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A Protein Approach to Solvent-free Extraction
By: Katie Anderson (Schaefer), Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
Posted: August 1, 2011, from the August 2011 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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“The platform brings in all the goodness to the food industry and none of the undesirables such as the sugars, fats, etc.,” added Fridlender. This is particularly true for diabetics, noted Raskin. “A lot of compounds in blueberries [polyphenols] and other fruits are antidiabetic; however, it is difficult to get the benefits of these compounds by eating blueberries because of the sugar content.”
The company, therefore, can offer food that contains the beneficial bioactives from three or four servings of blueberries in one serving of food naturally and without sugar. One example, according to Raskin, is cranberry, which he added has known benefits for a female’s urinary tract. “In 1g of the matrix, the bioactive polyphenols can be squeezed from three to five glasses of cranberry juice without sugar, calories, bulk water, etc.”
According to Fridlender, however, there are many other applications for this technology. Therefore, the team began investigating its applications in nutraceuticals and cosmetics, particularly in natural personal care. “We have witnessed the trend for natural cosmetics, and we can provide high concentrations of bioactives that are natural, and efficacy can be demonstrated,” added Fridlender.
Cosmosorb, the platform’s application to cosmetics, has been utilized to create a number of actives such as ginger, onion, rhubarb, blueberry and cinnamon, among others. “We concentrate mid-polarity range compounds, and this is where most of the bioactives reside. Structurally cells and plants are made of hydrophobic compounds (fats) and hydrophilic compounds (sugars). Most of the bioactive compounds are designed in mid-polarity range to be mildly soluble.
Raskin noted that similar to their standard extraction counterparts these actives provide a number of skin benefits such as improving wrinkles, preventing microbes, lightening skin and evening skin tone; however, they reportedly do so with additional benefits.