The greatest success stories for Marine Ingredients in the pharmaceutical industry come from the shallower regions of the sea. The most promising marine-derived ingredients include the anti-viral acyclovir and its relative zidothymidine (AZT), which is used to delay development of AIDS, along with the anti-cancer drug, Ara-C. These drugs owe their existence to materials originally isolated from marine sponges. For Skin Health, an extract made from Caribbean sea whip (soft coral) Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae has been the active Marine Ingredient in health products for a number of years. The commercially available cosmetic grade extract is a partially purified extract of Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae that contains pseudopterosins (a deterrent for most predators and microbes), which modify the inflammatory arachidonic acid cascade and are effective skin anti-inflammatory agents.
Hypo-Allergenic and Toxin-Free
While synthetic sponges are often made from petroleum bi-products, and normally treated with toxic substances, organic sea sponges are actually filled with natural enzymes that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, making them toxin-free and hypo-allergenic.
Synthetic sponges are treated with trisclosan, an antimicrobial chemical to combat bacteria and mold. This common disinfectant is not only known to be harmful to the nervous system and hormone balance in our bodies, it can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin.
Organic sea sponges are not only self-cleaning through their own natural enzymes but through an intricate system of canals. Therefore, they wash out more quickly and easily, and will not retain objectionable odours.
The scientific research team behind CLINIVITA researches Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae for its Human health benefits.