Insiders are predicting that the coffee berry extract will be the next big thing in the cosmetics industry due to its powerful antioxidants properties. The polyphenol anti-oxidants contained within the ingredient are believed to prevent cellular damage in skin when applied externally.
A test carried out on women aged 35 to 60 in an independent laboratory over three weeks proved the extract to be beneficial with respect to wrinkles, dry skin and discoloration.
According to Allure Magazine 'The texture and tone of the skin treated with coffeeberry extract showed 46 per cent improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, 64 per cent in overall skin smoothness, and 79 per cent in skin hydration.'
Research reports that Coffeeberries, the outer layer of the coffee fruit research, has 400 mg of concentrate that has a radical scavenging activity equal to 9.6 grams of fresh blueberries, 6.2 grams of strawberries, or 4.9 grams of raspberries.
This potent anti-radical power has not been commercially available previously because the fruit rapidly perishes, which is why only the bitter seed has been commercially exploited.
Coffeeberry contains five of eight rare and essential sugars called monosaccharides, with research indicating that these are essential for the proper functioning of various biological systems.
Almost half of the dry weight of the concentrate is made up of polysaccharides, such as mannans and arabinoglactan. Conventional roasting destroys these nutrients, so they are not found in traditional brewed coffee.
The food industry has been aware of the potential benefits of the ingredient for some time. Paul Schulick, Founder and CEO of New Chapter, said that the concentrate would become a core part of the company's nutritional program.
"CoffeeBerry is a complex whole-food antioxidant with extraordinary ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) values, but it is so much more than just the finest fruit antioxidant. It delivers many of the essential glyconutrients, or essential sugars, necessary to support multiple physiological processes," he said.
By Louise Prance, 19-Dec-2006
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