The Skinny on Squalene
Has anyone ever told you to eat shark liver? How utterly immoral and frightening. But the reason people do it is that it’s high in squalene. Squalene is a lighter-than-water, 30-carbon chain compound similar to beta carotene. It assists in the making of cholesterol, hormones and vitamin D. Your skin is 12% squalene. Sounds pretty important, right? Oxygen radicals can’t break it down easily, so it serves the skin well, protecting it from UV and ionizing radiation that can wreak havoc by breaking down connecting lipids. In other words, it keeps your skin youthful and elastic. We can absorb 60% of the squalene in food sources, so squalene-rich foods are a desirable addition to any diet. Animal studies suggest it has anti-cancer properties, but no human trials have been conducted to verify this. I wonder why? In mice, cellular and immune functions were enhanced. Aside from the livers of our prehistoric shark friends, other sources of squalene include rice bran, wheat germ, olives and amaranth. It has been suggested that squalene is the secret behind the low cancer rates of Mediterranean people because their traditional diets contain so many squalene-rich foods.
A Vegan Source of Squalene for your Skin
In my opinion, the best source of squalene is amaranth. Called the “never-fading flower”, amaranth is a gorgeous flowering plant cultivated by South American civilizations as a staple for more than 6000 years, both for its seed and its purple flowering tops. I have been enjoying its delicious nutty flavor as part of my breakfast for twenty-plus years. Amaranth is 6-8% squalene. It’s also one of nature’s few vegetarian sources of complete protein and the highest non-legume source of lysine! Lysine is an essential amino acid; meaning our cells need it, but can’t make it themselves. Amaranth also contains also contains lunasin, oleic acid, linoleic acid, vitamin E and folic acid. Amaranth oil is a really easy way to get your squalene fix, but because of the minuscule size of the amaranth seed it’s very difficult to produce high quality amaranth oil without damaging the squalene and other nutrients. Recently though, our favorite oil presser has begun skillfully squeezing amaranth in Germany. Their result is delicious and nourishing when taken both internally and externally. Adding it to food, taking it as a supplement and putting it directly on your skin are all amazing ways to absorb squalene and nourish your skin. Check out one of the only stable amaranth oils you can buy here. Live long and look great doing it with squalene… and leave the sharks alone. Those majestic creatures have been around for millions of years and they deserve our respect. They need their squalene for themselves. Learn more about Panaseeda Amaranth Seed Oil.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove