From Nature, three key remedies for our liver

Spring is associated to wood element in traditional Chinese medicine – symbolizing rebirth – and it is related to specific organs such as liver and gall-bladder. By encompassing such Oriental tradition, we should consider the idea to purify our “overloadedliver after winter and to help its correct function. Such an organ – actually the biggest gland of our body – works in a “silent” way so that we are not very familiar with its functions. Liver operates in a series of important activities: it intervenes in intestine mediated fat absorption, in endogenous cholesterol synthesis, in body cells’ feeding, in elimination of toxic substances (i.e. drugs), in coagulation factors’ biosynthesis and it represents a storing place for our essential nutrients such as iron, copper and vitamin B12. Liver is an endless chemical transformation laboratory helping near organs (pancreas, intestine and kidneys) with the final aim of wellness of the whole organism.

Upon considering the above concepts, I understand now the repeated recommendations to consume dandelion, lemon, artichokes and I’d like to thank my yoga teacher which makes me writhe to re-activate full liver functionality! According to Chinese medicine, liver is appointed to distribute energy in the whole body to the point that the frequent springtime tiredness sensation could be caused by overloaded liver. That’s why we should take care of such a precious organ!

A correct dietary habit is the actual starting point: food that increases gastric secretion and acts as tonic for the whole system could be useful.

  1. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus), known as “liver’s friend” in the old Literature, is one of the most cultivated edible plant in the World. Its extracts have been used since ancient times for hepatic disorders. Its beneficial properties – known since XVII century – are now supported also by scientific research which confirms the protective action on liver[1]. highlithing other therapeutic properties like the antioxidant and the activity in reducing lipid and glycemic content.[2] Artichokes protect and prevent oxidation on liver along with boldine (active principle of boldo),[3] vitamin E , C and minerals as Zinc and  Copper.
  2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) which is best known as “lion’s tooth”, with its very common and typical yellow flower in meadows and countryside during springtime, boasts relevant detoxification properties on liver along with diuretic actions. Dandelion, as revealed by the common name piscialetto (the italian for bed wetter) is known since the most traditional use for its capacity to help liquid drainage, both at intestinal and kidney level along with choleretic, digestive and depurative properties useful when general detox is needed.
  3. The last ingredient I’d like to talk about is Olive (Olea europaea): a common plant widely distributed in Mediterranean areas and in Italy in particular. Both fruit and leaves are full of active principles,which are collected in the standardized olive extract, in particular oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol boast beneficial properties such as antioxidant, hepatoprotective properties [4] and help lower and protect from oxidation blood LDL (low density lipoproteins) commonly known as “bad cholesterol”, which are often involved in the problems of the circulatory system.

Very common edible plants with a typical bitter taste such as artichoke, milk thistle, gentian, dandelion are well widespread in Mediterranean areas but sometimes they are not always available on our table so we can find easily in a dietary supplement which collects them in a single capsule and is formulated to help liver functions and its equilibrium. The dietary supplement Epo Stim® by BeC Natura contains all those ingredients and it could be consumed along with Depur Plus® supplement to promote physiological intestinal function and prevent overloaded liver after winter charges in order to better enjoy the benefit Springtime!

[1] Rangboo V, et al The Effect of Artichoke Leaf Extract on Alanine Aminotransferase and Aspartate Aminotransferase in the Patients with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis International Journal of Hepatology vol. 2016, Article ID 4030476, 6 pages, 2016.
[2] Rondanelli M, et al Health-promoting properties of artichoke in preventing cardiovascular disease by its lipidic and glycemic-reducing action Monaldi Arch Chest Dis 2013; 80: 17-26
[3] Kringstein P, Cederbaum AI, Boldine prevents human liver microsomal lipid peroxidation and inactivation of cytochrome P4502E1   Free Radic Biol Med. 1995; 18: 559-63
[4] Barbaro B, et alEffects of the Olive-Derived Polyphenol Oleuropein on Human HealthInt. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15, 18508-18524

 

VALU-CERT prize at BeC for organic cosmetic line Terra Biocare

img_3075On occasion of IX PHARMEXPO – the exhibition for pharmaceutical and health care products –  at Mostra d’Oltremare (Naples) on November 2016, the distinguished companies for the best communication skills of their own brand have been awarded the FARMAFFARI and VALU-CERT prizes. The latter one, named “the value of certification” was addressed to cosmetic companies with the best disclosure on certification of their organic cosmetics. Since 2005, the marketing prize FARMAFFARI – powered by AEREC (European Academia for Economic and Cultural Relations), ASSOGENERICI, ENPAF, UNICOM, AIMF, ANCTF, FEDERLAZIO – awards the best advertising in health care. The congress was organized by Dr Mariano Marotta (director of Studio SviMM – Development and Marketing) and has shown the cosmetic companies’ trend in gaining certification to better testify commitment in environment issues and guarantee the best quality to the consumer.

As a company committed to organic cosmetics, BeC has been awarded the “VALU-CERT: the  value of certification” prize for having actively put effort in disclose the importance of EcoCert certification of  the organic cosmetic line “Terra Biocare”. Dr. Oriana Chinni, responsible of cosmetics R&D received the prize along with a lithography of Massimo Pennacchini and the book “Regulatory affairs expert”.

img_2382Organic mission of BeC continues with Terra Biocare:

At BeC we have chosen Ecocert Greenlife certification for our organic cosmetics entrusting this independent certification body Ecocert aiming to develop and support those agricultural techniques that have full commitment to respect and protection of the environment. The basic principles of Ecocert standards consider that the eco-friendly cosmetics should be made only of ingredients deriving from renewable sources and produced by procedures with a reduced impact on environment. Basic requirements to be met according Ecocert accreditation are the absence of GMO (genetically modified organisms), of synthetic preservatives, of synthetic parfums, of nanoparticles, of silicones, of PEG polymers and dyes, along with ingredients from animal origin. Moreover, packaging materials are required to be biodegradable and recyclable. The ORGANIC COSMETICS label validated by Ecocert on our cosmetic products Terra biocare certifies that they contain at least 95% of ingredients of natural origin, and at least 95% of vegetable ingredients (however not less than 10% of the whole amount) comes from organic farming. Terra biocare: top quality products made for an environmentally and socially responsible life-style, in the  fullest harmony between Man and Nature.

The “natural athlete”: the essential oils as performance enhancers

montagne_simoI remember a speech by Prof. Gerhard Buchbauer (Dept of Clinical Pharmacy and diagnostics at Vienna University, Austria) held at Sana, the International exhibition of organic and natural products in 2008: in particular during his speech entitled “Aromatherapy: recent advances in scientific research” he showed human electroencephalograms evidencing increased activities of specific cerebral areas after inhalation of certain essential oils. In order to get in depth to the matter I found some Literature dealing with the ability of typical fragrances in helping cognitive functions and attenuating pain (i.e. Peppermint [1]), activating blood circulation, helping in lactic acid removal (i.e. camphor and Rosemary [2] ) or eliciting  potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory activities (i.e. Tea Tree, Lemon e Thyme [3] ). It seems clear that each essential oil is endowed with specific therapeutic properties and it is able to give different effects when inhalated or administered on the skin. As a matter of fact the essential oils can acts therapeutically by three distinct ways:
1.    Pharmacological – by causing real biochemical changes at cellular level
2.    Physiological – by acting to specific body systems
3.    Psychological – by stimulating an olfactive feedback
By first and second ways the essential oils biocomponents penetrate through epidermis [4] (or they are absorbed by digestive or respiratory systems) and reach organs and cells by blood circulation, in the third case they enter the organism by nasal flow.
ciclismoIn the same year I started to intensify my sport activity with cycling and I tried to better understand potential benefits elicited by essential oils and the possibility to improve my performances. For instance, does a “psycho-aromatic” influence exist on the athletes? It is fully recognized that mental wellness deeply influences sport performances therefore portable music players for music listening are prohibited in competitive marathons because are intended as “emotional doping”. For this reason, the act of simple smelling a specific essential oil or a blend of them could stimulate cognitive ability and give a good contribute to reach a top sport achievement.
One of the most important features for an aerobic endurance athlete (i.e. a marathon runner or a cyclist) is represented by risk of muscular damage associated to lactic acid production (cramps) [2] and to the oxidative stress caused by free radicals originated by prolonged efforts. The latter phenomenon is effectively counteracted by antioxidants which represent a potent solution to protect cells and the whole organism from negative effect caused by free radicals (tissue ageing, muscular pain, etc.).
Researchers at Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts) have designed and validated the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)  [5]  laboratory test to determine radical oxygen radical absorption by food and natural products and is nowadays recognized as one of the most widespread technique to measure antioxidant capacity.  By using this method, it is shown that the antioxidant power of essential oils is much higher than commonly believed antioxidant molecules or food such as Vitamin E, orange or lemon juice. Moreover, the pure essential oils – obtained by natural methods – are much more potent and effective in comparison to their single components (natural or synthetic molecule). For instance, the preservative ability of not-adulterated eucalyptus oil is higher compared to the main component eucalyptol [6].
trainingFor this reasons, scientific evidences showed the importance of essential oils for an athlete who  wants improve his performances in a natural way and I definitely chose Olio Strongful® by BeC as a strong partner before and after daily training: it has become fundamental  for me because its blend of diverse essential oils has been conveniently designed to gain the “winning synergy”.

Along with Olio Strongful, the dietary supplement PerforMax is particularily suitable for aerobic fitness such as marathon when good resistance is required. Olio Strongful and PerforMax represent optimal tools to reverse muscular deficit (with cramps and oxidative stress) associated to prolonged efforts. The subsequent free radicals overproduction is deeply counteracted by antioxidant activity of ingredients of our both products along with their precious essential oils.

Learn more information about Olio Strongful and PerforMax on BeC website.

[1] Fox M., Krueger E., Putterman L., Schroeder R. The Effect of Peppermint on Memory Performance.  Physiology 435, Spring 2012
[2] Diego MA, Jones NA, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C, McAdam V, Galamaga R, Galamaga M. Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations Int J Neurosci. 1998 217-24.
[3] Ali B., Ali Al-Wabel N., Shams S., Ahamad A., Alam Khan S., Anwar F.. Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review.  Asian Pac J Trop Biomed 2015; 5(8): 601–611
[4] Gabbanini S., Lucchi E., Carli M., Berlini E. , Minghetti A., Valgimigli L.. In vitro evaluation of the permeation through reconstructed human epidermis of essentials oils from cosmetic formulations J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2009 Oct 15;50(3):370-6
[5] Bentayeb K, Vera P, Rubio C, Nerín C. The additive properties of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) assay: the case of essential oils. Food Chem. 2014 Apr 1;148:204-8.
[6] Tadtong S, Puengseangdee C, Prasertthanawut S, Hongratanaworakit T. Antimicrobial Constituents and Effects of Blended Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Patchouli, Pine, and Cajuput Essential Oils.Nat Prod Commun. 2016; 11, 267-70

I eat, therefore I am (the holistic view on food)

Food represents our primordial cultural code and is related not only to simple nutrition but also to the social environment, and reflects our cultural identity, customs and tradition. Is it possible for us to take control over this primitive impulse, so to avoid becoming slave to it? Food is medicine, as shown by Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus already long ago. If it is true, why can’t we look at what we eat as a short- or long-term wellness generator, beside being a means to satisfy our taste?

vegetablesFood modulates our infinite mental indices that are involved also in dietary disorders such as obesity. If we go in depth into this common condition affecting modern Western world we prompt realize that the excessive food consumption is caused by the overwhelming and attracting food offer – that could mislead “hunger and satiety” mechanisms – along with the lack of a “culture of wellness” which would include the culture of fitness, of exercise and of health-oriented practices.

The deepest soul issues fidget in the inner of our body: suffering from obesity in a society that privileges slim people represents a not too concealed social exclusion! For this reason, all the  disciplines aimed at “saving our souls” by chagrin or fasting have been re-introduced in eating plans based on food moderation, which seem like ways to save our identity and help our chances to be accepted,  rather than a regime to guarantee our body wellness.

The stakes aren’t so much a food reconciliation rather the real act of existing: a person who eats to exist and wants to get slimmer for the same reason is walking on the razor’s edge. Most slimming diets fail for the lack of self-confidence rather than a weak resistance to the temptation of gluttony. When food becomes a matter of existence it is given a bigger meaning than it can actually hold.

The motto “mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) should not only be intended literally: Juvenal did not state that in a healthy body lies a sound mind but that both body and mind need to be exercised in the same way. The idea that both body and mind could grow up and develop only together is also the basis of the pedagogic school model proposed by Aristotle.

