Superfood Ingredients

Superfood Ingredients

The organically grown plants in Peru possess extraordinary properties. They have active principles that have been very well known since ancient times and therefore are used in traditional medicine to heal and in local cuisine to nurture. They are superiors in content of nutrients and they all bring antioxidant benefits. Nowadays these authentic ingredients are considered as “superfoods” with amazing healthy results for the skin, feeding it from the outside in.

SACHA INCHI: THE INCA PEANUT

Also known as the “Inca peanut”, the Sacha Inchi plant is a natural legacy of the ancient Incas who discovered its great healing properties for the body and its energetic qualities for the spirit. This native plant grows in the Peruvian Amazon forest, at the foot of the Andes.

SACHA INCHI SUPER PROPERTIES!

It is the only vegetable oil that concentrates in very high amounts all the essential fatty acids. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the Sacha Inchi plant, with first cold-pressed method in order to keep intact all of its nutrients:

  • Omega 3 (48%): one of the highest levels on earth! More than the well-known Rosehip Oil (36%) and other vegetable oils like: Soybean Oil: 8%, Avocado Oil: 1%, Olive Oil: 0,8%, Grape seed oil: 0,1%. (Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil don´t contain omega 3).
  • Omega 6 (36%).
  • Omega 9 (8%)
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E (extremely rich in Alpha-tocopherol).

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

  • Anti-inflammatory and calming: thanks to its richness in omega 3, Sacha Inchi Oil helps relieve rheumatic and muscular pains, as well as irritated skins.
  • Regenerates tissues: due to its richness in fatty acids, Sacha Inchi accelerates the pace of regeneration and repair of skins with various dermal disorders like acne, psoriasis, strecht marks, scars, etc.
  • Hydrates and moisturizes: thanks to the high content of Omega 6, Sacha Inchi Oil strengthens and rebuilds the skin’s natural barrier. Also limits loss of trans-epidermal water, avoiding dehydration, the appearance of wrinkles and the formation of scaly skin. Its high level of penetration promotes deep hydration to the skin.
  • Fights aging: when used daily, it helps remove deep wrinkles and delays the onset of other lines thanks to its antioxidant properties coming from the Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It also prevents the signs of photo aging due to self-generation properties of melanin.

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CAMU CAMU: “LA MILAGROSA”

The small wild tree of the Camu Camu fruit native from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest needs a special ecosystem to grow: at the edges of the rivers of the Amazon, in dark waters and lakes seasonally flooded by rain. When the tiny red fruits drop from the tree over the water level, it is manually harvested with the help of canoes.

Its name comes from the Indian Amazon language “Tupi”. According to the popular traditions of this ethnic group, “camu camu” is the sound produced by a special Amazon fish when they eat the fruits that fall into the water.
In native communities it is used as a medical plant, named as “la milagrosa” (the miraculous) because of its amazing healing properties.

CAMU CAMU SUPER PROPERTIES!

  • Vitamin C: Camu Camu is worldwide leader in the content of natural occurring Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Compared to other fruits, the average of Vitamin C found in 100 g of Camu Camu is 3000mg in Goji Berries is 210mg and in Oranges is around 54mg.
  • Polyphenols. There have been determined up to 11 Phenolic compounds outstanding the Anthocyanins cyanidin-3-glucoside (as the major pigment in this fruit), the Flavonol Quercetin and the Ellagic acid.
  • Carotenoids. A natural pigment that also have an important antioxidant function.
  • Minerals: especially high levels of the nourishing Potassium.

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

Antioxidant: the powerful combination of Vitamin C and Polyphenols confers a unique antioxidant action to the Camu Camu, by neutralizing the aggression of free radicals* and therefore avoiding cell’s oxidation. As a result:

  • Prevents premature skin ageing
  • Diminishes wrinkles

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QUINOA: THE MOTHER OF ALL GRAINS

Quinoa plant is native to the Andes Mountains since 5000 years ago and it has been domesticated by local farmers growing up to 13100 ft (4000 mts.) above sea level.

Due to its abundance and its unique nourishing properties, the Incas referred to it as “mother of all grains” and considered it as a precious gift attributed to its holiness: the Sun god.

Its edible seed has been feeding the Andean population for centuries, and now is becoming one of the main superfood ingredients in the world.

QUINOA SUPER PROPERTIES!

  • Amino Acids: Quinoa is considered as the only plant-based source of complete protein, which includes all the essential amino acids that are beneficial for the body, outstanding the Lysine (13%) and the Threonine (9%).
  • Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fatty acids: omega 3 (7%), omega 6 (58%), omega 9 (35%)
  • Vitamins:  B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Rivoflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6, B9 (Folic Acid), and vitamin E.
  • Minerals: manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc in high percentages.

