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The Beautiful Superfood: Pearl

Did you know you can eat pearls for their various health benefits including skin and bone health, as well as cell renewal?

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Pink pearl in oyster shell

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Pearls are lovely accessories and can make you feel glamorous, but did you know that you can also eat them? Asian royalty have used pearl for centuries as a renowned tonic herb for health and beauty. In fact, pearl is packed with minerals, amino acids, and cofactors that make it one of the best anti-aging substances.

It is said to help with dark spots, sagging, and wrinkled skin which is due in part to its potent antioxidants that enhance the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the body's strongest enzymes.

Pearl powder is also considered al Shen stabilizer in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meaning it stabilizes one’s mood. It treats symptoms such as uneasiness, sleeplessness, nervousness, anxiety and tension. Essentially, pearl calms the spirit and supports the nervous system. It also can help increase energy levels and vitality.

The powerhouse of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, strontium, copper, selenium, silicon, titanium, and more, is impressive. Additionally, pearl is rich with amino acids, eight of which are “essential”—meaning they cannot be produced by the body, but are needed for overall good health.

Pearl powder is commonly used in China to support teeth and bone health as well as intelligence in children.

Certain components in pearl even participate in DNA and RNA metabolic activities to support cell renewal. The mucopolysaccharides in pearl also increases libido and boosts sexual vitality.

I guess we can’t call it the “new” superfood, but pearl is the ancient superfood that is newly trending again.

Have you ever taken pearl? In the comments below, tell us what you noticed.


Bess O'Connor

Bess O’Connor, a certified Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner, explores the heart of health at the core of alternative medicine, massage therapy, conscious movement, nutrition, meditation and other healing traditions.


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