Posted by: Ivy | 2008/06/05


What is you view re skin products taken orally as for instance Imedeen?

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Hi Ivy, thank you for the question.

Various oral ingredients have shown to benefit the skin; however, the number of tablets on the market today claiming to reduce or even take wrinkles away is staggering.
Your best option when considering a tablet is to search the ingredients on the net and check if double blind randomized studies have been done. Typically one finds that the company who manufactures these tablets will report their studies but this may lead to a bias as one would prefer an independent dermatologist or medical practitioner to perform the study.

The ingredients in Imedeen tablets are as follows: Maltodextrin, Imedeen Seafood Extract Powder, Acerola Powder, Mineral Salt, and Emulsifier.
Maltodextrin is a moderately sweet polysaccharide used as a food additive, unrelated to barley malt. It is produced from corn starch and is usually found as a creamy white hygroscopic powder.
The only description I can find for the seafood extract powder is as follows: “unique marine extract containing proteins and polysaccharides”.
Acerola Powder is derived from Acerola cherries, which have one of the highest concentration of vitamin C. Mineral salts are simple inorganic chemicals that are required by living organisms, important minerals salts are iron salts (needed by both plants and animals) and calcium salts (needed by animals to make bone or shell).

Following from the above ingredients and that no studies demonstrate the claim of the tablet I am not sure if they really work.

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