Nowadays such a precept broadens its meaning in a more complex way: in order to have good soul authority we need a healthy body power (and vice versa) by virtue of the psychophysical unit.  Such a psychophysical unit is indeed the subject of the holistic sciences: every medicine, science and art that considers the human being in his entirety of body, mind and soul could be regarded as holistic. Like ecology – which deals with the global Earth and environment protection – holistic medicine focuses on the global health of the human being.

fitnessTaking care of ourselves becomes a sum of multiple actions: feeding ourselves in more natural and unpolluted ways, purifying our own feelings from negative thoughts, understanding the deep reasons of our actions, and eventually progressing both humanely and spiritually.

Stepping from a model of Nature that can provide remedies to every medical need, at BeC we’ve been inspired by traditional Eastern medicine and we’ve been trying to conjugate the ancient phytotherapeutic traditions with modern scientific research, in the constant effort to gain better and synergic results. In line with the holistic view, every dietary supplements by BeC is designed for the global wellness of the human being, hence they are not merely directed toward one single need.

If we consider that body organs are correlated one the other, then a specific focus on a single issue – ignoring the surrounding condition –  would be too superficial! For these reasons all dietary supplements by BeC are composed by complex and equilibrated mixtures providing with optimal bioavailability of nutrients, efficacy and nutritional value. Thanks to their particular composition, they could be chosen by people on different eating plans such as vegetarian, vegan,  low fat, low salt, low sugar diet. In order to maintain good health conditions it is necessary to take care of ourselves in whole: not only by regular fitness, equilibrated and well-balanced diet (in terms of proteins, carbohydrates and fats) but also by supplementing our diet with the right intake of those vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that are essential for our wellbeing. Unfortunately, more and more often such micronutrients are lacking in common diets, due to wrong storing condition of foodstuffs and prolonged cooking time.

 

Natural remedies against excessive water retention

Swollen legs, tiredness, tingling and water retention are common circulation problems for men and women. Beside being initially beauty problems, they can implicate several concerns. Several systematic causes can determine excessive water retention in tissues: long working hours in up-right position, a sedentary lifestyle, an excessive salt consumption, some kidney disorders,  uncomfortable shoes, high toxins stocking, drug abuse…

depurplus_collageWe can adopt several precautions to overcome these problems: during summertime we should tonify our legs with jets of cold water or enjoy frequent footbaths to reactivate slow blood circulation that can cause oedema and water retention. Further suggestions include lymphatic draining massages and frequent exercise, with a special recommendation for a genuine healthy diet. Drinking a lot of water will help stimulate tissue drainage, which should be associated to increased intake of antioxidants and vitamins – i.e. vitamin C and E, Zinc and Copper with flavonoids of Cranberry – that will contribute by protecting peripheral circulation.

Among natural remedies, diet supplement Depur Plus – which contains the above mentioned ingredients –  is designed to support the physiologic activity of the urinary tract, helping eliminate the residues of metabolic pathways and assure liquid and ionic equilibrium of our organism.

Active ingredients extracted from Cranberry act protecting and reducing inflammatory processes: they help maintain healthy kidneys and prevent the onset of infections.[1] Such an activity is strengthened by the components of Birch, a natural salicilates-rich plant with antioxidant properties,[2] along with the essential oils of Caraway, Cajeput and Juniper.

Depur PlusIn order to favour kidney function and natural purification, several other botanical extracts endowed with known diuretic properties are includedGoldenrodJava TeaMouse Ear hawkweed and Dandelion favour liquids drainage and the urinary function, and contribute to reduce liquid stasis. Moreover, dandelion extract, endowed with choleretic properties, stimulates digestion and diuresis, especially when extra detoxification is needed. The very ancient Equisetum plant, known since ages for the diuretic action, is able to accumulate special minerals in the tissues (i.e. Silicates)  to protect against pathogens’ attacks. Thanks to such ability in restore minerals, Equisetum has been used for a long time in traditional medicine for treating several bone disorder[3] and it is recommended as draining agent that will not decrease physiologic mineral stocks in our body.

Depur Plus takes care of body wellness, protects and favours normal kidney function and it could be “our ally for beauty” against liquid retention and aesthetic problems caused by cellulite. It can also complement wellness massage treatments to obtain more rapid and more satisfying results!!

