Ingredients

Marine ingredients and Skin Health

  • Marine ingredients offer a range of health benefits, are more advanced scientif­ically than before and can be eco-friendly
  • Marine ingredients can help offer vitamins and minerals, UV and antioxidant protection, anti-ageing benefits and more
  • The harvesting and preserving of marine ingredients has become more sophisticated over the past several decades, helping to make more effective - as well as more environmentally friendly - ingredients
Scientists believe the first cell life to form on earth was a marine bacteria, or a very simple single-cell algae. The depths of the ocean provided a simple filtration system for the harsh UV rays that blazed down on the planet that, at the time, was devoid of an ozone layer. Thanks to the water’s protection from the harsh rays and the nutrients in seawater, species of microalgae could form and flourish.
Now, 3.8 billion years later on a planet with diverse marine and terrestrial plant content, many ingredients such as plankton, corals, sponges, fish and algae species are being seen as a wave of the future for topical skin health products.
As a picture begins to be painted of what marine-based skin health has to offer, it is important to understand the unique nutrient composition of the oceanic environment.

 

It’s no coincidence that seawater and blood plasma have a nearly identical chemical composition in terms of mineral and trace element levels. Both blood plasma and seawater contain naturally occurring trace elements and minerals, and the concentration of each mineral present is very similar. Seawater is so close to the body’s internal environment that if white blood cells are removed from the body and placed in a sterile diluted seawater solution, they are able to maintain normal cell function—and this is the only solvent that will accommodate continued cellular activity.

 

Marine Ingredients and the Human Body

The human body needs replenishment of minerals such as zinc, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium on a daily basis. Because seawater contains the body’s ideal balance of minerals, it is the perfect medium to restore these levels. Minerals and trace elements are important catalysts to all cell functions. Maintaining ideal mineral levels is key to preventing cellular imbalances and boosting every cell function.

Some of the most promising Marine Ingredients for Human Health are being extracted from:

 

Alpine ingredients and Health

The use of medicinal herbs has been an integral part of Alpine culture of Germany, Switzerland and Austria since before Roman times. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the spread of monasteries in Switzerland and Southern Germany helped lay the foundation of modern herbal medicine in the Alps. Monasteries at the time were important contributors in their communities, serving as both centers of intellectual progress and education. The ability of monks to record findings and share knowledge not only led to improvements in herbalism, but also led to the development of modern beer brewing. While this knowledge of beer brewing spread throughout the world, the cultivation of medicinal herbs native to the high altitude, mineral-rich soil of the Alps was impossible in many climates. 

Are high-mountain Alpine medicinal plants popularly considered more effective than lowland ones?

Most of the secondary metabolites that are present in plants are an outcome of stress response- adverse weather, disease, pests etc. High mountain plants or alpine vegetation is exposed to cold weather, lower water uptake hence water stress and so on. All these factors contribute to higher accumulation of secondary metabolites in these plants and many of them have significantly more potent therapeutic properties.

Some of the most promising Alpine Ingredients for Human Health are being extracted from: