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Most consumers cannot determine the quality or effectiveness of shea butter by its look, smell or texture.

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What is Shea Butter?

Unrefined shea butter is the fatty extract from the seed of the shea nut. The extract is known to contain a number of nutrients and ingredients with biological activity (review research benefits at 21 Reasons To Use Shea Butter).  This biological activity has been known to promote the moisturizing and healing of minor skin ailments.  The secret within the fruit has been known for centuries.  Shea Butter dates back to the days of The Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra.  In the USA and around the world, shea butter has attracted the interest of several industries including cosmetics, personal care, food, healthcare and applied science.

Unrefined shea butter is an all-natural cream containing vitamins A, E and several phytonutrients.. Vitamin A in shea butter is most important for improving a number of skins conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis.  Additionally, Premium Shea Butter has properties to treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburn, frostbite and a number of other conditions of the skin. Shea Butter’s unparalleled moisturizing property is due to several natural moisturizers present in the cream. The moisturizers in shea butter are the same moisturizers naturally produced by the sebaceous glands.  If you except the concept that the sebaceous glands produce moisturizers for the skin, then it’s no wonder that shea butter is such a superior moisturizer. The positive biochemical and physiological effect shea butter has on skin injuries makes this cream ideal for wound healing.

Vitamin E is as effective in a number of conditions or circumstances. Among these include anti-aging, anti-free radical agent, and exerting a positive effect on increasing micro-circulation. When used on a regular basis, the vitamin E in Shea Butter can benefit the skin by two metohods.  First, by increasing the micro-circulation to the skin, which results in increased blood supply to and from the skin. Second, vitamin E serves as an anti-free radical agent thereby aiding in preventing the deleterious effects of sun and environmental exposure.

Only high quality Premium Shea Butter can offer the health benefits mentioned above. Once shea butter is aged or loses its natural integrity, many of these wonderful benefits are also lost. For example, shea butter contains the ingredient cinnamic acid, a substance very closely related to cinnamon in the kitchen cabinet. The Cinnamic acid in Premium Shea Butter is mainly bound to other ingredients. As Shea Butter loses its natural integrity the amount of bounded cinnamic acid decreases, while the amount of free or unbounded cinnamic acid increases. I have learned that the reduction in bound cinnamic acid correlates well with the loss of clinical effectiveness for healing. Armed with the new finding on the research importance of bound cinnamic acid, it is now possible to avoid poor quality Shea Butter. Determination of free and bound cinnamic acid content will provide the needed information on the quality of a given batch of Shea Butter for treating various skin conditions. The most significant factors responsible for variations in Shea Butter quality are the multitude of methods used to prepare shea butter (lack of a uniform procedure for preparation), and the environmental conditions the butter is exposed to after preparation.

In conclusion, the quality of shea butter may range from excellent to very poor. Shea Butter of excellent quality may be used to treat a number of skin conditions, and serve as an excellent moisturizer as well. On the other hand, poor quality Shea Butter should be avoided all together.  Unfortunately, we as consumers can't tell if shea butter used in a final product is of good or bad qualiity.  That's why it is important to know the vendor you are buying your product from.

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