In addition to cosmetics, various items containing snail slime include snail slime syrup, a food supplement rich in components that can provide great benefits to the body.
Snail slime syrup: what is it used for?
Many people are probably wondering or have wondered: 'What can a syrup made from snail-extracted mucus be used for?
This product is used to combat oily and dry coughs; it proves particularly useful in the presence of phlegm or to alleviate the effects of diseases affecting the respiratory tract in general.
Its effect is indeed that of a common mucolytic, with one key difference, though: it is 100% natural.
The history of medicine behind the preparation of syrup
There are many historical testimonies attesting to the use of slime, or of snails themselves, to treat ailments of the airways.
It is said, for example, that back in the Middle Ages, but also in ancient Greece, gastropods were used to heal wounds, eliminate catarrh and heal stomach ailments.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, instead, the properties of slime were studied in France to produce a mucilaginous syrup used for ailments such as bronchitis, whooping cough and fatty cough.
Action mechanism of snail slime syrup
Snail slime is rich in numerous substances, including lytic enzymes and mucopolysaccharides. The former are responsible for breaking down the phlegm molecules that clog the airways during the course of the disease. This enables a faster elimination of mucus by reducing its volume and increasing its mucous fluidity and mobility level.
Mucopolysaccharides, on the other hand, exert an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic action on the epithelial tissues of the bronchi and larynx, promoting their reconstruction and healing.
Composition and sale of snail slime syrup
The soothing properties of the mucus produced by the snail, particularly the one secreted under conditions of great stress or danger, have long been known not only in the strictly cosmetic field but also in the field of medicines and food supplements.
However, the great success of the syrup is also due to its enriched composition, which makes it extremely tasty for both adults and children.
For instance, there may be raspberry juice, honey, cherry or balsamic plant extract combined with vitamins, fibre, minerals and other micronutrients.
Examples of ingredients include mallow, which can thin and fight inflammation, banana, rich in potassium and very tasty, and thyme, known for its balsamic properties.
The many properties of slime extracted from snails
Snail slime is therefore used in the production of both serums and creams, as well as syrups, which are extremely effective against coughs and related ailments.
This is because among the substances contained in the mucus produced by gastropods (particularly Helix Aspersa), there are ingredients like collagen, elastin, allantoin, glycolic acid, vitamins and proteins with incredibly moisturising, emollient, antioxidant, soothing and oxygenating properties that stimulate cell regeneration and restore the proper skin elasticity.