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What is Farnesol Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Farnesol in Food

Farnesol has fascinating skin care properties and is thus used in a wide range of skin care products. It occurs in many essential oils, mainly in rose and orange blossoms. It is a fatty alcohol and one of the components of vitamin K. Health benifits of Farnesol in maintenance of skin includes smoothening of wrinkles, regulating sebum production, enhancing skin vitality and elasticity, increasing tissue tension and moisture binding capacity of the skin. It also activates collagen, elastin and mucopolysaccharide production in dermis. It also has a bactericidal effect. Farnesol is used in the manufacture of perfumes. Side effects include carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity. It is also harmful to the nervous system.

by Margaret Walker on Fri, 03/04/2011 - 10:17

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