Ingredients Explained: Avena Sativa – Oat Bran Extract

The common oat (avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain that is grown for its seed. Oats are commonly consumed for food as oatmeal or rolled oats, but they are also used topically in skin treatments.

Oats have been uOats-iStock_000016037079Largesed for centuries on skin due to their soothing and healing properties.  For instance, oatmeal therapy has been used traditionally to treat a variety of rashes and skin inflammation. Oats have been shown to contain vitamin E, have antioxidant properties, stimulate the immune system, and  have wound healing capabilities. Studies have shown that Avena sativa extract can inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus. In other studies, it was discovered that oats have significant anti-inflammatory and antihistamine activity.

In select Pinnaclife Animal Health products, oat bran extract (avena sativa) is used for its ability to soothe the skin and relieve inflammation and itching.

To learn more about ingredients used in the Pinnaclife Animal Health products, feel free to visit our  website or our other “Ingredients Explained” posts.

Ingredients Explained: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Aloe veraAloe Barbadensis leaf juice is used in the Pinnaclife animal health products for its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects as well as its wound healing abilities.

 


Say Ahhhh with Aloe

Aloe barbadensis is a type of succulent plant, commonly referred to as “aloe vera”, that is popular for the juice it stores in its leaves. Aloe leaf juice is commonly used in many medicinal products, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Scientific studies suggest that aloe vera enhances wound healing and has anti-inflammatory properties. For example, many sunburn relief gels include aloe for its ability to soothe inflamed skin. It has also been found to improve the healing of burns and be a skin moisturizer. Reports have also suggested that is is effective against certain skin diseases and infection.

Aloe Toxicity?

The aloe is common household plant, and can be toxic if ingested by
animals. As shown in the picture, the leaf contains a gel AloeLeafSectionMacro1slike substance on the inner portion (non-toxic) and a sap like substance around the edge called latex (toxic). When ingested, the latex can cause stomach upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. The inner gel, which is non-toxic, is the substance that is extracted as a juice for use in common products.

The aloe barbadensis juice found in the Pinnaclife products has undergone a strict process to ensure separation from the latex. It will provide soothing and comfort to your pet’s skin without the risk of them getting sick.

For more information on the Pinnaclife Animal Health products feel free to visit: www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com

Ingredients Explained: Chlorhexidine digluconate

Chlorhexidine digluconate

Chlorhexidine digluconate is used in select Pinnaclife Animal Health products as an antiseptic to fight off bacteria, yeast, and fungi that may infect wounds or the skin.

iStock_000014802868_FullChlorhexidine is a safe and effective FDA approved antiseptic used to decrease bioburden (the number of bacteria living on a surface that has not been sterilized) and reduce the risk of infection. Chlorhexidine is the preferred antimicrobial agent in many common products including contact lens solution, mouthwashes, antiseptics and even surgical scrubs.  It has efficacy against a wide variety of pathogens including gram +/- bacteria, yeast, and fungi.

An added benefit of chlorhexidine is that it binds with proteins on skin providing residual antimicrobial effects that can help extend the duration of antimicrobial protection for several hours.

For more information on the products and ingredients, please feel free to visit our website! www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com

Ingredients Explained: Denatonium Benzoate

Denatonium Benzoate-That bitter taste!

Some of the Pinnaclife Animal Health products feature “Deterrent” versions that work to keep animals from licking and chewing at their wounds or sores due to the unpleasant taste. These products contain a non-toxic, potent bittering agent called denatonium benzoate.

Denatonium benzoate is generally regarded as having the most bitter taste of any iStock_000019160754_Fullcompound known to science. It is globally accepted and is require by law to be included in some products as a safe and effective deterrent. Both the National Safety Council and the American Medical Association recommend adding the ingredient as a deterrent in products that may be ingested by children and pets. It is mandatory in antifreeze.

While having a very foul taste, the ingredient is harmless to people, animals, plants, and the environment. Denatonium benzoate is not irritating to the eyes or skin and is not considered to be a skin sensitizer. The available data indicate that denatonium benzoate does not damage genetic material and does not represent a carcinogenic concern.