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

-Deeply nourishes the skin, thanks to its richness in nutrients.
– Restores skin hydration, due to its high percentage of Threonine.
– Heals any damaged skin tissue, thanks to the essential amino acid Lysine in combination with the vitamin E and the omegas.
– Improves elasticity of the skin: the Lysine is also a key building block in the synthesis of the substances elastin and collagen.
– Antioxidant and antiaging benefits: Quinoa protects cells from free radicals, avoiding premature ageing of the skin.
– Strengthens the skin cells.
– Anti-inflammatory action.

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PURPLE CORN: A NATURAL ANTIOXIDANT

Maize is considered the sacred plant of life. In the Inca Sun cult, it is associated with the gratitude for light, warmth and energy that is supplied to man.
The maize of purple kernels, called Kulli Sara in native Quechuan language, has traditionally been consumed as a nutritional element for its health-promoting properties.

PURPLE CORN SUPER PROPERTIES!

Contains anthocyanins and phenolic compounds.

The mayor source of anthocyanin, called C3G, is extracted from the purple corn cobs. This formula includes 5% of C3G.

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

Purple Corn has a powerful antioxidant effect that enhances regeneration of the tissues, reduces ageing caused by free radicals and protects the cellular DNA. In addition, the anthocyanins promote the formation of collagen, improve the cell irrigation, disintoxicate the skin and have anti-inflammatory effects.

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GOLDENBERRIES: THE DELICATESSEN FRUIT

This precious golden fruit, also known as Physalis Peruviana, is native to the Peruvian Andes. During the Incan Empire was particularly cultivated in the sacred valley of Cuzco, being one of the favorite plants in the gardens of the Incan nobility not only for its beautiful decoration but also because they knew the health benefits they carried for the body.

This exquisite fruit with its nice outer shell of paper-like texture became known to the world from the XVIII century, and since then it remained considered as a delicatessen fruit. But still is unknown and almost unusual to find it in skincare treatments.

GOLDENBERRIES SUPER PROPERTIES!

A cocktail of antioxidant and energetic vitamins:

  • Vitamin A (Betacaroteno)
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B1 (Tiamin)
  • Vitamin B2 (Rivoflavina)

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

Goldenberries are highly nutritious! They outstand for having antiaging and antioxidant properties. This high content of antioxidants helps protect the skin from ageing, prevents radical damage and protects against UV light.

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ANDEAN SALT: AN ANCIENT MYSTICAL PROCESS

This Andean Salt called Maras is mysteriously formed at 3.300 mts. above sea level (10.800 feet) in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba in the district of Maras, belonging to Cuzco-Peru.

It is believed that 250 million years ago during the Andean orogeny, an Ocean got trapped inside the mountains of this Valley. Since then a thin stream of water that comes from inside these mountains forms small ponds (around 3000). The water in these ponds evaporates and the remained salt is photonically enriched by the intense Andean sun. After this natural process the salt is hand-harvested by local communities, ready to be consumed for the health of the body, without going through any chemical processes. This is a ritual that takes place since pre-Inca times.

ANDEAN SALT SUPER PROPERTIES!

The Andean Salt of Maras is full of nutrients and energy. It provides not only sodium chloride as common salt, but instead 84 minerals organically active and assimilable by the cells, which is important for the health of the organism, making it far superior to other salts, such as sea salt.
The minerals in higher percentage than other types of salt are:
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper,

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

These mineral-rich salts contribute to improve the overall health.

They help to:

  • Detoxify the body, by stimulating the drainage of toxic materials.
  • Alleviate sore muscles and reduce arthritic and rheumatic pain.
  • Stimulate circulation.
  • Soothe irritated skin.
  • Balance PH.
  • Restore the body’s energy flow.

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LUCUMA: THE ENERGY INGREDIENT

Lucuma is an exotic and aromatic fruit that was highly appreciated by the ancient Peruvians. For its beauty, it was symbolically associated with women and fertility.
Evidence from pottery images from the Peruvian coast, dated 100 years B.C., indicates that it was part of the nutritional diet during the Inca and pre-Inca empire

LUCUMA SUPER PROPERTIES!

It is a source of carbohydrates, rich in minerals and vitamins. It is especially rich in vitamin B3 (Niacin), fibre, iron and carotene.

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

Lucuma improves skin functions by enhancing the transformation of nutrients into energy. It provides the cell with energy to complete its biological process of synthesis. Moreover, its high content in minerals supplies vital elements for the correct functioning and vitality of the epidermal tissue.

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PALO SANTO: THE SACRED OIL

The Palo Santo tree, or Bursera Graveolens, grows in the dry forests of the South American coasts.

Once the tree has fallen, its wood matures over time and develops a special chemical reaction that later produces an aromatic essential oil. This essential oil is distilled from the bark of the naturally fallen tree.
Palo Santo is considered sacred by the Andean people and has been used since ages as a spiritual remedy to purify and clean in healing rituals.
Its essential oil has a wood-based scent with floral notes.

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