4 Great Sea Foods for Health & Beauty
Here is a list of some of my favorite foods from the sea that have a great benefit to skin health. Sea salt and sea algaes are favorites in the spa world for thier skin cleansing, detoxifying and firming properties.
Sea Salt - Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with minimal processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. The most notable differences between sea salt and table salt are in their taste, texture and processing. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains additives and anti-caking agents to prevent clumping.
Beauty Note: Sea salt can be a wonderful staple in your skin care regimen. For a great body exfoliants mix oil with fine grain sea salt and massage over the skin prior to bathing. Throw a cup or two of sea salt into the bath water for a fantastic re-mineralizing soak. Dead Sea salts are excellent for this.
Sea Plants – There are many incredible plants growing in the sea which are beneficial to include in a healthy diet. There are several varieties of seaweeds that have been a staple in Asian cuisine for centuries. Seaweeds like wakame, dulse, nori and others contain a very high profile of essential amino acids and are a good source of omega-3. Seaweed contains virtually all the minerals found in the ocean and they are an excellent source of iodine, magnesium, Vitamin K, iron, calcium, and the B-vitamins folate and riboflavin. The iodine and magnesium content are especially beneficial to thyroid health. Seaweed tastes delicious in salads, soups and many Asian style dishes.
Beauty Note: Sea algaes are re-knowned for their skin softening and moisturizing properties. The French have been studying and pioneering the use of sea products for slimming and firming treatments at their famous “thallaso-therapy” centers for years.
Fatty Fishes -There are numerous health benefits associated with the consumption of oily fish. Oily fish is very rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. While white fish also contains these fatty acids, levels are much lower. Research indicates that the higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory benefit. This in turn can reduce the risk heart disease, improve mental ability, decrease inflammation in inflamed joints and help keep joints lubricated. Some good choices for fish are wild-caught salmon, anchovies, herring, eel, sardines and trout. These fish generally have lower levels of mercury as well.
Beauty Note: Consuming fish with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids and/or taking certain fish oil supplements can help regulate hormonal imbalances that cause dry skin and acne. As we age, fat cells in our skin's outer layers tends to thin out resulting in wrinkles. Omega-3s help make that layer thicker and smoother.
Oysters - Oysters are the richest source of zinc of any food around. One cup of raw oysters contains 650% of the recommended daily value of zinc. The main function of zinc is to boost the body's immune system. A one cup serving of oysters contains 362% of the recommended daily intake of B-12, 13 percent of riboflavin and 11 percent of niacin. Oysters are also loaded with Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are good for your joints, skin, vision, brain, heart, and helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. According to the Resources Defense Council, oysters are one of the least contaminated types of seafood when it comes to mercury.
Beauty Note: Zinc can be very helpful in controlling acne and other skin disorders.