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Beauty and the Feast: Nutrients for Natural Beauty, Inside and Out: Page 2 of 3

Beauty and the Feast: Nutrients for Natural Beauty, Inside and Out: Page 2 of 3

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Botanical-based ingredients are a perfect fit for natural-minded beauty shoppers. Like collagen, these ingredients continue to turn up in ingestible beauty products.

A relative newcomer to the U.S. market is Bionov’s (Avignon, France) melon juice extract, marketed as cellulite-fighting SOD B Dimpless, suited for capsules, tablets, softgels, instant drinks, gums, candies, and bars. The ingredient is already included in a number of finished food products in Europe, but now it is making its way into U.S. launches, such as ThinkItDrinkIt SOD B Dimpless supplement powder, a neutral-tasting supplement designed for stirring into beverages.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study published in October 2015 in the journal Phytothérapie4 saw a significant visual reduction of cellulite on thighs by 9.5% after 28 days of oral supplementation with SOD B Dimpless (40 mg/day, or 480 IU/day). “Clinical efficiency is maintained and even emphasized after 56 days of supplementation, with a significant reduction of cellulite on thighs by 11.3%,” according to Bionov’s press release about the study. Sébastien Le Quéré, Bionov’s product manager, says a new website introducing the ingredient will be launched this summer.



Astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in algae, is being used in beauty-from-within products to improve skin moisture and elasticity, and to reduce wrinkles. “Studies have shown that oral supplementation with natural astaxanthin provides protection to all layers of the skin,” says Joe Kuncewitch, national sales manager, AstaReal USA, a supplier of astaxanthin. “Natural astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known to science, and it has the ability to optimize the health and radiance of the skin by providing protection and support to all layers. We see this market for both men and women, regardless of skin type, continuing to expand as baby boomers and millennials strive to maintain a healthy, ageless appearance,” Kuncewitch adds. AstaReal astaxanthin is available as an extract oil, a water-soluble extract, and an extract powder. Applications include yogurt, nutritional bars, chocolates, and beverages.

The antioxidant lutein, found naturally in green leafy vegetables, is well known as an eye-health supplement but may also be gaining traction as a beauty-from-within ingredient for skin appearance. Natrol, a vitamin and supplement manufacturer that uses lutein in its formulations, is “acting on clinical research that reveals that the intake of 10 mg of clinical-strength lutein can help to improve skin hydration and elasticity,” according to Michelle Baron, the company’s brand manager of innovation. “It helps protect the skin against visible signs of aging caused by the sun and exposure to the environment.”

Natrol’s new Skin, Hair & Nails supplement contains 10 mg of lutein per pill, along with collagen, hyaluronic acid, biotin, and other antioxidants. “Consumers are paying more attention to the quality of their beauty ingredients and looking for more-natural solutions,” Baron says. “They are more attuned to the fact that what they consume can have a profound effect on how they look and feel.”



A recent study published in November 2015 in Natural Medicine Journal5 suggests that the ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), already widely available in joint-health formulations, is useful for improving skin health and appearance when ingested. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study concluded that supplementation with Bergstrom’s OptiMSM supplements led to significant improvements in skin appearance and condition as evaluated by expert grading, instrumental measures, and participant self-assessment.

“Although the mechanism of action is not well understood,” the study’s authors write, “it is apparent that MSM does work at altering expression of key genes that affect moisturization and barrier function, extracellular matrix production, and inflammation control.” They conclude that “MSM taken orally may be beneficial for skin health and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, though further research is warranted in broader populations.”

Rodney Benjamin, director of technical development for Bergstrom Nutrition, says, “As we continue to unlock more information about MSM’s complex mechanism of action, we find that oral supplementation in simplistic terms can modulate the body’s oxidative and inflammatory status. As the study suggests, this can help protect the skin from premature aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving texture. This application is true ‘beauty from within.’”




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