[1] Maki KC et al Consumption of a cranberry juice beverage lowered the number of clinical urinary tract infection episodes in women with a recent history of urinary tract infection Am J Clin Nutr. 2016; 103(6):1434-42.
[2] Raudonė L et al. Quality evaluation of different preparations of dry extracts of birch (Betula pendula Roth) leaves  Nat Prod Res. 2014; 28(19):1645-8.
[3] Costa-Rodrigues J et al Inhibition of human in vitro osteoclastogenesis by Equisetum arvense Cell Prolif. 2012; 45(6): 566-76.

Sun and age spots? How to treat them with natural cosmetics…

Sun and age skin spots are an unpleasant beauty problem featured by localized and uneven dark color distribution. They appear on face, hands and back, with the passing of years, and they are frequently correlated to wrong solar exposure. Such aesthetic conditions are often hidden by excessive and covering  make-up, especially when spots appear on face.

Perla di Luna_confezioneThe use of high protection sunscreens is the best prevention of sun-spots, but it does not fully prevent age spots’ appearance, which become much more evident as time goes by. Moreover, solar protection helps only prevent formation of new spots, but it is useless for treating the already formed spots. The complex phenomenon characterized by uneven color distribution with localized or diffuse pigmentation is generally known as hyperpigmentation: the overexpressed melanin concentrates in tiny areas of our skin, which become much more noticeable after intense UV rays exposure at the seaside or in a sunbed.

Some topical remedies, such as dermatological formulation with hydroquinone and retinoids – prescribed by dermatologists – have been used in the past for important hyperpigmentation disorders. Although effective, they were endowed with relevant toxicity, limited tolerability and harmful effects. Hydroquinone acts by means of a severe oxidative mechanism; therefore, it is not authorised in Europe since 15 years ago, for harmful effects following prolonged use. Other actives have been evaluated for their whitening activity, but resulted in harsh effects connected to inhibiting pigmentation, with the final result of  melonocites’ death (cellular apoptosis = cell’s suicide).

Alternative natural cosmetics could treat skin spots with a variety of successful lightening actives. Skin whitening cosmetics contain functional ingredients that inhibit melanin biosynthesis through different mechanisms: most important are tyrosinase inhibitors (i.e. arbutin and kojic acid) and inhibitors of melanin transfer to keratinocytes. Challenging research of new natural whitening phyto-ingredients allowed to evaluate several botanical extracts endowed with lightening activities for solar and age spots, in order to obtain active, effective and better tolerated formulations. Inhibitors of tyrosinase, the key enzyme in melanin biosynthesis, represent the most used agents for depigmentation cosmetics. Among them, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) boasts the most interesting lightening potential due to a component named Glabridin, which showed to be the most potent inhibitor of tyrosinase known so far.

In designing our innovative multi-level whitening cream Perla di Luna® we chose glabridin as principal  functional active with lightening action, combined to Melinjo extract (Gnetum gnemon): both ingredient inhibit tyrosinase directly. Moreover, the extract of Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) and Vitamin B3 inhibit melanin transfer to keratinocytes, tackling skin hyperpigmentation. Retinol (Vitamin A), Willow and Cumin extracts with the synergic action of the essential oils favor the renewal of epidermis (cellular turnover) and natural skin exfoliation, helping remove dark spots. We combined different precious elements of Nature to counteract hyperpigmentation in a combined and synergic way, respecting skin health.

Since dark age spots normally go along with other “signs of aging”, formulation research of Perla di Luna® was focused on significant anti-age activity, taking advantage of the longstanding BeC experience and tradition in the field. The overall activities was strengthened by key essential oils, whereas Aloe juice and Hyaluronic acid were added to afford deep moisturizing activity and Ribose increases skin tone and elasticity. Vitamins E and C and Magnolia extract have anti free-radicals and anti-age activity, boosted by the vegetable oils and the unsaponifiable fraction of Olive. The special formula increases hydration, elasticity and reduce skin wrinkle in only 2 weeks!

Perla di Luna® is a synergic and effective depigmentation treatment for skin spots with multi-level action and tested efficacy in preventing the recurrence of skin dyschromia, in de-stocking accumulated melanin, in giving consistency to skin color. The special formula contributes to increasing skin tone and elasticity and reduces skin wrinkles. This effective formula with natural sunscreens (with γ-orizanol from rice as the key active component) is ideal to treat localized or diffuse hyperpigmentation, spots from sun-exposure, scars and age spots. In addition to lightening dark spots, it gives firmer, more youthful complexion with smoothing and anti aging effect. It improves skin’s elasticity with deep moisturizing action.

