Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2008
Although the beans from coffee bushes have long been harvested to provide us with an aromatic brew, the brilliant red fruit from these same bushes has always been too difficult to utilize. Until now. Skincare-News.com's latest article, "CoffeeBerry: A Wakeup for the Skin," explains how the nutrient-rich fruit or berries of the coffee plant can help to rejuvenate and refresh the skin. http://www.skincare-news.com/articles.php?ArtID=533
What is it? Coffee berry is the rosy, red fruit of the coffee plant and is one of the most potent natural antioxidant available today. Harvested from coffee beans, coffee berries are rich with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Until recently, this part of the coffee plant has historically been discarded because the berries are so perishable and difficult to harvest. However, new harvesting techniques have enabled collection of this powerful and remarkable fruit, which prevents spoilage and preserves the antioxidant properties of the berry.
Coffee plants traditionally grow in dry, mountainous regions under intense, hot sunlight. In order to survive such arid conditions, the plant has adapted and protects itself by producing potent antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the plant from harsh sunlight and coffee berries have the highest percent of antioxidants of all parts of the plant. In fact, the US Department of Agriculture's Center for Aging at Tufts University has created a scoring system, known as Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity (ORAC), to evaluate the antioxidant strength of different plants and extracts. Remarkably, the ORAC has shown that coffee berries have the highest score, higher than even green tea, pomegranate extract, vitamin C or vitamin E.
You'll find it in: Coffee berries are rich in ferulic acid and polyphenols, antioxidants which are known to have many health benefits including neutralizing free radicals, reducing the incidence of coronary artery disease and possibly even certain cancers, and providing treatment benefits for Type 2 diabetes, depression and other diseases.
Nutritionally, once the coffee berry is harvested, it may then be turned into an extremely powerful powders or extracts. Just how potent? The concentration of antioxidants in coffee berries is so potent that just one gram of powdered coffee berry is equivalent to 33 grams of fresh blueberries -- known to be one of the most beneficial and formidable antioxidants for whole body health and wellness. The extract is equally as formidable. To get the same antioxidant benefit as coffee berry extract, it would take a lot of fruit: 625 grams of fresh blueberries or 974 grams of fresh strawberries or 1,230 grams of raspberries or 2,030 grams of grapes!
What to expect: The benefits of coffee berry are now being passed along to us in new ways. When added to skincare products like facial cleansers and moisturizers, their powerful anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits translate into smoother, more refined skin. Daily use of skincare products made with coffee berry can lead to healthier skin by preventing environmental damage from the sun, stress or pollution, as well as help reverse the visible signs of aging by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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