The powerful extract of the beech tree bud (Fagus sylvatica) is formulated from naturally fallen buds which occur at a precise point in the more than 200-year-old life of the beech tree. The beech tree, native to temperate Europe, Asia, and North America, is also known as the 'Tree of Everlasting Youth.’ Understanding the botanical aspects of beech assists us to understand why its various extracts promote cell renewal and youth. This article primarily focuses on the extract of the beech bud only.
The tree is a member of the Fagaceae family which includes oak and chestnut trees. Embodying strength and elegance, the height of this deciduous tree can exceed 115 feet. It reaches maturity at 60 years and can live up to two and half centuries. The beech tree can continue to grow almost all its long life and is able to prevail very well against all other species.
The buds of the beech tree are highly energetic and can produce an abundance of plant material (leaves) as large as a 14-inch stem producing close to a dozen leaves. The buds grow alternately, one at a joint (not in pairs), on the twigs. Each bud is naturally arranged to ensure that every leaf that sprouts from it gets the maximum amount of sunlight.
It is because of this intense energy of growth and strength that its extract increases activity of skin cells. Beech tree bud extract contains hydroxyproline* that helps build collagen and elastin in the skin. The extract is vitamin-rich and contains powerful plant growth hormones. These hormones assist in active cell turnover and help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Beech tree bud extract:
improves cutaneous moisturization and is especially good for thirsty skin;
helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines;
reduces the depth of fine lines;
revitalizes skin by boosting protein synthesis;
firms and tones the skin by strengthening the epidermal structure;
oxygenates the body and skin and fights free radicals critical for health and the natural slowing of aging;
stimulates cell oxygen consumption increasing oxygen uptake (+71%);**
soothes inflamed skin;
inhibits the buildup of dead skin cells.
[Beech tree bud extract is found in Ageless La Cure’s firming Eye Serum.]
The famed youth-promoting buds are harvested for their intense concentration of polyphenols,*** amino acids, and other primary metabolites (substances necessary for metabolism) that will enhance the effects of the extract.
The high energy actives, flavonoids**** and peptides***** found in the extract, are the key elements responsible for improving the epidermal structure of the skin that results in firmer, younger with a more even texture.
Beech tree bud extract also, and just as importantly as all of the above, has a large glutathione content. Glutathione is a master antioxidant and is generally produced by the body, however glutathione production does decrease with age. The beech tree’s gift of glutathione can be an important adjunct to your free radical fighting strategy.
* A metabolite of proline both of which are unique amino acids and comprise approximately one-third of collagen protein in the body.
** One beech tree alone can provide enough oxygen for 10 people for one year.
*** Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds found largely in the fruits, vegetables, cereals and beverages. They are secondary metabolites (substance necessary for metabolism) of plants and are generally involved in defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggression by pathogens
**** Phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in all vegetation.
***** Naturally occurring biological molecules found in all living organisms and playing a key role in all manner of biological activity.
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