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 a pearl powder supplement both internally and externally.
An ancient Chinese text, the Bencao Gangmu by Li Shizhen, stated that pearl could stimulate new skin growth, healing damage from the sun and aging.* And although its benefits for the skin are it’s most well known attribute, pearl does much else.
Pearl is mineral rich. The major mineral it has is calcium which is highly absorbable. In one small study, pearl outperformed inorganic calcium carbonate in bone mineral density.*
Our pearl supplement powder has 156 mg of highly absorbable calcium per gram.
Pearls are created in similar ways to human calcium metabolism on the DNA level, meaning that these nutrients may be more beneficial than most other sources.*
It is also rich in many other major and trace minerals including magnesium, manganese, strontium and much smaller amounts of many more.
Pearl powder is a complete protein. In addition to all eight essential amino acids it has nine more. These include: Aspartic Acid, Thronine, Serine, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Methionine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Leucine, Valine, Proline, Tyrosine, Cystine, Histidine, Taurine.
Pearl supplement 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 been shown to enhance the healing of fibroblasts, the cells in collagen that produce collagen.*[4,5] Collagen gives skin its elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.
Some of the benefit may come from complex signaling proteins found in pearl including conchioline, nacrein, mucoperlin, lustrin, perlucin. As these are used in creation of the pearls, they likely interract with keratin, collagen and other cell types that are only beginning to be scientifically studied.*
Besides the skin, all of those collagen supporting properties work deeper in the body.
Pearl powder supplement 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.
There are other amazing compounds found inside of pearls that are only just being investigated scientifically:
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.*
Pearl is also well known for helping to support the mood when taken internally.* In Chinese medicine this is known as a great Shen Tonic. This can help with stress, nervousness and sleeplessness.*
One study found that pearl helped to down-regulate the 5-HT activity, and upregulate GABA activity, which may be some of the physiological action behind these benefits.*
Another Chinese study gave pearl powder supplement to children with mental disabilities and found statistically significant increases in IQ in the majority of them.*
As opposed to many of the herbs we carry at Lost Empire Herbs, pearl is cold energetically, which can help bring balance to many of the heating herbs available.
In TCM, pearl works on the heart and liver meridians.
Regular pearl powder is not water-soluble and thus, certain components like the calcium and keratoprotein may not be absorbable by the human body.
Our pearl powder is processed with lactic acid bacteria, in a fermentation process, using various enzymes which makes it water soluble, activating the calcium and freeing up amino acids and other elements. This enzymatic process also gives our pure pearl powder a sour taste.
This is also known as hydrolyzed pearl powder. It is also micronized. The particle size is 200 mesh or 74 micrometers.
Our pure pearl powder comes from Hyriopsis cumingii, which is a kind of fresh water pearl.
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.
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.
Lastly, pearl powder can be used as a face powder. Put a small amount into a saucer and use a fluffy makeup brush to brush it over your face. As a powder it works as an exfoliating agent.
|Dimensions||9 × 7 × 3 in|
1/8-1/4 Tsp (300 to 600mg) 3X Daily
|Size & Servings||
50 Grams Per Bag
Micronized & Fermented
Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Vegan Friendly
|Does not Contain||
GMO's, Fillers, Preservatives, Added Sugar, Artificial Flavorings or Colorings
Pearl Powder for Anti-aging & Beauty External and Internal Use 1.76 oz (50g)
|Alt. Short Description||
Pearl powder is protective to the skin from aging by its ability to help maintain hydration. Pearl has been shown to enhance the healing of fibroblasts, the cells in collagen that produce collagen.
Details about Pearl:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”What is pearl powder?” style=”fancy”] It is a preparation of pearls, coming from shelled mollusks like oysters and mussels, that are cleaned and ground down to a powder to be used topically or internally.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What species is your pearl from?” style=”fancy”] Triangle shell mussels (Hyriopsis cumingii)[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Where does your pearl come from?” style=”fancy”]China. This appears to be the only place available that is currently making food-grade pearl powder commercially available.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Is this from fresh or saltwater peals?” style=”fancy”] Freshwater [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is this powder free from heavy metals?” style=”fancy”] You can find our independent lab testing for pearl and heavy metals here. It passes with flying colors for all. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is this pearl powder mixed with other powders?” style=”fancy”]No, it is 100% pearl powder. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is this made with shell at all or is it 100% pearl?” style=”fancy”]It is 100% pearl, and is considered medical grade. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What does micronized pearl powder mean?” style=”fancy”]Pearl powder must be ground down to a fine powder before being used. Some powders, like ours, are micronized. Others are made nano-sized. There is debate as to whether one option is better than the others. Ours comes in at 200 mesh size, which is equal to 74 micrometers. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What does hydrolyzed pearl powder mean?” style=”fancy”] A modern enzymatic process, the hydrolyzation process for pearl powder involves lactic acid bacteria, in a fermentation process, using various enzymes which makes it water-soluble, activating the calcium and freeing up amino acids and other elements. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How much calcium is in pearl powder?” style=”fancy”]Our testing reveals 156 mg per gram of powder. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
How to Take Pearl:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”How do you use this product? Do you ingest it, or is it for facial use?” style=”fancy”]Yes and yes. Our recommended internal 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. It can also be used topically on the skin, typically by mixing it with water or an oil base.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Does it dissolve in water?” style=”fancy”] Yes, but not instantly. It typically takes 1-2 minutes to completely dissolve.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What does it taste like?” style=”fancy”] Our pearl powder is sour because of the hydrolyzation process. Historically, in TCM pearl is said to be both salty and sweet. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Does this come in capsules?” style=”fancy”] No, not from us currently, but you can put the powder in capsules yourself. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”What is pearl powder for?” style=”fancy”] The main benefits that people take it for are three-fold. It is great for beauty (the skin, hair and nails), supports bones and joints, and helps calm the mind.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is pearl heating or cooling?” style=”fancy”]Pearl has a cooling energy, and thus is great to balance out our many other heating herbs.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is pearl powder safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?” style=”fancy”]While it has not been investigated by government bodies, so the standard disclaimer of do so at your own risk applies, pearl has a reputation of being used by pregnant and breastfeeding women, and helping to support their babies. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Can kids have pearl powder?” style=”fancy”] Yes. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Is Pearl Powder Safe?” style=”fancy”] Pearl powder is extremely safe and shouldn’t have any contraindications or mix poorly with any drugs or disease. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”I have a shellfish allergy. Can I take pearl?” style=”fancy”] Most people that have shellfish allergies are fine to take pearl powder. If you are extremely sensitive to shellfish please be safe though and start with a tiny dose just to be sure.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
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