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Rosemary plus Grapefruit Extract May Combat Wrinkles, Effects of Aging on the Skin

Plant polyphenols have been shown to help reduce skin alterations that come from ultraviolet radiation, such as wrinkles. A recent study has found that an extract of rosemary and grapefruit may help improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles as soon as two weeks after starting supplementation.


Participants in the study included 90 people who were given either 100 mg of the rosemary and grapefruit extract, 250 mg of the extract, or a placebo daily for two months.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted significant improvements in skin elasticity as well as shallower skin wrinkles in the supplement groups. No significant differences were noted between the two doses. The researchers also noted lower levels of lipoperoxides following UVB and UVA radiation exposure as well as reduced redness in the supplement groups.


Researchers from the Complife Group in Italy conducted the study. It was published in the July 2016 issue of Food Nutrition Research.


Grapefruits are rich in antioxidants, flavanones, and vitamin C. They have been shown to help ease arthritis symptoms, lower cholesterol and promote better digestion. Grapefruit are great as an afternoon snack or for breakfast.


Rosemary is a spice that is high in iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary has been used in traditional medicine to help with muscle pain, improve memory, and help the immune system. Previous studies suggest that it may help eliminate free radicals in the body, boost brain health, and have anti-tumor effects.

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