New dietary treatment promises to reduce wrinkles

They say that beauty is only skin deep, but many of us still feel that there is plenty of scope for improvement. A new dietary treatment launches next month that promises to reduce wrinkles from within is certain to cause quite a stir. The manufacturers of these capsules which you take 3 times a day have said that they are a blend of natural food extracts which activate genes to improve skin tone, and early results are promising.

If these results stand up to the invariable scrutiny, these capsules will be unique as the first ever anti-wrinkle treatment that shows evidence of combatting wrinkles in the deeper layers of the skin. They won’t be the first to receive scientific backing however, as other skin creams have been proven in peer reviewed journals to help in reducing wrinkles.

New Scientist contacted independent researchers, who said that the preliminary findings were intriguing, and they also commended the team who are developing these capsules for conducting trials that were double blind, where they tested the capsules against a placebo, but neither the recipients nor the researchers knew who was receiving what.

They added, however, that they will remain skeptical until the results have been published in full by a peer reviewed journal, and they also acknowledged the fact that attempts to reverse the natural signs of aging doesn’t sit well with a lot of people.

The so called ‘gene food’ treatment is result of work done by a team led by John Casey at the Unilever labs in Sharnbrook, England. The multi natural company which produces cosmetics, household products and food, have commissioned four different research groups to test their capsules and 480 women in France, Germany and the UK, who had gone through the menopause, took part in the trials.

The New Scientist saw results that indicated that within 14 weeks, the crow’s feet wrinkles that appear at the corners of the eyes were, on average, 10% shallower for those who had taken the capsules, and in the best cases, they had been reduced by 30%. Those women who had been given the placebos showed no significant reduction in the depth of their wrinkles.

In a couple of the studies done in France, researchers took biopsies measuring 4mm in depth from 110 of the participating women both before and after the treatment and studied the collagen production, a key protein in the structural components of the skin.

Antibodies which stain skin tissues red where new collagen has been produced revealed that 1/5 of recipients, after the treatment, had a significant amount of fresh collagen in the dermis, the deepest layer of skin, as opposed to those who had taken the placebo capsules.