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The small, slippery and slimey green-blue growth of small plants like substance on the wet and moisture-rich area, tiles or bricks is called algae. We all know what algae is and we have seen it at least once in our lives. If you are very unlucky, you might have also once slipped on these slippery plants like growth. These in fact, are plants. They range from being unicellular to being multicellular and come in various shapes, sizes, colours and growth areas. People usually turn up their nose and feel irritated whenever they see algae growth, but did you know that even these weird little plants are very beneficial and useful to us. If you are wondering how, read on get enlightened.
Blue-green algae one of the most nutrient-rich food in aquatic plants, rather plants in general. It is rich in protein, Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. These are easy to digest and have been a part of the Asian cuisine for a long time. They are antioxidant rich, and anti-inflammatory in nature, thus help to detoxify the body and boosts immunity. You can also gain the benefits of this algae in capsule form, if you are not willing to eat them out of a plate.
When I was a kid, I used to watch a cartoon named The Little Mermaid. Arial the little mermaid, had really very beautiful red hair. I always felt envious of her long, beautiful, wavy hair flowing with the sea water and wondered, does she use any shampoo and conditioner to care for her hair and if she did which ones did she use? A while ago, I was reading about sea on the internet, where I read that marine plant extractions are very beneficial to revitalize and rejuvenate our skin, hair and health in general. Some algae directly get the sunlight under the sea water and thus are rich in antioxidants. They are also rich in calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin A, B, E and contain high quantity of protein. All these nutrients are really very helpful to stimulate healthy hair growth. It reduces scalp inflammation, heals damaged scalp, retards hair loss, and adds volume and shine to hair. Now I know the secret behind Arial’s beautiful hair. If you are interested in such beautiful hair, try an algae fortified shampoo or conditioner.
Similarly, the sea algae bring dramatic changes in our skin. That article mentioned that marine plants can survive in extreme conditions and readily adapt to the ever changing sea environment. This gives them the power to review and rejuvenate our skin. The sea algae are great for cleansing, toning, moisturizing and repairing our skin. The Vitamin A and C present in the sea algae regulates sebum production, sebum is the natural oil that your skin secrets to maintaining healthy skin. This sebum combines with dead skin cells and causes temporary skin disorders like acne, black and white heads. This is why anti-acne gel containing sea algae is very beneficial to reduce acne growth.
Red or brown algae fight against the signs of ageing by protecting cell membranes. It fights the free radicles and retards the skin ageing process. The red or brown algae also help to reorganise the cell membranes that slowly reverses and restores the skin back to its healthy form. This algae also enhances your skin complexion by cleansing and toning, which resulting into a fairer you, thus using a radiance cream with algae extract is great for your skin.
Red algae or brown algae is rich in antioxidants and is used in preparing eye creams. It also reduces the pigmentation, blotchiness and redness of the skin, giving you a brilliant glow and radiance. Topical application of eye creams containing red or brown algae fights free radicles and cellulite which in turn reduces the signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. It also reduces the dark patches and puffiness beneath our eyes and tightens and brightens the skin.
By now, you know all the skin related benefits of algae, so just in case you are interested in getting all the benefits using only one product, an algae soap is the best option for you.
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