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An Apple A Day Keeps The Scalpel Away

March 12, 2010

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This Rare Swiss Apple Fights Signs of Aging, Claims Skin Experts.

Stem cells are all the buzz nowadays. Thankfully, it’s not about slathering embryonic stem cells on skin. “Skincare specialists are not using embryonic stem cells; it is impossible to incorporate live materials into a skincare product,” explains Jeanette Jacknin M.D.  The buzz is around plant stem cells protecting the longevity of human stem cells.

Mibelle Biochemistry, a cosmeceutical company, was one of the first on the scene with the award winning PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica. It is based on the callus cells of a rare Swiss apple tree, Uttwiler Spätlauber, known for its fruit’s longevity. When a plant is wounded, the surrounding cells revert back into stem cells, forming callus cells. After the wound has healed, they return to their former state and build new tissue. They are totipotent cells which are known as cells with ‘total potential,’ meaning they can develop into any cell type and have the capacity to form an entire organism. These totipotent plant cells are the technology behind Apple Stem Cells; they stimulate and protect human stem cells while reducing wrinkle depth. They also reportedly have benefits in hair care, preventing hair loss and graying.

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Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult or multipotent  stem cells are endogenous. They are present within our bodies and serve to maintain and repair the tissues in which they are found. Adult stem cells are found in many organs and tissues, including the skin. In fact, human skin is the largest repository of adult stem cells in the body. Skin stem cells reside in the basal layer of the epidermis where they remain dormant until they are activated by tissue injury or disease, explains Jeanette Jacknin M.D who spoke at 17th World Congress on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine in Orlando, Florida, April 23-25, 2009

There are several companies with skin serum products out usin this rare Swiss Apple. The Skin Stem Cell Serum for example, (Mallus Domestica) is a liposomal preparation based on the stem cells of that rare Swiss apple.It employs a novel technology enabling the cultivation of a rare and endangered species of apple, the Uttwiler Spatlauber. Thanks to this technology plant stem cells are now able to ensure longevity of skin cells. The skin serum claims to combat chronological aging of the skin.

Apple Stem Cells are one of the first of what is sure to be an onslaught of plant stem cells to emerge in the personal care industry. We already have our eye on up-coming selections. We’ll keep you posted.

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