Perla di Luna®  gives your skin the brightness and perfection of the most precious pearls!

Tired and stressed during springtime? Let’s get back strength and energy from Nature!

We have all been waiting for the good season to enjoy longer days and the pleasure of sunshine, but, along with good weather, spring brings tiredness, sleepiness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty to stay focused: typical seasonal discomforts. If the problem has no biological causes and is just the consequence of spring, one can seek help from diet supplements, rich in oligo-elements and standardized vegetable extracts, to guarantee the correct daily “re-charge” to our body, along with the proper nutritional intake. Diet supplements are not meant to replace a proper diet, but to contribute to the correct balance of those nutrients that can sometimes be lacking, or that we might need to have more, in specific periods. Indeed, diet supplements can help us live better!

vitalmenteVital Mente, thanks to its composition, is suited for all the states of mental and psycho-physical fatigue and to improve peripheral microcirculation. Therefore, it is particularly suited to this period of the year. It can also be a valid help in case of tiredness associated to the change of season, or to intense work, and it can help students approach semester’s tests and final examinations, in case they feel their memory needs some support.

According to the herbal tradition, many plants can serve as remedies for tiredness. Among them Ginseng, a long used remedy in traditional eastern medicine for its ability to “energize” both mind and body, to increase physical strength and prevent ageing. These properties have recently been supported by modern research, which attributes to Ginseng a stimulating activity on cerebral function with an improvement of the learning ability and reduction of memory loss[1]. The capacity to better manage fatigue and give positive response to stress is the basis of the activity of plants defined as “adaptogens”, among which we find Eleutherococcus, also called Siberian Ginseng, for which recent studies highlight the ability to support brain function and memory[2]. Eleutherococcus acts in sinergy with Ginkgo biloba and Centella, which also are investigated for their ability to protect brain function, particularly form age-related decline[3]. Vitamin C and Vitamin E, along with Zinc and Selenium, protect cells from oxidative stress, aiding the function of the immune system. Active principles of Blueberry give relief to “heavy legs” and, together with Centella, Ginkgo biloba[4] and Zinc, they protect the eye function.

vitalmenteVitamins and minerals, particularly B-group vitamins, contained in Vital Mente are fundamental nutrients to overcome fatigue and difficulty to focus. Indeed, such nutritional factors decrease tiredness by regulating the physiological mechanisms that bring to a fuller metabolism of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats), favoring the conversion of food into energy. They also express a protective activity on nervous system, together with minerals like Magnesium, Copper and Zinc, which eventually aid the cognitive function, i.e. the ability to learn and elaborate.

With the help from all these combined nutrients, we can safely overcome fatigue and stressing times, as well as periods of most intense study.

[1] Kwang-tae Choi, Botanical characteristics, pharmacological effects and medicinal components of Korean Panax ginseng C A Meyer Acta Pharmacol Sin 2008; 29 (9): 1109–1118.
[2] Panossian A, Wikman G, Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2009; 4(3): 198-219.
[3] Howes MJ, Houghton PJ, Ethnobotanical treatment strategies against Alzheimer’s disease. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012; 9(1):67-85.
[4] Seong Hee Shim, et al Ginkgo biloba extract and Bilberry anthocyanins improve visual function in patients with normal tension glaucoma J Med Food 2012; 15 (9): 818–823

Earth Day, a little help for our Planet!

Earth-DayWe are now entering the 46th year of Earth Day, the occasion that constantly attracts the interest of critical and eco-friendly consumption. Several challenging ideas and good actions are on the table to ignite passion and motivate people to action in saving our Planet. In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness: channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, earth day movement continues to lead with groundbreaking ideas and with the power of a simple example: TREES for the EARTH, let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth! Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Among principal goals of Earth Day, there is the need to promote a major consciousness in the citizens with respect to purchases and life-style. Hoping that the decision makers will be guided by means of strict criteria of social and economic sustainability.

