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About Pearl as a Nutritional Supplement

Varieties and Grading

Basically, there are two types of pearls: natural and cultivated. Natural pearls are much more expensive and are considered to be superior to cultivated pearls for both external, cosmetic use and internal, nutritional use.

The natural pearls used in herbalism are very small. The smaller the pearl, the more potent and effective it is as an herb. Some pearls are not much larger than a grain of salt. These very small pearls, which are softer, can be easily crushed and ground into very fine powder, which can be absorbed with relatively high efficiency by the digestive tract.

Larger pearls tend to be much harder to grind into fine powder and are thus harder to digest. Small natural pearls are quite expensive, costing between $100 and $1,000 an ounce at Chinese herb shops in Hong Kong or in America.

Cultivated pearls are not considered to be of the same herbal quality as natural pearls. They tend to be large and difficult to grind into fine powder.

However, over the last decade a new technology has developed in China whereby the cultivated pearls are "hydrolyzed". Through modern advanced bio-chemical technology, Pearl can now be virtually totally water-soluble. The result is pure instant Pearl powder. The solubility rate for this hydrolyzed Pearl is 98 percent, and of this, studies have shown that 95 percent is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract.

This absorbability is approximately four times the bioavailability of normal ground Pearl and double that of the finest-ground natural Pearl. This bioavailability and the enormous reduction in cost make hydrolyzed Pearl an extraordinary value for all but the richest of herbal consumers-and even for the rich and famous, a blend of hydrolyzed and premium natural Pearl is probably best.

In buying supplements with Pearl powder, be sure that you are buying a brand that you can trust.

If you are buying your own pearls to grind, do not use cultivated pearls unless they are hydrolyzed (dissolvable). Do not buy dissolvable, hydrolyzed pearl powder from a dealer that you do not know and trust. Some Pearl powders on the market are not real Pearl, or contain Pearl mixed with adulterants. Some of these counterfeits come in lovely packages, but they are worthless. Good Pearl powder costs a little more than the cheaper brands but is well worth the added expense. My advice in buying pearls: Buy high quality natural Pearl or buy the most expensive hydrolyzed Pearl you can find.

Preparation and Utilization

Pearl can be fed to the skin both through external application and by taking it as a supplement. Many women are familiar with Pearl creams, but few are aware that Pearl is even better utilized by consuming it and letting it nourish the skin through the bloodstream. The best Pearl creams now use hydrolyzed, dissolvable pearl, since it is easily absorbed in the skin. Use according to instructions.

If you buy high grade natural pearls and have them ground into a fine powder, consuming between two and five grams a month is sufficient to improve the beauty of the skin and to adjust shen. Simply place a little of the powder on your tongue and swallow with a drink. If you buy hydrolyzed Pearl powder, consuming between 500mg (1/2g) and one gram per day is usually sufficient to achieve the best results. Be consistent and the results will amaze you.

Contraindications

None. Pearl is extremely safe. Safety studies on hydrolyzed Pearl have shown it to be absolutely harmless. It can be taken by anybody for the course of a lifetime without negative side effects.

Dr. Lin's Formulas

Luminous Pearl Extract Skin Formula is a unique formulation that features a hydrolyzed extract of fresh water pearl in addition to four fresh white flowers, each individually selected from the different seasons in which they bloom.

Pearl has been used for centuries for its ability to accelerate the regeneration of new skin cells, thus creating a smooth, radiant complexion.

The variety of fresh flowers used in this formulation have traditional properties that assist in the skins balance regarding moisture, tone and elasticity.

Ingredients:
  • Fresh water oyster pearl
  • Fresh white peach flower
  • Fresh white lotus flower
  • Fresh white rose flower
  • Fresh snowflower
Function of Fresh Water Oyster Pearl

Modern
  • Pearl is a valuable mineral source (calcium, magnesium, zinc, strontium,selenium,copper) which aid in supplementing skin and bones
  • Contains dozens of amino acids that are necessary for maintaining health including eight that cannot be produced by the body
  • Participates in the development in RNA and DNA
  • Promotes the activities of important natural antioxidant enzyme SOD which aides in the prevention of development of melanin, which can cause freckles, dark patches and blemishes on the skin including pimples and boils
  • Aids in the regeneration of skin cells which contribute to healthy, smooth skin
Traditional
  • Softens and cools the liver
  • Promotes healing and generates flesh
  • Has been known too slow down the process and signs of skin aging
  • Promotes smooth flow of blood and energy circulation
  • Calms and centers the mind
Traditional Functions of the Four Flowers
  • Fresh white peach flower - moistens Lung which in-tam hydrates the skin; enhances the skins natural color and benefits overall skin luster
  • White lotus flower - clears heat and cools the liver, heart, and lung which aids in tissue regeneration; hydrates the skin; helps relieve skin discoloration, pigmentation, and blemishes
  • Fresh white rose flower - restores liver function to allow smooth flow of liver qi which aids in tissue regeneration and proper hormonal balance
  • Fresh snowflower - cool in nature; relieves skin pigmentation and balances skin tone and moisture
Recommended dosage: I capsule, 2 times a day, half an hour before meals. Thousands of people have experienced successful results from a variety of skin maladies, some within just a few weeks. This product is safe for daily use with no harmful side effects.
Reference
From Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of Chinese Tonic Herbs, by Ron Teeguarden. Reprinted without permission.


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