INCI name: AMARANTHUS CAUDATUS SEED OIL
Rating: VERY GOOD
Origin of Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Oil
Amaranthus caudatus seed oil comes from the amaranth, from the family Amaranthaceae, also called foxtail. This contains very small seeds with about 5 – 6 % oil. The extraction is mostly done by carbon dioxide extraction. Amaranth is actually a ancient plant grown by Aztecs, Incas and Mayas as their main food. They called it “the golden grain” since they believed it had supernatural powers. Nowadays it’s a popular health food because the seeds have great nutritional benefits and are high in protein.
Active ingredients in Amaranth Seed Oil
Fatty acid composition:
Squalene: 8,1 %
Palmitic acid: 18,4%
Oleic acid: 28,4 %
Linoleic acid: 35,8 %
Alpha-linolenic acid: 0,6 %
Amaranthus caudatus uses and effects
Due to its exceptionally high content of squalene (a lipid that spreads well) from the triterpene family (phytosterols) with antioxidant properties – amaranth oil is a particularly valuable oil.
Squalene has the ability to put oxygen molecules into a non-excited state (triplet oxygen), thereby preventing lipid oxidation. A significant proportion of tocotrienols, which have a particularly high antioxidant effect, results in a skin-own antioxidant network. Various studies have confirmed the anti-inflammatory effect in psoriasis vulgaris. Amaranth oil has a moisturizing and refatting effect.
It has a noticeable restructuring effect on brittle dehydrated skin.
- skin caring
- moisture preserving