Silk Amino Acids (Silk Peptides)
| Silk contains the 18 essential and non-essential amino acids. The soft lustrous thread obtained from the silk cocoon woven by the silk worm contains these 18 amino acids.|
They are also known as silk amino acids, silk proteins or silk sericin.
Amino acids themselves have been known as the “building blocks” of the body. They build cells and repair tissue, they form antibodies to combat bad bacteria and viruses; they carry oxygen throughout the body and assist with muscle activity, and they help rebuild RNA & DNA (nucleoproteins). There are 8 essential amino acids which cannot be manufacturer by the body, and the remaining non-essential amino acids can be manufactured through proper nutrition.
Amino acids are natural substantive compounds which are readily absorbed into the skin, and can protect and nourish your skin. The silk amino acids have many benefits including helping prevent dehydration of the skin.
When the silk amino acids undergo a process called hydrolysis, they can then also be used in many other products such as creams and hair conditioners. The silk protein used in hair care products have the ability to penetrate and strengthen damaged hair. The amino acids bind with the keratin in the hair creating a protective layer that helps seal in moisture and while adding lustre. The amino acids have a low molecule weight that allows them to be easily absorbed through the skin. As with hair, the silk protein binds with the keratin found in skin and helps to prevent moisture loss. Thus these products can help to repair as well as add a velvety touch to the skin or hair.
In addition, some studies have shown that the crystalline structure of sericin offers some protection from the ultra-violet (UV) rays, and silk amino acids also have some antioxidant properties that have been show to be effective in combating wrinkles.
The silk amino acids are classed as non-irritating to the skin and eyes and are non-toxic.
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herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not
been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or
prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements,
it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.