Broccoli Oil is the latest natural treatment that has been proven to possess amazing skin anti-aging properties.
Broccoli Oil is produced by cold-pressing broccoli sprouts.
Broccoli Sprouts are used as they have a higher concentration of essential oils and nutrients than full grown broccoli and even broccoli seeds.
These sprouts can be grown in under a week before they are ready to be cold pressed to extract the valuable oils from them.
Broccoli sprouts contain more than 50 times the antioxidants and essential nutrients than full grown broccoli which makes them more valuable to the cold press process.
The oil extracted from broccoli sprouts has a pale green-yellow colour with a slight smell of broccoli and a silky-smooth feel.
Broccoli seed oil is easily absorbed into the skin, hair and nails where it delivers an impressive concentration of essential fatty acids that provide multiple benefits.
Broccoli seed oil also has an impressive vitamin content and contains vitamin A, C and K in decent concentrations.
Anti-Aging Properties of Broccoli Oil
1. Natural Moisturiser with High Fatty Acid Content
Broccoli seed oil is a potent natural moisturiser that easily absorbs into the skin, hair and nails without any residue or oiliness left behind.
The high fatty acid content of Broccoli seed oil delivers all the essential fatty acids to your skin and hair, leaving it moist, supple and well protected.
Broccoli oil has close to half its content in erucic acid, which is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.
The fatty acid content of broccoli oil:
- Erucic acid (omega-9): 49 %
- Eicosenoic acid: 6 %
- Linoleic acid (omega-6 ): 11.4 %
- Alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3): 9 %
- Oleic Acid: 13.5 %
- Palmitic Acid: 3.25 %
This high fatty acid content makes broccoli oil superior to most of the synthetic moisturisers currently available.
2. High Free Radical Protection of Broccoli Oil
Broccoli seed oil protects the skin from free radicals created from uv radiation and this is beneficial in multiple ways reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and sagging.
Uv radiation is known to destroy collagen, the ingredient that gives our skin its firmness and elasticity.
This study proved that sulforaphane, a sulphur compound found in hugh concentration in broccoli oil can up-regulated enzymes that protect skin against damage by UV radiation.
This allows the oil to get into the skin cellular matrix and up regulates the production of these protective enzymes directly in the area where it is needed the most.
This results in a major boost in collagen levels that keeps our skin firm, moist and wrinkle free.
It must be noted that broccoli oil is not a sunscreen, but it can contribute to reducing internal damage of the skin when exposed to UV radiation. Always use sunscreen when going into direct sunlight.
You can read about the anti-aging benefits of sunscreen here.
3. High Retinol Content of Broccoli Oil
Another major property of broccoli oil that gives it anti-aging super powers is its content of vitamin -a also called retinol.
Retinol has tremendous skin enhancing properties that gives your skin a youthful appearance via multiple mechanisms.
The high absorption of broccoli oil allows retinol to be delivered to the deepest layers of our skin.
Products containing retinol costs hundreds of dollars and broccoli oil is becoming a popular alternative that can deliver amazing value and effectiveness.
4. Ceramide Boosting Effects of Broccoli Oil
Broccoli seed oil also contains linoleic acid, which is critical in the production of ceramide in the upper most layer of skin and hair.
Ceramides are essential in providing a protective layer that prevents moisture loss and keeps the skin plump and firm.
The increased ceramide production caused by broccoli oil boosts the retention of moisture in the upper most layer of the skin giving you an instant face lift and more youthful appearance.
How to Sprout Broccoli
How to use Broccoli Oil
Apply broccoli oil directly from bottle in small amounts (2 to 3 drops ) directly onto skin or hair. Increase the amount of oil as required to cover entire area. A little oil goes a long way.
The oil can also be added to a bath.
Broccoli Seed Oil Side Effects
Avoid using broccoli oil if you are sensitive to sulphur. You can test the product by applying it to a small area on your arm. If you see any redness or reactions after an hour they refrain from using broccoli oil.