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Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 1871-5281
ISSN (Online): 2212-4055

Effect of Botanicals on Inflammation and Skin Aging: Analyzing the Evidence

Author(s): Amanda Suggs, Patricia Oyetakin-White and Elma D. Baron

Volume 13, Issue 3, 2014

Page: [168 - 176] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1871528113666140526163052

Price: $65


The skin and its immune system manifest a decline in physiologic function as it undergoes aging. External insults such as ultraviolet light exposure cause inflammation, which may enhance skin aging even further leading to cancer and signs of photoaging. There is a potential role for botanicals as an adjunct modality in the prevention of skin aging. Numerous over-the-counter anti-aging products are commercially available, many of which boast unverified claims to reduce stress, inflammation and correct signs of aging. In this article we reviewed the scientific literature for data on frequently published “anti-inflammaging” additives such as vitamins A, C and E and green tea. We also analyzed the evidence available on five promising ingredients commonly found in anti-aging products, namely, argan oil, rosemary, pomegranate, Coenzyme Q10, and Coffeeberry. Though there may be an increasing amount of scientific data on a few of these novel botanicals, in general, there remains a lack of clinical data to support the anti-aging claims made.

Keywords: Argan oil, coenzyme Q10, coffeeberry, green tea, pomegranate extract, rosemary extract, vitamin A, vitamin C.

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