02. Anti-ageing Supplements
02. Anti-ageing Supplements – take with a pinch of salt….. no not literally.
I’m a bit of a disbeliever when it comes down to anti-aging products. I think of them as the quick fixes for the armchair potato and owners of baggy bits who’re not willing to jump on a treadmill.
I am though a believer in pills and potions, I think you are what you eat – and drink and smoke in my case too – so as such then why shouldn’t a little pill be able to influence how one appears and hopefully turn back that clock… well at least five minutes or so.
I’ve been looking for my next instalment in the supplements section and inspired by the knowledge I’d aged a bit over the last two smoke filled years I thought anti-aging might be a suitable venture. I’m normally very youthful for my age but age has caught up a bit over these couple of years and I need something to reel back those two naughty years, to uncrumple the creases, wash out the dark spots and nobble the crow’s feet.
I think my carefulness and scepticism of the faddists and lazy does creep in and the claims made by anti-aging products are akin to those that are trawled out for diet pills. However when cold hard facts are added to the equation then my ears then begin to prick up and with this in mind I was reminded of a recent show from the BBC’s Horizon series. Some years back Horizon championed a little known cream by Boots the Chemist which was central to their Protect and Perfect range. The show presented the results of tests in such a methodical manner so much so that everyone was taken in and the range of products bounced off the shelves. Well anyway a little while back BBC Horizon did a similar show (Surgeon Rozina Ali investigated the anti-ageing business in the BBC programme The Truth About Looking Young) and part of it was supporting clinical tests that had proved a little red pill to be excellent at postponing or reversing some effects of the aging process.
The brand is Dove Spa Strength Within and the product can be found at:
For those interested, the trials were conducted with some 108 and 164 women at two different locations with surprising results. Another source proclaimed that there were extraordinary findings that during a two week test the wrinkles around their eyes reduced by some 30%, but that’s not the claim on the main Dove site. Anyway the link below is the one you want…
The product was a result of work done at Uniliever labs, and according to a Dr. John Casey (try to watch the BBC Horizon show too, it’s really convincing) it stimulates the genes that produce estrogen and collagen so aiding skin plumpness and reducing the look of lined skin.
It’s not cheap at around £35 for a month (28 days of three tablets a day) or £99 for three months but it does seem to work. They recommend you take a course of 14 weeks.
I love it that the description starts with the sentence “Here at Dove Spa” it’s just is sooo “Laboratoire Garnier” do check out the Mitchell and Web sketch too.
Anyway the way I look at it you don’t necessarily have to spend all of this cash a month. Sure go out and buy the boxed product but why not just have a crack at some of the constituent ingredients and see if that in any way helps.
There’s a page outlining the active ingredients and it has example constituents (remember three times a day and I’m not too sure if these figures represent a pill, a day’s worth of pills or they’re just plucked out of the air for the fun of it) down as containing:
- 3mg Vitamin E (akin to eating 10 peeled almonds)
- 150mg Vitamin C (three small oranges)
- 30mg Isoflavones (1 glass of plain soymilk)
- 2mg Omega 3 (DHA/EPA) (1 portion of raw fresh salmon)
- 3mg Lycopene (1 fresh red tomato)
All of these ingredients are pretty easy to come by and all together I doubt they’d cost more than the £35 for a month. I do however stress that these tablets have been put together after scrupulous research and my mix and match Frankenstein creation is unlikely to get the same results. But hey I’m a trier and once I get myself in gear I’m going to add these to my weekly regimen.
As always take care when mixing pills and always consult a medical expert before or should there be any problems.
Actually screw the pills I like the idea of salmon and almonds and tomatoes etc… three times a day.
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