingly it tends to affect both sides. It is symmetrical and women are more affected than men. It also comes on in a younger age group, so 20 – 50 years of age.

PATIENT TALK – Is fibromyalgia a form of arthritis?

Steele – Myalgia means pain in the muscles, and fibro refers to fibres: tissues, tendons, ligaments etc. So with fibromyalgia you have got the inflammation or tenderness of muscles, tendons and ligaments which can cause acute tender spots, specific spots all over the body. It can cause fatigue, sleep disturbance and is one of those conditions for which there is no test: they can’t test you and say, ‘yes, the test is positive – you’ve got fibromyalgia’. But a lot of people suffer the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

PATIENT TALK – And what are the typical treatments for arthritis at the moment?

Steele – Well, basically if you have “twinges in your hinges”, pain in your knees and joints, and are over 55 years old, you will just try and help yourself – take some painkillers or stronger anti- inflammatory tablets you can get over the counter.

If you are not getting much response then you should probably be going to see your G.P who can give you something stronger or maybe a different type of medication, maybe get some physiotherapy booked for you and then see how it goes. But alongside all of this, a lot of people will look for alternative or complementary therapy even before they get to the G.P by just trying to help themselves.

PATIENT TALK – John, tell us about your research into arthritis and the possible benefits of this substance called ‘Green Lipped Mussel Extract?’

Croft – This dates back to 1972 in New Zealand. It was there that we learned that the green lipped mussel had anti- inflammatory properties and so we began the research with the University of Auckland and the department of medicine there.

They were able to make a powder from the extract which actually did work and helped both human and animal subjects. It has been in clinical trials in several countries. My contribution has also been on the laboratory side, finding out precisely how it works , what it does to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritic disorder, and now also with age-related joint degeneration.

PATIENT TALK – Can you tell us a little bit more about how you think it works?

Croft – What we now know is that has range of anti-inflammatory properties, the main one is due to carbohydrate component in the muscles which inhibits the immune cells, the white cells, in the blood stream from escaping, being over-excited, out of balance and attacking our own tissues, attacking good cells instead of just antigens.

The green mussel extract also contains omega 3 fatty acids naturally, which inhibit the components that actually cause the degeneration of cartilage in the joint.

PATIENT TALK – How long do you have to take it for before it starts to work?

Croft – For most people it takes 4 – 6 weeks for it to start working, slowly and progressively. The maximum time would be 12 weeks. If it hasn’t worked for someone in 12 weeks-time, well then it’s probably not suitable for that person.

PATIENT TALK – And have you taken this yourself?

Croft – I have taken it for the last 16 years because of my age, I’ve never had arthritis but I’ve now got age-related joint degeneration simply by growing old and I’m fully fit, I’m fully mobile and pain free, I’m grateful to say.

PATIENT TALK – What are the cost implications? Is this potentially an expensive treatment, or is it something that could be made available on the NHS?

Croft: I have no idea what it costs in the UK. I know what it costs in New Zealand, and it doesn’t seem expensive to me. I do know that you cannot get it on prescription. It is not a prescription item, but doctors can actually ask people or suggest that people try it.

PATIENT TALK – Would it also help with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?

Croft: For rheumatoid arthritis, the anti-inflammatory compound in it can help there with chronic rheumatoid, not acute. With fibromyalgia, I can’t really comment as we have never looked at that disorder.

PATIENT TALK – Thank you both very much.

3-5 cups of coffee per day may reduce Cardiovascular Disease mortality risk by up to 21%

Coffee and Cardiovascular disease
Coffee and Cardiovascular disease

A recent report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health, highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) mortality risk.

The report concludes that, based on current research, moderate coffee consumption at approximately 3–5 cups per day may have a protective effect against CVD mortality risk. The finding is significant given that coronary heart disease and stroke remain the primary cause of death across Europe; responsible for 51% of all deaths in women and 42% of all deaths in men. Over four million people die from CVD annually in Europe and overall, CVD is estimated to cost the EU economy €196 billion every year.

Carlo La Vecchia, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community, University of Milan, commented:  “It is important to acknowledge factors which might have a protective effect against CVD mortality. Moderate coffee consumption could play a significant role in reducing CVD mortality risk which would impact health outcomes and healthcare spending across Europe.”

Key report highlights:

  • The lowest CVD mortality risk is seen at an intake of approximately 3 cups of coffee per day, with a percentage risk reduction of up to 21%.1
  • Two 2014 meta-analyses suggest an association between coffee consumption and CVD risk, proposing a ‘U-shaped’ pattern whereby optimal protective effects were achieved with 3-5 cups of coffee per day.3,4
  • Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to consuming none or less than 2 cups per day.1 People with diabetes typically have a higher CVD mortality risk, therefore this association may be linked to a decreased CVD risk.5
  • Half of CVD cases in women could be avoided by modifying lifestyle choices, as approximately 73% of CHD cases and 46% of clinical CVD are attributable to an unhealthy lifestyle.6

The mechanisms of action behind the associations are unclear, however areas of interest for future research include the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of coffee, and the known association between coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes risk reduction as CVD mortality is typically higher in this group.  It is important to note that results differ between varying populations; it is suggested that 2 cups of coffee per day may offer the greatest protection in a Japanese population, whilst 3 cups may provide the greatest protection in UK and US populations.

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