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Chia Seeds ~ A Super Food and Ingredient

 

Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanic plant which is a member of the mint family and was known as a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. The seeds and oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids. They also provide a great source of energy that won’t keep you up at night as well as excellent for weight loss.

Due to the nutritional value, chia seeds has found its way into our diets through various recipes and concoctions such as sauces, jellies, thickeners, smoothies and carbohydrate substitutes just to name a few.

These precious little seeds have also extended their use into the skin care world through skincare products and nutrition or ‘food for the skin’.

Nutritional Values

• Rich in essential fatty acids
• Anti-inflammatory properties
• Boost metabolism
• Promotes nerve transmission
• Increase in energy production
• High in mineral and vitamins

Usage in Skin Care Products

• Cleansers
Exfoliants
• Masks
• Eye creams
• Moisturizers
• Serums

The benefits and side effects of chia seeds are not fully understood, however through further research and studies there is bound to be more opportunities yet to come.

Stay Tuned!!!!

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Goji Berries

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries are native to Asia primarily China. The red small berry is credited for its anti aging properties and regarded as the “longevity fruit”. The goji berries are most noted for its high content of vitamins and other nutrients or antioxidants. It’s higher in beta-carotene than carrots.

Antioxidants in goji berries include; and are good for body functions

•  Vitamin C ~ heart health
•  Beta-carotene ~ immunity
•  Cystine ~ immunity
•  B2 (riboflavin) ~conversion of carbohydrates into fuel
•  Maganese ~ skin bones, cartilage
•  Zinc ~ wound healing fertility, vision, immunity
•  Copper ~ energy, hormone, skin
•  Selenium ~ liver, thyroid, immunity

Those that eat goji berries often report the following benefits;

•  Better vision
•  More energy
•  Better digestion
•  More radiant hair color
•  Healthier skin
•  Better sleeping habits
•  Stronger immune system
•  Mood enhancement

More recent goji berry extracts have used in skin care preparations and remedies for those seeking to nourish their skin. It has been noted in Tibetan medicine that the goji berries were used for healing skin rashes including psoriasis. As research continues on this super food, there will be more information and facts to support potential usage.

SO EAT UP!

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Most Common Types of Skin Cancer

There are three different types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. The major cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light or sun rays. Skin cancer can kill or cause bad scarring, however may be prevented with proper precautions. Some individuals are more inclined to skin cancer than others depending on history, medication, lifestyle, etc.

•Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and often appears on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, the face and most common, decollete or chest, arms and legs. The irritated skin or tumor can be crusty or even itchy sometimes can bleed.

•Squamous Cell Carcinoma, found in the squamous cells is responsible for 15-20% of skin cancers. The tumor can resemble a red or flat, flaky irritation and grow quickly. It appears on parts of the body exposed to the sun and rarely kills. If left unattended it can spread to other parts of the body.

•Malignant Melanoma, found in the melanocytes or pigment cells can be deadly if not diagnosed early on. It appears like a mole, can be multiple colors, can be larger or uneven than normal moles. It’s often found in areas where there is little or no sun exposure.

To prevent skin cancer always wear sun protection, hat, sun clothing, sun glasses avoiding the sun from 11am to 4pm and seek shade when ever possible. Re-apply your sunscreen often!!!

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