2012 has already had quite a buzz about the hot ingredients in the beauty and health industry. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for these popular ingredients which are popping up everywhere and are a great addition to any health and beauty regimen!
The Prickly Pear—officially named Opuntia and also referred to as Nopal—is known for it’s medicinal treatments in diabetes, toothache, rheumatism, inflammation, cholesterol, ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders. With essential vitamins—such as A, B1, B2, B3 and C—and several minerals—including calcium, iron, potassium and sodium—Prickly Pear is thought to be a natural detoxifier that supports the liver. Other uses for Prickly Pear include boosting recovery after exercise, treating minor cuts and sunburn, and helping manage adult-onset type 2 diabetes.
Sea Buckthorn is a thorny bush with numerous health benefits, which include treatment of fevers and colds, circulatory conditions, inflammation, heart conditions, digestion, blood purification, skin conditions (e.g. acne, eczema and dermatitis) and burns. Recent research implies that Sea Buckthorn might also aid in weight control. It also contains several vitamins, making it beneficial to men and women alike, as it helps combat gynecological issues in women and may help treat prostate problems in men. One unique quality of Sea Buckthorn is that is contains Omega 7, which is found in only one other plant source, the macadamia nut.
Found naturally in fish, breast milk and meat, Taurine is an amino acid that is thought to have antioxidant properties. It supports neurological development and may also contain blood pressure lowering qualities. Taurine aids in generating nerve impulses by helping move magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium through cells. It is also thought to aid the treatment of arrhythmias and has shown effectiveness when used for hypertension.
Astaxanthin has been hailed as Mother Nature’s most powerful anti-aging molecule, which explains why it should be considered for any anti-aging routine. It also protects against inflammation, reduces DNA damage and has the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of any other molecule. Astaxanthin has several other health benefits, which include: gastric health, endurance and weight control, eye fatigue relief, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
These exciting ingredients have already made quite an impact in 2012 and we are excited to see what makes headlines in the months ahead! Have you recently discovered any new ingredients or Market America Health and Beauty products that have enhanced your beauty routine?