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Nutricosmetics: Eat and Drink Your Skin Care

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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To avoid discontinuation due to poor sales, Rechelbacher of Intelligent Nutrients says he had to change the way he thinks about his company. “We’re no longer ‘cosmetic,’ ” he says, “but ‘food-grade.’ ” According to Intelligent Nutrients’ president Melissa Christenson, a third party audits and validates the organic certification for the brand’s finished products with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and each ingredient supplier must also provide the company with organic certification. “It’s about complete traceability in all formulations of our products,” she says. “There is integrity behind our ingredients.”

For the Intelligent Nutrient’s Wunderbar, the Intercalm Infused Chocolate Bar, and Intellimune Oil and Tablets, Christenson says the seeds from organic vegetables and fruits are cold-pressed for their antioxidants. “We obtain their oils to protect cell membranes, and the seeds’ water-soluble ‘flour’ to protect inner cells,” she says.

Aligning the antioxidant properties of multiple seeds—for instance, blueberry, raspberry and grape—in a complex, garners a higher level of activity in ingestible or topical products, according to Rechelbacher.

Another main ingredient Rechelbacher relies on is cumin. “When I studied ayurvedic medicine in India, I was astounded by how many people use cumin,” he says. “It’s improved activity in our products.”

Other foods are also rich with skin-beneficial ingredients—antioxidants, for example. And looking across regions and cultures reveals many benefits.