Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward.1 Honey is truly a remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet. And while honey is high in fructose, it has many health benefits when used in moderation (assuming you're healthy). Before I delve into those, here's a brief "lesson" on how honey is made...
Honey is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.
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The Uses of Squalane for Skin Care Many beauty and skin care experts have lauded the effects of squalane on the skin. This oil, which occurs naturally in the body, is also found in olive oil and in the livers of certain sharks. Squalane is not to be confused with squalene, which is the non-hydrogenated form of shark liver oil and which tends to quickly oxidize when exposed to the air. More and more beauty products are adding squalane to their cosmetics, skin creams, and anti aging serum products because experts believe it is a natural moisturizer.
If you’re considering creating a skin regimen based on this oil, you should first learn a bit more about why so many skin care experts find it effective and whether or not you risk suffering any side effects from its use. Squalane as a Moisturizer Although squalane is produced naturally by the body, the production of this chemical slows drastically after age thirty, thus contributing to dry skin. Using a moisturizer with squalane may help restore the proper balance of the skin’s oils.
One benefit that many people enjoy about squalane is that even though it is technically an oil, it does not have an oily feel. It also has no odor and is non-comedonal, which means that it will not clog pores. This ingredient is also believed to have anti-bacterial properties, which may reduce the symptoms of existing acne without causing redness, stinging, or peeling. Products that contain squalane also tend to absorb slowly into the skin and may be more effective for sensitive skin, as the oil has been clinically proven to be non-irritating. Much like vitamin E, squalane creates a barrier between the skin and the environment so the skin can better retain moisture as it protects the external layer of the epidermis at the same time.
Using Squalane for Skin Problems
Many skin care experts and other medical professionals assert that squalane has a number of positive effects on uneven skin pigmentation, scars, and age spots. Much like retinol, this oil is believed to fight free radicals in the skin that are caused by the sun’s UV rays. This is an important consideration, because dark spots on face and hands are often caused by the skin’s reaction to long-term exposure to the sun, which creates more melanin in those areas to protect it. The use of beauty products that contain squalane may fade these marks over time because of the oil’s ability to sink deep into the skin and repair it. Keep in mind, however, that the effectiveness of squalane on UV-damaged skin is still being studied, so it’s important that you remain realistic about the results you expect to achieve.
Squalane as an Anti-Aging Ingredient Several studies conducted in recent years show that squalane not only hydrates and softens the skin, but may also be an effective anti-aging ingredient. Because squalane spreads easily over the skin and penetrates so deeply, it may help to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It may also fight aging by protecting the skin from UV rays and free radicals, which destroy skin cells and damage the skin’s natural collagen.
The Side Effects of Squalane
While there are little to no known side effects that come from using squalane, there is the environmental concern that the squalane that is being harvested from sharks is threatening their population. If you want to take advantage of the purported benefits of this ingredient but object to these animals being killed to collect the oil, you do have a choice when making a purchasing decision. Read product labels to see if the squalane was derived from plants, such as olives, or if it was harvested from captured sharks. Maximise these health benefits with 99.9% pure Squalene oil from Natural Life™ Squalene. Natural Life ™ Squalene is a premium quality product from the southern dogfish shark which has been shown to yield the highest concentration of squalene and alkyglycerides. Natural Life™ Squalene is proudly Australian Made, Australian owned and manufactured in a GMP facility, so you can trust the quality and purity of the product and our processes in delivering this premium natural health product to you.
In Australia, we’re lucky to have low-levels of pollution, but overseas is another story. Internationally, there is rising alarm about pollution and its impact on public health.
What is pollution, and what effects does it have on health?
Pollution comes from various sources including dust, mould, chemical sprays and toxins, but the pollution we read about in the media is what we commonly call ‘smog.’
The technical term for smog is 'ground level ozone', and it occurs when sunlight combines with chemical pollutants from vehicle and industrial emissions. This is why smog is more common in highly populated industrial cities and is more prevalent in summer or warm climates. Smog levels are at the highest at the end of the day - after a day’s emissions and heat. Frequent exposure to ground level ozone pollution is known to have negative health implications in both the short and long term.
How can air pollution affect me?
Air pollution has a strong effect on people with existing respiratory or health issues like asthma, bronchitis or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Smog aggravates these conditions and may intensify symptoms; coughing, wheezing and inflammation or trigger an asthma attack.
More general effects in healthy people include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and an increased chance of respiratory infections. Those most likely to be affected are the very old, very young, pregnant women and people who work or exercise outdoors in high-smog areas, including children.
Long term health impact of pollution exposure
The negative effects of long-term pollution exposure are becoming a grave point of concern for public health. Some potential health risks of long term pollution exposure include:
- Reduced lung capacity
- Decreased lung function
- Greater likelihood of respiratory illness and infection
- Aggravated cardio vascular illness
- Premature aging of the lung tissue
- Shortened life span
Many people feel unable to escape the risk of environmental pollution, with good reason. There are however, some things that may help reduce the impact of pollution on your health.
What you can do to lower your risk
- Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) in your city or town. Use a website like this as a guide: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.international
- Manage when and where you exercise; eg. exercise outdoors in the morning only. Don’t exercise near busy roads or industrial areas, and not at all if the AQI is high
- Avoid being outdoors in the early afternoon or evening, especially on hot days
- Don’t smoke (!!)
- Cleanse your respiratory tract often; use a saline solution, eucalyptus steaming or a neti pot
- Try natural foods, herbs and supplements known to improve or support respiratory health
You can also improve the air quality in your home: keep indoor plants, limit your use of chemical sprays, the burning of wood, gas, candles or incense and invest in a home air purifier*.
*These steps don’t directly address smog, but will improve the air quality your breath most often to help support your lung health and respiratory system.
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