Scientific Findings on Unrefined Shea Butter

Scientific Findings on Unrefined Shea Butter

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by in Expanding Markets, Sustainability, The Experts

Shea butter has been used for centuries (perhaps millennia) as a skin treatment in Africa, particularly for newborn infants. Although the clinical data often referred to by the cosmetic companies that market shea butter are hard to locate, recent scientific studies support its alleged therapeutic value in treatment of certain skin disorders.

The bioactive substances in shea butter reside in the unsaponifiable fraction – the oil-soluble constituents that would not react with alkali to form soap – which is a by-product of the CBE/CBI production process. They include anti-oxidants such as tocopherols (vitamin E) and catechins (also found in green tea).

Alander and Andersson (2002) and Alander (2004) identified other specific compounds such as triterpene alcohols, known to reduce inflammation; cinnamic acid esters, which have limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation; and lupeol, which prevents the effects of skin aging by inhibiting enzymes that degrade skin proteins. Shea butter also protects skin by stimulating production of structural proteins by specialized skin cells.

Excerpt taken from Reinforcing sound management through trade: shea tree products in Africa
E.T. Masters, J.A. Yidana and P.N. Lovett

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One Response to “Scientific Findings on Unrefined Shea Butter”

  1. HOUSTON

    04. Oct, 2010

    the more i read about this wonderful natural product that the masses continue to overlook, i feel a responsibility to go on a campaigne to help inform others should know about shae butter. http://www.sharedaluv.com will take to the internet to let people know the great benefits of shae butter.

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