Cinnamon as an Anti-Aging Skin Nutrient
Friday, March 30, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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In recent years a water-soluble cinnamon extract originally developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has shown great promise in lowering blood sugar, correcting insulin resistance, and improving metabolic signaling to combat obesity and the metabolic syndrome. A new study expands on the role of cinnamon extracts, showing that cinnamon can promote collagen synthesis in skin, leading researchers to conclude, “cinnamon extract is useful in anti-aging treatment of skin.”
The research studied skin fibroblasts, the carpenter cells in skin that are needed for rejuvenation. These cells become dormant during aging, which causes nonoptimal synthesis of new collagen for your skin matrix. Cinnamon extract potently turned the fibroblasts back on, in turn stimulating collagen synthesis. A significant improvement in growth hormone activation within the fibroblasts was detected, a major factor contributing to the rejuvenation effects of cinnamon extract.
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