November 12, 2009

Ingredients: Squalene


[skwey-leen] n. A colorless unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon, C30H50, found especially in human sebum and in the liver oil of sharks, that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and is used in biochemical research.

Basically, squalene is produced from an enzyme reaction within plants and animals. In animals it is called lanosterol and in plants it called cycloartenol. Squalene is present in many cosmetics, moisturizers, hair dyes, and surface-active agents. The alternatives to derive squalene from are vegetable emollients such as olive oil, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, etc. ranks squalene as a 1 meaning it is of low hazard. Their have been numerous reports in the media regarding a link to squalene to adverse reactions when used in vaccines. It is not clear how the squalene used in these vaccines are derived whether from shark liver oil or vegetable oils and furthermore how the squalene is processed in order to be mixed with the vaccine.

It is always best to do your own research regarding 'questionable' ingredients in many of our favourite products.


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