Efamol: Making Skin Look Younger
Saturday, October 1st 2005
Our skin is our largest organ. It covers about two square metres and weighs several kilograms. Although we sometimes take it for granted, our skin plays a vitally important role in our everyday survival. Looking after the skin is therefore important not just for outer beauty but also for inner health.
Nancy Morse, Director of Scientific Affairs at Efamol, has been investigating the role of fatty acids in evening primrose oil for more than two decades.
Her initial clinical collaborations identified a defect in fatty acid metabolism in people with atopic eczema and confirmed that their resulting fatty acid deficiency could be corrected with evening primrose oil supplementation.
Research published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science (July 2005) has proven that evening primrose oil not only plays a vital role in relieving skin disorders but also plays a big part in making healthy skin look and feel younger.
"We have always suspected that the gamma-linolenic fatty acid (GLA) found in evening primrose oil has a positive effect on skin and this recent research completed by Derma Consult GmbH, a leading independent dermatology research group in Germany, confirms conclusively that Efamol evening primrose oil benefits and could even make normal skin appear biologically younger.
There are a number of factors that can age skin prematurely, such as smoking, stress, air pollutants and sun exposure. Healthy and youthful skin is perceived as moist, soft and smooth. The study findings showed statistically significant improvements of between 10 and 20% in skin moisture and moisture loss, smoothness, elasticity, firmness and fatigue in all participants taking 3000mg of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil a day.
Essential fatty acids, and those derived from them, in particular GLA found in evening primrose oil, re crucial components of every cell membrane in the skin. A lack of these fats in the diet quickly leads to dry skin because the cells become less efficient at retaining moisture.
Essential fatty acids must be obtained through the diet. One way of ensuring optimum GLA supply is by supplementing the diet with evening primrose oil. There are however many types of evening primrose oil plants which are used to make the oil and they do not all have the same positive effects on the body.
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil was the supplement used in this trial as well as many other studies over the past 25 years because it is the most effective. Efamol Evening Primrose Oil is up to 33% more potent than other evening primrose oils because it is extracted from a special patented variety of seed called Rigel (much of which is grown in New Zealand), which provides more of the active ingredient needed for skin health.
Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Hormonal Balancing and Skin Problems:
Collagen and Keratin Capsules
Fish Oil 1500 Odourless
Flax Seed Oil 1000mg
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Inner Health Plus
Skin Soothe Lotion
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