Superfood Spotlight: Pearl Powder

What you should know: Believe it or not, pearls are more than just a glamorous accessory piece – they’re also a superfood! Pearl powder is revered by the hard-core health set as one of the top tonic herbs for beauty, and has been used by Asian royalty for centuries to prevent the development of melanin, which causes dark skin pigmentation due to age and sun exposure. Pearl powder stimulates something called SOD activity, which utilizes powerful SOD antioxidants to help fade colored blemishes, reduce wrinkling and scarring, and even eliminate the occasional pimple.

Why you should try it: Pearl powder will not only put you en route to flawless skin on the outside, but it will also build precious mineral reserves on the inside. Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, silica and amino acids, pearl powder can help maintain strong bones and teeth and even help prevent osteoporosis. What’s more? Pearl powder can zen you out. Known as a powerful Shen (spirit) stabilizer, it supports mood stability with its soothing and calming nature. Its spirit-building capabilities can help to relieve the uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension associated with occasional stress, leaving you cool, calm and collected.

Let’s get together: Don’t fret – you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite pearl necklace or go oyster-diving to have access to this precious beautifying agent! Pearl Powder by Dragon Herbs is our top pick when it comes to this superfood supplement, but if you are looking for a more well-rounded anti-aging option formulated specifically for women, then try Magu’s Treasure. Your medicine cabinet just got a whole lot more luxurious.

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  1. I found this article interesting but would like to urge caution for a couple for reasons. Freshwater mussels and saltwater oysters (primary sources of pearls) are filter-feeders and can bioaccumulate toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, etc. Do a quick search in Google Scholar for “heavy metals in mussel shells”. The process of making a pearl is secreting substances similar to making the actual mussel shell. Secondly, see this recent and very good article about the current pearl industry in China-http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/china%E2%80%99s-pearl-industry-an-indicator-of-ecological-stress. Sound ecological practices should be of upmost importance because it benefits not only the environment but humans as well. The minerals present in pearls are readily available in other supplements, for instance. There are great alternative products for calcium-magnesium and the other minerals listed above. As for skin quality, I would firstly consider diet (e.g., how much/type of dairy consumption?) and practical skin care (hat and long sleeves!). Lastly, I do really enjoy the articles on The Chalkboard, so thanks!

    Sarah | 03.13.2014 | Reply
  2. sarah, thank you so much for sharing this! such great information!!

  3. Sarah, thank you for your post. Here in Mexico we use “concha nacar” pearl powder in lotions and pomades to treat scars, as a skin whitening agent, and general skin beautifier. I’ve used it myself with great results. I had never heard of eating the pearl powder until I read this article, and I feel iffy about the concept. However, I am even more iffy after looking at all the information you’ve provided. I also did a thorough search using scientific databases I have access to through school. Thank you for taking the time to provide the links and info, it’s important that we get the whole picture.
    I’m still grateful for this post because I believe more people should know about the skin benefits of pearl powder!

    Sharon | 03.14.2014 | Reply
  4. I’m wondering you receive any compensation for the products you recommend ? I love this website and always refer to it. I am curious though.
    Thank you

    kimberly | 02.23.2017 | Reply
  5. I bought pearl powder from Taiwan. Can i take pearl powder, a quarter of a tea spoon in water, every day?

    Lydia Ee | 12.11.2018 | Reply

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