Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Sun Protection from a Pill

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last year, Life Extension® introduced FernBlock®, the revolutionary oral supplement that acts to inhibit the damaging effects of solar radiation. This fern extract was proven to inhibit sun damage by blocking absorption of harmful ultraviolet rays and by quenching DNA-corrupting free radicals. It also diminishes results of excessive UV radiation by favorably altering changes in skin cells that cause premature skin aging.

Sun exposure is not the only cause of accelerated skin aging. Stress releases a wave of hormones like cortisol that can prematurely age skin. The herb ashwagandha reduces cortisol to protect and enhance psychological health. In a recent study, 125 mg of a patented ashwagandha extract taken once daily led to a 14.5% reduction in cortisol levels in 98 individuals. It also resulted in a 13.2% increase in levels of the anti-aging hormone DHEA. Ashwagandha-treated subjects experienced up to 62% reduction in anxiety levels compared with no change in the placebo group.

Enhanced Fernblock® with Sendara™ is formulated with a powerful antioxidant and a natural herb that protects skin from internal damage from emotional stress. Enhanced Fernblock® also contains Phyllanthus emblica, an antioxidant. This extract blocks a chemical reaction that generates skin-damaging free radicals to shield skin from destruction of collagen and other dermal matrix proteins. An in vitro study using a patented extract of both ashwagandha and Phyllanthus emblica demonstrated a 54% inhibition of collagen-degrading enzymes and an 86% inhibition of those that break down hyaluronic acid, the skin’s natural moisturizer.

The unique formulation, Enhanced Fernblock® with Sendara™, is scientifically proven to protect skin from the inside out and should be used to complement topical sunscreens.

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