CUSTOMERS have recently been asking whether we recommend using Vitamin C with CurraNZ – and the answer is a resounding yes! This is an outstanding combination to help bootstrap your immune system, fight inflammation, with considerable skin health and beauty benefits too.
As we age, we stop producing as much collagen, which gives skin its elasticity, and this leads to loss of facial firmness and volume.
Combined with hormonal changes which cause dryness, fine lines and wrinkles appear as does sagging in the cheek, jawline and neck area.
Not helping matters is the strong ultra-violet sunlight in New Zealand, which accelerates ageing and damages skin.
But CurraNZ and Vitamin C both have supporting scientific evidence showing these two nutrient powerhouses could hold an important key to skin health.
Researchers at the Department of Bioscience and Laboratory Medicine, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences, investigated how blackcurrant extract anthocyanins can increase levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid - the building blocks in human skin.
Lead study author Naoki Nanashima says: “The present study demonstrates that exposure to blackcurrant or anthocyanins increased the level of extracellular matrix (essential scaffolding of the skin) molecules such as collagen and elastin in human skin fibroblasts (a cell which produces collagen).
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the this type of activity of blackcurrant extract and anthocyanins in the skin.”
Although Nanashima’s study was a preclinical trial, his report concluded: “Long-term ingestion is expected to be effective, even at low concentrations.”
Vitamin C provides many benefits to the skin, most significantly, increased synthesis of collagen and photoprotection.
This nutrient is essential for collagen production, by providing an essential cofactor for the two enzymes required for collagen synthesis.
We recommend liposomal forms of Vitamin C, which is a more bio-available form of the nutrient, and allows for easier absorption and uptake into the body.