Women have sought out anti-aging lotion, potions, and elixirs for centuries. Just like us, women of days gone by gave priority to their skincare regime. We can glean a lot of insight from those who have succeeded in finding various natural products that will restore our skin to its youthful glow.
Asian beauties of yester-millenia used organic and ayurvedic remedies like aromatherapy, facial masks, and herbs to maintain their flawless, porcelain-like complexions. And their efforts paid off big time. Empress Wu Zetian officially ruled as emperor of China during the Zhou dynasty from 690 – 705 AD. She was the only female emperor of China in over four thousand years. When she took the throne at age 65 her beauty had become legendary and her skin was said to be as radiant as that of a young woman. Her secret was using pearl powder both internally and externally.
When we think of pearls, we think of elegant jewelry to be worn, not consumed. An ancient Chinese text, the Bencao Gangmu by Li Shizhen, stated that pearls could stimulate new skin growth and heal sun damaged and aging skin.
Benefits for Skin, Hair & Nails
Pearl Powder is deemed one of the most precious dietary supplements in the Orient. It contains dozens of minerals, including; calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, strontium, copper, selenium, silicon, titanium, and more. Pearl contains calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate, ferric oxide and silica, which makes it a leading anti-aging substance. But, its major mineral is calcium which is highly absorbable. In one small study, pearl outperformed inorganic calcium carbonate in bone mineral density. Lost Empire’s pearl powder has 156 mg of highly absorbable calcium per gram.
Pearl powder is a complete protein. In addition to all eight essential amino acids, it has nine more. These include: Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Methionine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Leucine, Valine, Proline, Tyrosine, Cystine, Histidine, Taurine.
Pearl powder is protective to the skin from aging. It slows down the development of melanin which can cause freckles and skin spots. This may be due to the support of superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, one of the body’s strong antioxidants. It also contains the three amino acids, cysteine, glutamate and glycine needed to create the master antioxidant glutathione.
Pearl helps the skin to maintain hydration, creating a better barrier to retain water. Pearl has also been shown to enhance the healing of fibroblasts, the cells in collagen that produce collagen. Collagen gives skin its elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.
Bone, Joint & Recovery Support
Besides the skin, all of those collagen supporting properties work deeper in the body. Pearl powder helps with support strong bones as it helps with bone mineralization and the regulation of osteoblast and osteoclast function. This includes in cases of estrogen deficiency. These same benefits will also be great to anyone that needs added recovery like athletes.
Other Compounds & Benefits
There are other amazing compounds found inside of pearls that are only just being investigated scientifically:
- Alkaline Phosphatase, which may be one of the active components in biomineralization
- Porphyrin, the blue pigment in some pearl
One rat study saw reductions in reduced bodyweight, visceral fat and blood triglyceride levels without influencing food intake. Other historical uses include in cases of epilepsy, hypertension, insomnia, palpitations, ulcers and more.
Directions for Internal Use
Our recommended dosage is 300 to 500 mg or approximately 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon three times a day. This can be taken with or without food.
Mix pearl into water, tea, coffee, juice or smoothies. Easily dissolves in liquids when stirred in.
For best results take pearl powder for 60-90 days to notice skin and bone effects. The shen effects are likely felt quicker than this.
Directions for External Use
Pearl powder can be used effectively to make a mask. It can be mixed with other ingredients or used by itself just by mixing it with water. Mix a small amount of water with the powder until you have a thick liquid. Apply to your face and let sit for ten minutes before rinsing.
Many people use a similar process as a spot treatment for acne.