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Cosmeceutical Applications of Saberry® :
  Saberry® can find useful applications in:
  Anti-Aging Cosmetic and Nutricosmetic Potential:

Several theories have been proposed to account for age‐related changes in cell functioning and physiological capability.

The "Free Radical Theory of Aging" was propounded several decades ago by Prof. Harman (1956). Recent scientific evidence validates the supportive role of dietary interventions in healthy aging and longevity.

Free radicals are molecules with one or more unpaired electrons; they seek stability by taking electrons from other molecules (a process called oxidation). As a consequence, free radicals damage the molecules from which they take electrons, leading to cell damage, impaired functioning, and even cell death. The prime molecules in the body that are damaged by free radicals are DNA, lipids, and proteins.

A bioactive that has the capacity to scavenge the free radicals formed, is regarded as an antioxidant.

Saberry® is proven to have a significant antioxidant potential.

Amla extract offers broad-spectrum protection against heavy metals

Amla extract helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and heavy metal‐induced oxidative stress.

Several animal studies have shown that Amla can help prevent a toxic build-up of heavy metals caused by frequent exposure to metals like aluminium, lead and nickel. When vitamin C alone was used, equivalent to that found in Amla fruit only partial protection from heavy metals was provided.

A standardized extract of Phyllanthus emblica was found to have a long lasting and broad spectrum antioxidant activity. The product has no pro‐oxidation activity induced by iron and/or copper because of its iron and copper chelating ability. These play a significant role in the use of Amla extract in anti-aging formulations.

Amla has even been proven to almost completely prevent DNA and cell damage from arsenic poisoning.

In laboratory tests done on animals it was also shown to prevent cellular damage resulting from lead, aluminum, nickel, cadmium, and chromium toxicity.

Amla extract and Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs)

With increasing age, collagen synthesis becomes lower and MMP-1 levels become higher in naturally aged human skin, and these alterations cause changes such as skin wrinkling and loss of elasticity (Varani et al 2000). Therefore, control of collagen metabolism may be useful for a variety of therapeutic and cosmetic applications.

Fujii et al (2008) demonstrated that amla extract increased procollagen type I C-peptide (PIP) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) production, and decreased MMP-1 production, concomitant with elevated mitochondrial activity in the fibroblast, in a concentration dependent manner.

The above study has shown that Amla extract helps elevate the mitochondrial activity of human skin fibroblasts and promotes production of procollagen and has a number of potential cosmetic applications, particularly as an anti-aging ingredient.

  Sun Care And After Sun Care Formulations

Saberry® was also found to possess significant potential as a UVA and UVB protectant.

Photoprotective Activity Against UVA And UVB Rays Saberry™
Melanin Inhibition in B16 F1 Cells IC50 (µg/ml) UV
12 µg/ml
B protection in Swiss 3T3 Cells EC50 (µg/ml)
(effective concentration for 50% UV protection)
41.2 µg/ml
UV A protection in Swiss 3T3 Cells EC50 (µg/ml)
(effective concentration for 50% UV protection)
14 µg/ml

With the added advantage of its potential antioxidant activity, Saberry® can help in the management of sunlight induced photodamage.

  Hair Care Applications

Amla has a long tradition in being used for improving the health of hair and scalp. It is widely used in hair care preparations as a natural hair conditioner.

The most commonly implicated androgen in hair loss is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a very potent form of testosterone. It is generated in the body by the conversion of testosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. It stands to reason that if we could decrease the amount of this enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, in the blood or in the hair follicles, less testosterone would be converted to DHT, and therefore DHT levels would be lower. Inhibitors of 5-alpha reductase thus help in hair fall management.

Saberry® was found to exhibit 5-alpha reductase inhibitory activity (about 80% inhibition at a concentration of 250 µg/ml), validating its potential applications in hair care products.

Dosage form and suggested use level:

Saberry® can be used in the form of capsules or tablets for nutricosmetic applications. For topical application it can be conveniently used in the form of creams, sprays, serums, gels and lotions.

Saberry® be used at levels of 0.2% to 1.0% w/w in topical formulations.

Saberry® finds useful application in the following formulations:
  • Anti-aging Creams & Lotions
  • Skin-lightening Creams & Lotions
  • Sun Care & After Sun Care Creams & Lotions
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