An apple a day keeps wrinkles away

Research Stem cells from a rare variety of Swiss apple, ‘uttwiler spatlauber’, are known to have excellent age-delaying and anti-wrinkle properties. The rare variety of Swiss apple, dubbed ‘supple apple’, was first recorded in the 18th century.

The Swiss apple, uttwiler spatlauber, is a rare variety of apple. Its property of long life without shriveling is well known. This apple is rich in phytonutrients, proteins and long living cells. Such stem cells can be obtained and incorporated into a range of products. This is to enhance the longevity of skin cells. It not only protects the skin’s own stem cells but also shows excellent age-delaying and anti-wrinkle properties. Currently, it is one of the most prominent extraction ingredients in skin care.

Longevity is related to specific cells called stem cells which have unique growth characteristics. These cells can make identical copies of themselves as well as differentials (in other words split) to become separate speciality cells. The human body has two fundamental kinds of stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells found in the pre-embryonic stage can grow and differentiate into one of the more than 220 different cell types which are part of the human body. Adult stem cells located in some adult tissues can only differentiate into their own or related stem cell type. These cells act as a repair system for the body and also maintain the normal turnover of regeneration organs like blood, skin or intestinal tissues.

Stem cells & application

Adult stem cells are already used particularly in transplant medicine to treat leukemia and severe burns. In the cosmetic field, scientists are focusing their research on adult stem cells in the skin. They are studying the potential of this type of cells, their fine-tuning and ageing. This research helps to understand how to protect skin stem cells.

Epithelial skin stem cells located in the basal layers of the epidermis replenish and maintain the balance of the cells within the skin tissue and regenerate the tissues damaged during injuries. But, with age, the number of skin stem cells decrease and their ability to repair the skin becomes less efficient.

Another type is the hair bulge stem cells located in hair follicles. Hair follicles represent a natural combination of epidermal and melanocyte (cells in the bottom layers of the skin) stem cells.

These follicles can be maintained in a growth medium where they elongate up to 14 days and subsequently deteriorate and start to die.

This is caused due to lack of blood circulation. Isolated minor hair follicles when incubated with a small quantity of malus domestica (apple) extract found clear postponement of the deterioration and necrosis.

Follicles placed in the presence of this extract continued to grow for many more days.
Apple reduces the risk of colon cancer, prostrate and lung cancer. Compared to other fruits and vegetables, they contain low amount of vitamin C but a rich source of other anti-oxidant compounds. It is also helpful in heart ailments, weight loss and controlling of cholesterol. The presence of phenolic components in the apple protects against cancer and demonstrates anti-oxidant property.

The stem cells from a rare variety of Swiss apple, uttwiler spatlauber, stimulate skin stem cells and protect skin cell regeneration.

In the cosmetic world, this has been hailed as an exciting anti-ageing substance. The rare variety of Swiss apple has been dubbed ‘supple apple’ and was first grown in the 18th century. The tree bark or the skin of an unpicked fruit lasts months longer than its shrivelled cousin.

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