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Study: Polyphenol in Red, Black Currants Provides Smoothing, Anti-wrinkle Effects


by Rachel Adams -

Polyphenol Ribetril™ A, found in selected varieties of red and black currant (Ribes rubrum, Ribes nigrum) offers significant benefits for younger looking skin based on a large human clinical trial from France.

Emerging scientific documentation indicates that Ribetril A, a highly bioactive polyphenol-alkaloid, acts on key enzymes and has various physiological targets including the mitochondria. More specifically, Ribetril A has been documented to stimulate both the mitochondrial number and function in muscle cells. Mitochondria are the small energy factories inside all cells providing energy on demand. These small energy factories are most abundant in brain and muscles and are crucial in athletic performance, mental ability and healthy aging.

In a clinical study performed in France, 50 healthy women and men aged 40 to 65 years consumed a 30-ml nutritional beverage with Ribetril A. Objective measurement methods proved a significant anti-wrinkle and smoothing effect after six weeks with a sustained effect after 12 weeks.

Additionally, the beverage significantly increased microcirculation in the skin and a significant moisturizing effect was measured. The increased microcirculation may add more life and glow to the skin and strongly supports the finding of an anti-wrinkle effect since regeneration of the skin is dependent on a good blood circulation. Further, after six weeks, 66 percent found an improvement of hair and 60 percent of nails and more than 85 percent were convinced about the anti-aging effect of the product.

Ribetril A—found only in selected red and black currants (Ribes rubrum, Ribes nigrum)—is manufactured by Asiros, which also holds the patent on the compound and products with increased levels of Ribetril A. The company developed a dual-acting “berry beauty boost" concept that works on the skin from the outside as well as from the inside; the concept includes the liquid berry product combined with a topical cream formulated with powder from the same berries.

The company will showcase Ribetril A at Vitafoods Europe in Palexpo, Geneva, May 10-12.

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