In our own small way, how can we contribute to the main goal of environmental protection and promote ethic and eco-friendly consumption?  BeC, as a natural cosmetics company, has recently devoted a growing attention toward organic and eco-friendly cosmetics, for this reason we created our organic cosmetics line Terra biocare. Beside having a high amount of ingredients coming from organic farming, the organic cosmetics have low impact on environment during each production process. Indeed, even natural ingredients will not allowed in a certain formulation if they do not guarantee low environmental impact. Such  attention includes packaging materials in the overall supply chain. In eco-friendly cosmetics development, particular attention is paid to the easiness of waste management in the overall supply chain.

On the occasion, we report here an abstract of an interview by CosmesiDoc where we’ve been asked how sustainability issues could be linked to the cosmetic world:

Environmentally conscious consumers address their attention to environmental protection by choosing not only sustainable food but also eco-friendly wellness products. In particular, organic cosmetics are eco-friendly products that represent the harmony between Man and Nature. Our certified organic cosmetic line is directed to everyone who wants to approach a more conscious, ethic and eco-friendly life-style, without sacrificing their efficacy. This very relevant point deserves further attention: if consumers give away their full satisfaction with the efficacy of a certain product, sooner or later they will be disappointed and will change their mind, the will go back looking for something that better meets their actual needs.  It would be a failure! It is important that organic products have good efficacy and fully satisfying performance, in order to be perceived not as a renouncement. The environmentally conscious choice will then be sustainable in the long-term for the consumer… that is really sustainable!

However, BeC commitment to the environment does not deal exclusively with the organic Terra biocare line: since long ago, BeC has been adopting an integrated Quality and Environment Management System, for R&D, production and commercial activities, according to the international standard ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environment). The system guarantees the continuous improvement, year by year, of both the performance and the monitoring of environmental impact, prompted by previously achieved results. Among the pursued goals, BeC uses only certified FSC paper as material for secondary packaging of all products. This guarantees the responsible management of forests and the sustainable handling of natural resources.

Environmental protection, ecology and sustainability are the driving forces that have to lead industrial production, from little craft business up to the big industrial firms, wishing more awareness for every actor of the supply chain. Thanks to Earth Day, let’s commit to promoting knowledge and exchange of ideas for an eco-friendly and better future… the Earth will thank us!

Cellulite, how to treat it?

silueCellulite  (or edematous sclerotic – fibrous edematous paniculopathy) is an aesthetic condition characterized by alterations of the subcutaneous tissue, uneven fat distribution and tissue tone loss. Sex, ethnicity, genetic and hormonal disorders, skin thickness and distribution of body fat, along with a lack of fitness and a high-fat diet, are all factors that can influence the formation of cellulite.

A body affected by cellulite presents skin with “orange peel” or “mattress” texture. Several factors may contribute to the appearance of this condition. Fat cells or “adipocytes” tend to increase in volume with subsequent compression of the surrounding blood vessels. The slowing down of blood circulation determines an inflammatory state that limits the request of oxygen and nutritients from the surrounding tissues, thus preventing liquid drainage. The subsequent drop of local temperature contributes to the thickening of fat clusters and it is responsible for the orange peel appearance of the skin. State-of-the-art anti-cellulite cosmetics must contain ingredients that simultaneously counteract the various causes of cellulite’s insurgence, i.e. agents that facilitate water drainage and endow tissues with elasticizing, vasotonic and lipolytic properties.

The dedicated passion of BeC research laboratories for developing effective wellness products gave birth to SiluÈ: the new formulation against cellulite beauty problems. SiluÈ is a rich and fast-absorbing body cream based on all natural ingredients, with a very soft touch and silky texture obtained with no silicones. SiluÈ can used both at day-time and night-time and it gives skin brightness and deep hydration since the first applications, thanks to its unique combination of synergic active principles. SiluÈ activates lipolysis and local lipidic metabolism thanks to extract of Fucus vesiculosus alga [1], rich in iodine and to the extract of Pao Rosa, rich in pterocarpans. The methylxantines, such as theophylline and caffeine[2] contribute to the lipolytic effect in a synergic way, both by enhancing adipocytes’ metabolism and by stimulating fat stock mobilization.

