Squalene is a natural, 30-carbon organic compound. All plants and animals – including humans – produce squalene as a biochemical intermediate. As a hydrocarbon and a triterpene, Squalene is a natural and vital part of the synthesis of all plant and animal sterols, which, for humans, include: cholesterol, steroid hormones and vitamin D.
IT DOES EVERYTHING
Squalene is used broadly in cosmetics, but is generally found in moisturizers. Historically, it was used as a cure-all, and was prescribed for a great deal of maladies, from constipation to cancer. More recently, microfluidized squalene or squalane emulsions have been used as an immunologic adjuvant in vaccines, and there are some indications squalene has a number of health benefits – including chemopreventative properties.
BUT PROCESSING MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Historically, shark liver oil was the primary source of consumed squalene. A couple of decades ago, plant-based sources were discovered – olives being the primary one. Processed olive oil produces a concentrated solution of squalene that is 30-40% more squalene dense than shark oil.
Today, POS is working with leading technology companies to develop biotechnology-based solutions for ingredients like squalene and omega 3’s. These solutions are sustainable, consistently high-grade and cost effective - saving both the ocean’s apex predator AND your martini.