The Pinnaclife Animal Health products are specifically labeled deterrent or non-deterrent. When applying these products we recommend wearing gloves, so you don’t get the bitter taste!

Ingredients Explained: Witch Hazel

witch_hazel1Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)

The witch hazel is a flowering shrub type plant that is commonly used for its medicinal properties. The bark, leaves, and branches of the witch hazel are harvested for use in medicine. A drying and distilling process is used to extract a liquid from these parts of the plant.

There are many different uses for witch hazel and it has been around for a long time. It has been recorded that witch hazel was used by Native Americans, and later, by the settlers of North America, for the treatment of swelling and inflammation.   It has also been used in the clinical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases since the 1800s.

In the Pinnaclife animal health products, witch hazel is used to reduce inflammation and relieve itching (pruritis) associated with common skin conditions.

How does it work?

Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.

 

Ingredients Explained: French Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

lavender bath saltLavandula angustifolia (commonly known as French Lavender) is a flowering plant of the mint family that is native to the Old World. It is known for its pleasing fragrance and radiant purple flowers. Lavender is popular for the oil that is commonly harvested. Essential lavender oil is produced different ways, most commonly by distilling. The oil has been used traditionally in aromatherapy, massage, and medicinally.  In the Pinnaclife Animal Health Products, lavender oil is used for its calming and soothing effects, as well as its antiseptic properties.

The demand for essential oils especially lavender is on the rise, which can make quality become questionable. That is why we make sure our lavender oil is 100% pure. Animals deserve the same quality products that humans do!

Ingredients Explained: Olivamine, What is it?

     Olivamine 10®

Olivamine 10 boxed logoEveryday we read about amazing medical advancements that are on the horizon, but unavailable for ten years while they are being tested and developed. We often hope to experience the benefits of these advanced treatments and “cures” when we need them. The Olivamine products have been decades in the making and they bring the promise of skin and wound treatment that was not imaginable just ten years ago.

Olivamine is a culmination of some of the greatest advancements in science. Each ingredient’s biochemical efficacy is evaluated through extensive research of published independent peer-reviewed literature. Our quest for excellence has led us to seek ingredients that meet all United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or National Formulary (NF) standards for quality and purity.

We take just a single purified molecule from a medically validated plant source. All molecules found in Olivamine products originated from the best organic farms from around the world. We find it impossible to believe that starting with plants that have been subjected to toxins could provide the level of healing we seek for the people we serve. Olivamine marries the best of molecular science with the best organic phytochemical science.

The scientific journey has been long but the results of our efforts brought us to the most important discovery of all; Olivamine.

So, What is Olivamine?

Olivamine 10® is a patented antioxidant blend that protects against free radicals in the body. This is important because free radicals can lead to inflammation and disease. What is cool about Olivamine, is that it uses really small molecules to do it’s job, less than 500 Daltons for the science buffs. The reason they have to be so small, is so they can penetrate and nourish the skin. But you are still thinking, what is in it? What makes it up?

Let’s start with the ingredients:

-Hydroxytyrosol (Olive fruit extract), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glycine, Taurine, Cysteine, Proline, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6.

Now, let’s break them down:

-Hydroxytyrosol, olive fruit extract, is used for its ability to protect cells from stress, slow growth of certain cancer cells, and increase lifespan of cells

-Methylsulfonylmethane, known as MSM for regular folks, is used here to encourage the body to make sulfur-containing amino acids. These are necessary for protein synthesis (important stuff!)

-Glycine, Taurine, Proline, and Cysteine serve as our antioxidants. They are going to be busy fighting off those pesky free radicals and protecting the cell.

-Vitamins B3 and B6 are going to be protecting the antioxidants, so they can do their job.

Now that we understand what Olivamine is made up of, it’s pretty easy to see why and how it works. All of the ingredients have been tested individually and in various combinations to determine the precise and best balance for optimal wound healing.

For more information, messages from the inventor, and cool videos check out our website: http://www.olivamine.com