Indeed the 100% natural extract of Pao Rosa from Madagascar (approved by organic certification bodies) boasts diverse beneficial properties: it limits the new formation of fat cells (adipogenesis), inhibits fat stocking into adipocytes (lipogenesis) and increases the lipolytic effect of caffeine. Such a complex and synergic mechanism produces good results in the early stages of cellulite development as well as in more advanced stages.

silue2Anti-oedema and draining actions are obtained by the presence of several essential oils such as Caraway, Juniper, Fennel, Lemon, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary and Clove, endowed with anti-inflammatory properties, too. Such activities also promoted by Centella asiatica extract, rich of triterpenes, and by Fenugreek, rich of polyphenols, both endowed with draining and protective action of blood vessels. Aescin, a triterpenic saponin from Horse chestnut help protect vessels. The essential oils of Thyme, Mint and Rosemary assure homogeneity of blood perfusion and help toxins removal. Besides the lipolytic ingredients with draining and vasotonic activities, SiluÈ contains precious vegetal oils which help skin elasticity. Vitamin E, Sweet Almonds and Jojoba oils, along with Olive Unsaponifiable fraction contribute to increase skin hydration (+46% !)  after only one month of treatment. Moreover, hydrating agents such as Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate and Propandiol contribute with deep moisturizing action.

The good diffusion properties of ingredients from the formulation through stratum corneum assures optimal overall action. Moreover, the exfoliation agents determine a faster cellular turn-over, working through indirect enzymatic mechanism with no irritation. The vegetal lipophylic esters from Willow and Cumin help give silkiness and smoothness to the skin.

Cellulite doesn’t appear in one day and it can’t be removed in two weeks! We do not offer miracles but verified results obtained in our R&D laboratories and confirmed by efficacy tests on human volunteers. Our common goal is to guarantee the real effect… and it works! Let’s take care of our skin’s wellness: this is the key to genuine beauty!

[1] Hexsel D, Orlandi C, Zechmeister do Prado D. Botanical extracts used in the treatment of cellulite. Dermatol Surg. 2005 Jul;31(7 Pt 2):866-72; discussion 872.
[2] Herman A, Herman AP. Caffeine’s mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2013;26(1):8-14.

Springtime: let’s take care of our hands and feet!

PiediManiHave you ever thought about how hands are important in our life? Hands clearly substitute a missing word in a conversation,  give love with a caress, carry out our daily activities. Our hands powerfully communicate: they are our business card. They barely lie to us about age and they reveal evidently age’s signs, when detracted.

How many times our hands are subjected to continuous injuries? Let’s think about the simple gesture of washing hands with ice-cold water, changing suddenly from warm to frozen places during winter or using harsh detergents in home cleaning activities. After such a harsh treatment, our hand skin become certainly red and dry. Our skin – being the first defense barrier – is made of hydro-lipidic film, which naturally protects our hands from environmental changes but it has a limited resistance. Our hands are more fragile than other body areas due to the limited amount of sebaceous glands, that make them more subjected to dryness. Moreover, they are always exposed to sunlight, also during winter.

You should everyday protect hands from external injuries, re-equilibrating natural hydrolipidic protective film with the aid of a suitable nourishing and moisturizing cream.

The hand cream GlovÉ is a complete wellness treatment for hands with protective, moisturizing and elasticizing action. Precious elements, such as natural ceramides  and  vitamin E along with pure essential oils and  distilled water rich of oligoelements, give elasticity and hydration to the skin tackling redden skin and irritations. With a silky texture and  a gentle non-greasy touch, the hand cream represents an invisible glove that naturally protect hands from external injuries, such as cold, detergent and chemical compounds.

maniepiedi_aprileFeet deserve equally our attention especially during springtime when they usually are exhibited. Even if they are in the spotlights during summertime, they should not be detracted during the rest of the year. In foot reflexology, body shape is compared to a tree: roots correspond to feet, trunk is our spinal column whereas leaves are represented by face. According to this methodology feet maintain the microcosm of human being so that they should be kept stable and healthy. If they are neat and beautiful, they could be appealing, especially when uncovered.

In spite of not being so prominent, feet should paid a special attention too. C.R.P. foot cream is  specifically designed to give relief to tired feet and attenuate problems related to strong dryness, such as hard skin and calluses. Talc, with the absorbing action, reduces abundant sweat whereas Tea Tree oil and the antiseptic essential oils help in protecting feet from mycosis and from excessive bacterial proliferation caused by closes shoes.

Beauty wakes up during springtime! Let’s take time to regenerate and shine our hands and feet with dedicated specific treatments.