Many times we can notice the
presence of the snails in our orchard or garden by the slime trace they
leave at crawling. But what is really
interesting is that they often leave slime traces parallelly or even one
on the other.
After some research and after measuring the thickness of
the slime trace, the conclusion was that the snails and slugs follow the
track of other specimens of the
same species in order to save energy. When using the same track they
need less slime than their predecessors, this way they save up to two-thirds of
energy, which they use to feed or to reproduce. One could say that
snails use a
paved road rather than a road with rocks and obstacles.
A way of detecting the snails is the trail.
Snails detect the chemicals contained in this viscous
liquid in order to find the way and the species that has left the track. Normally these mollusks
follow the trace in the same direction, thus they locate themselves more
easily in the mating season.
Snail slime properties
Lately we are used to hearing or seeing ads in the media
miraculous properties of the snail slime, which promise to cure the acne,
scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and burns. This contradicts with many experts who argue that while the
skin benefits of the secretions
of this animal are amplely demonstrated, most of the products containing
snail slime have not been obtained according to an appropriate
The propierties of the snail slime were discovered by
chance, like many other scientifical discoveries. In 1965, in Gregorio Marañón
Hospital in Madrid, oncologyst Abad Iglesias subjected the snails to X and
gamma rays, discovering that snails were producing another substance,
differrent from the one used to crawl. And the same substance quickly cured the
injuries produced when radiated.
All the creams based on snail slime must pass
a rigorous control.
With all these discoveries one should
the slime used by the snail to move, which does not have healing properties,
and the secretion produced as a defense mechanism to the environmental
aggressions and it seems it helps to slow the ageing, repairing people's skin. This
secretion exerts a dual role: it stimulates the formation of collagen
and elastin, repairing the ageing signs, as well as it minimizes the damage caused
by the free radicals, which are the to blame for the premature ageing of
the skin. So all creams based on snails slime must be garanteed by a rigorous
scientific study to support the properties it offers.
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