What do most Japanese women have in common? Right! They eat (or apply) a great deal of seaweed on regular basis, either directly to the face or hair in paste form, or consumed as sushi wrap, soups and in many other dishes.
Chicago, IL. (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
A popular consumer website focusing on natural health and anti-aging topics and products says a specific strain of Asian brown seaweed may be more effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles than the most exclusive boutique skin creams on the market today.
Antiagingsupplementnews.org reported last Friday that researchers looking into the heart-health benefits of a rare form brown seaweed, called Seanol, have noticed some surprising side effects beyond its cholesterol-lowering properties. “As the cardiovascular studies intensified, a number of female participants began noticing an overall improvement in skin tone, smoothness, in addition to a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. This caused researchers to reallocate some resources to analyzing these unexpected results, said Ray Anders, Associate Editor of the Antiagingsupplementnews.org website.”
Anders said the website was not only interested in the seaweed research from a scientific perspective, but also from a marketing viewpoint. “We thought it was amazing how fast the manufacturers of this seaweed derivative switched gears in order to capitalize on today’s multi-billion dollar skin care boon,” he said.
The website says the supplement, called Marine D-3, is one product a number of products that seems to have staked its future on Seanol. “While our initial research is inconclusive, we wanted to share some initial facts about the product, since so there’s been so much internet chatter in recent days,” says Anders. “For example, it’s widely accepted in scientific circles that Seanol is more potent than any land-based antioxidant. Also, while its skin rejuvenation impact may be open for debate, the fact that it’s the only FDA-approved product in its category is definitely noteworthy.”
Anders said his team measured the product on the ORAC scale (the recognized method for measuring antioxidant potency), and found its brown seaweed “tipped the scale” at 8,368 compared to blueberries, which have a rating value of 2,400. “That’s a huge different, so it’s hard to dispute antioxidant potency of this supplement,” he added.
The website also noted that antioxidants have long been known, whether ingested or applied topically, to reduced environmental damage from sun, pollution, or just the very air we breathe. “Antioxidants inhibit free-radical damage, which can produce significant benefits for all skin types.”
Anders also pointed out that Japanese women have long been envied for their long, shinny hair and luminous, olive-toned complexions.
“And what do most Japanese women have in common? Right! They eat (or apply) a great deal of seaweed on regular basis, either directly to the face or hair in paste form, or consumed as sushi wrap, soups and in many other dishes,” Anders said. “The key difference between Seanol and other more common seaweed species is the fact that brown seaweed antioxidant is significantly more potent.”
Anders also said that another key ingredient in Marine D-3, called Calamarine, is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids – a well-chronicled ingredient critical for healthier, younger looking skin.
“By formulating this product with both pharmaceutical-grade brown seaweed and Calamarine (also Vitamin D), they seemed to have developed a product capable of producing impressive anti-wrinkle results in at least several initial studies. As the product continues to be marketed to the public, we’ll start receiving plenty of anecdotal evidence about its effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness. In other words, if the product doesn’t work – word of mouth and the Internet – will kill it.”
Anders said his staff did say they were impressed with the person behind this product, Dr. Richard Linchitz, a medical doctor who graduated with honors from Cornell University Medical College and went on to found the first nationally accredited, outpatients multispecialty pain program in New York. “The fact that Marine D-3 was founded by a medical doctor is important, because we see so many products that are backed by huge marketing companies merely looking to make a fast buck.”
According to the National Census Bureau, Baby Boomers are currently turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day, “and their appetite for supplements that claim to turn back the clock are insatiable” says Anders. “Our goal is to carefully look at as many of these anti-aging products as possible, especially the ones drawing tons of hype, and give our readers a detailed, unbiased assessment. Certainly, the brown seaweed being used in this product, and several others is intriguing to say the least.”
For a free report on this product, and other anti-aging supplements on the market, go to http://antiagingsupplementnews.org/.