SQUALANE, THE SOURCE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
Squalane is present in extra olive oil, providing it with one of the most significant nutritional virtues of this oil, which makes it, in the opinion of expert nutritionists, the source of the Mediterranean diet.
In the refining process of olive oils, this unsaponifiable is dragged into the deodorization process, along with other high-value molecules, such as tocopherols, sterols, etc. It concentrates on the distillate that arises from this oil treatment process.
Oleofat treats these distillates in order to recover the most desired nutrients, in particular squalane, which can be concentrated in ratios ranging from 10-25%. To this end, it undergoes a series of innovative treatments in order not to deteriorate this precious molecule and to obtain it at a high purity index, and subsequently transform it into squalane by means of hydrogenation, which is its most stable state for subsequent use in foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
In the human body squalene is synthesized in the liver and is present in the dermis, where it reaches proportions of up to 12% of this organ. Highest concentrations are found in babies, while humans gradually lose this molecule as they age.
The health benefits of squalene are undeniable and it is a very healthy way of keeping the body in shape, acting as a barrier in the aging process.
Properties and functions
- ANTIOXIDANT: Squalane is a powerful cellular protector after exposure to UV rays. Its toning properties contribute to improving the firmness and elasticity of the skin over time, making it useful for applications against skin aging.
- PROTECTOR of the epidermis against EXTERNAL AGENTS (chemical, physical and microbiological) such as burns, by improving the natural barrier against external contaminants.
- Contains BACTERICIDAL PROPERTIES.
- Boosts CELL RENEWAL.
- MOISTURIZER: Moisturizes and soothes dry skin, reducing redness and irritation.
- Moisturizer: provides a non-greasy and silky finish and contributes to softening the skin’s hardness.
- CARDIOPROTECTIVE: Its preventive effect reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- ANTICANCER: Helps prevent breast, colon, skin, liver, and pancreatic cancer.Several studies show that it enhances the cytotoxic activity of anti-tumor drugs, and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- It increases the IMMUNE SYSTEM response.
- Reduces headaches, weakness and fatigue.
- Enables coping with the effects of several DEGENERATIVE DISEASES.
Market and applications
In the COSMETICS and PERSONAL CARE sector, squalane has a variety of applications:
- Anti-aging, anti-acne, psoriasis and dermatitis creams
- Detoxifying creams
- Antibacterial creams
- Hair shampoos and lotions
- Bath oils
- Tanning lotion
- Cleansing creams
In the FOOD sector, it is used as a supplement aimed at:
- Boosting the immune system
- Improving the digestive system
- Helping to lose weight
- Preventing dizziness and eye problems
- Improving concentration
- Normalizing cholesterol levels
The PHARMACEUTICAL industry uses squalane as an adjuvant in vaccines and as a drug transporter.