The supplements market has changed a lot since the day of candy-colored Flinsones vitamins. Today, the booming cosmeceutical industry researches and develops supplements almost as quickly as it introduces new creams, serums and lotions. Many of these pills target the effects of aging, as well as improve beauty sleep and reduce cellulite. The market for supplements has grown so rapidly that the U.S. Food and Drug Administartion ( FDA) established rules last year guaranteeing “ Industry wide standards requiring that dietary supplements are manufactured consistently as to their identity, purity, strength and composition”. The goal, according to the FDA’s press release, is that “consumers have increased confidence in the dietary supplements they purchase”. But what exactly is in all those bottles? Supplements come from 2 main sources:1) vitamins, organic chemical compounds, the body needs for growth, repair and overall health, and 2) minerals, inorganic chemical elements the body needs for healthy growth and metabolism.
Our health and beauty products are an advanced skin care supplement formula. This is a specially formulated combination of the optimal amounts, forms and ratios of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Not only do these nutrients nourish your skin with free radical fighting antioxidants, they provide benefits to promote better health overall. Ascorbyl Palmitate and calcium ascorbate combined provide both water and fat soluble vitamin C protection from free radicals, and also provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Vitamin C is needed to form healthy collagen, the primary supporting structure of the skin and arteries. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), alpha lipoic acid, L-carnitine and acetyl l-carnitine provide a powerful combination of both protective antioxidants and nutrients to power the Kreb's cycle (the body's energy source). DMAE is included for skin tone and firmness and enhances access of vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid. Grape seed (ActiVin® is a superior form) and pine bark extracts are antioxidants that block key enzymes that breakdown collagen. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is associated with enhancing immune function, aiding in reducing fatigue, preserving muscle tissue, increasing exercise endurance, anti-inflammation and other functions.
DMAE: This organic compound has been shown to tighten skin. Its antioxidant properties help the membrane resist stress and protect it from free-radical damage. It also increases the effects of antioxidants in the skin. Umanskaya notes that “people who regularly take DMAE often see improvement in facial musculature, resulting in leaner look.” It’s been nicknamed “The brain” or “smart” drug, because it increases chemicals in the brain used to short-term memory and concentration. MSM: This occurs naturally in plants and has multiple functions in the body. Referred as “ nature’s beauty mineral”, MSM plays an essential role in the maintenance of collagen, keratin and elastin, and is vital to the formation of healthy cells. It promotes growth of skin, hair and nails. Lycopene: This antioxidant contributes to life-long protection against harmful UV radiation. It helps produce thicker, denser and stronger skin. Researches are currently studying its preventive properties in everything from cervical cancer to osteoporosis. Grean Tea extract: This antioxidant is often added to supplements for its anti-inflammatory properties.