SAViQ Anti-ageing bee venom skin science

Healthy Hives - Article


We at SAViQ believe in harnessing the power of nature to support anti-ageing.  We like to say “Experience Nature’s IQ in action”. And we really mean it.

Nature was smart when she designed skin. She made it highly responsive to its changing environments and cleverly capable of self-renewal. Over time however, ageing processes, environmental factors and free radicals inhibit nature’s clever replenishment power. SAViQ is the TONIC because we simply harness nature’s smarts. Specifically: the natural outputs of one very smart little creature. The Honey Bee.

When you consider the ability of nature to evolve to remedy its own ailments, a genius example lies in the humble honey bee ….for more than one reason.

Bee Friendly

The humble honey bee is a major contributor to life on earth. The little pollinator is responsible for the pollination of over 30% of our crops. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Albert Einstein put it nicely in perspective when he said: If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live?"

SAViQ are major fans of the bee. We’d therefore like to bust a few myths about bee venom and its collection.

The collection of Bee Venom does not in any way harm the bee or the hive. On the contrary, Bee Venom is used to promote “social protective immunity” throughout the hive. In fact it’s collection by man may actually be linked to boosting hive immunity and general health. Lets explain….

Honey Bee nests have high levels of humidity and so are suitable environments for microorganisms including pathogens. In response, honey bees evolved several adaptations to face the increased risks of epidemic diseases:

  • The bees bath and groom themselves with venom peptides which are transferred to parts of the hive as an antiseptic agent.
  • They collect and use antimicrobial natural substances such as propolis and glands secretions as primary barriers to infection. The venom gland in honey bees (as well as in other Hymenoptera), has recently been reported as an important source of antimicrobial substances1

In the PDF Journal article attached the authors hypothesize that the many and varied ingredients and molecules within Bee Venom have many roles that work for colonial microbial protection. They consider that the wax comb could represent a ‘medium’ where the venom is deposited to act as a social antiseptic device on the cuticles of worker bees.

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This all builds fascinating proof that mother nature is incredibly smart and highly adaptive. She has evolved bee venom from a defence to ward off physical predators, to a defence to build collective or social immunity.

“When you consider the science of bee venom in its natural community and the way the honey bee has evolved in its use of venom to protect the hive, we at SAViQ feel good, that the stimulation of bees to produce venom is likely to actually help strengthen the health of their hives – and certainly not harm them. We will continue to research this fascinating evolution and do our bit towards bee protection and encourage our customers to do the same”, Shane Young, Founder, SAViQ.

Venom collection for SAViQ

During the process of venom collection the honey bee is mildly stimulated to release venom onto a glass pane which has a small pulse of electro current passed through it. The founder of the VENZ system of collection (Venom of New Zealand) Dr Dr. Nikolai Nikolaev (M.D, Ph.D), has refined the level of the wave pulse to exactly the right level for the New Zealand honey bee – ensuring that it won’t be harmed or even stressed by it. Interestingly, in Russia, (the founder’s home) the bees are a little more aggressive and require a higher pulse level. Kiwi bees are pretty laid back it would seem!

Our research so far confirms that: venom collection is found to have NO adverse effects on colony strength, brood rearing and productivity.

If bees were harmed or stressed by venom collection the hives would indeed be negatively affected. The queen would leave the hive and certainly change habits and egg laying routine. Also, production of outputs like honey propolis, royal nectar and venom would go down.

Conversely, current information suggests that correct bee venom harvesting actually benefits hive immunity and may boost colony social health.

So you can rest assured that while the physical act of squirting venom gets bees excited – it doesn’t hurt, harm or even stress them negatively.

The Role of Bee Venom in Skincare

Now that we’ve established that bee venom collection is not harmful to the bee or the hive, let’s look at what it can do for your skin. Specifically, what it can do to help anti-ageing.

Bee venom is a highly biologically active ingredient. It improves blood circulation, increases physical strength and well-being, supports the functionality of the pituitary-cortical system, has anti-oxidant effects and supports the immune system.  The biggest advantage for skincare however is in bee venom’s unique ability to maximize the delivery of anti-ageing ingredients into your cells:

Bee venom contains a number of unique low-molecule peptides and enzymes such as Phospholipase A2 and Hyaluronidase.

IMPORTANT FACT Phospholipase A2 dissolves the skin cell membrane and allows other ingredients to penetrate into the skin cell. Hyaluronidase accelerates disintegration of the old molecules and activates the synthesis of new molecules of hyaluronic acid by skin fibroblasts, thus improving skin penetrability. Bee venom peptides supports normal blood circulation in the deepest layers of the skin. It improves metabolism and stimulates cell regeneration as well as elastin and collagen production.

Bee venom peptides supports\ normal blood circulation in the deepest layers of the skin. It improves metabolism and stimulates cell regeneration as well as elastin and collagen production.

“The capability of Bee Venom in skincare is not limited to its ability to tighten and lift. Although it does produce a beneficial tightening and lifting action (through stimulation of Collagen and Elastin).The real magic is in the ability of bee venom to support cellular renewal. The venom actually acts as a spearhead for all the functional goodness that we infuse into our skincare solutions. We can get great, targeted anti-ageing results because of the propensity of bee venom to improve penetrability of natural substances that fight ageing on multiple fronts”, Shane Young, SAViQ founder.

Authors note: Our founder’s real last name is YOUNG and it certainly wasn’t fabricated for PR purposes. It’s just one of life’s happy coincidences that he saw the merits of Bee Venom as an anti-ageing proponent in skincare!

Bee Health Advocacy

SAViQ™  wants to raise awareness to the “Disappearing of the Bees” which threatens world food supply. 30% of all food crops globally are pollinated by Bee’s.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a consequence of synthetic insecticide and the chemical harm done by genetic modification with grave consequences.

Watch this trailer to the Documentary: Vanishing of the Bees. Narrated by Ellen Page. Its only a couple of minutes long.

Visit www.vanishingbees.com and http://www.facebook.com/vanishingbees

References

- [1] Toxicon 58 (2011) 550–557   David Baracchi a,  Simona Francese , Stefano Turillazzi