Beauty from Within: Skin Supplements
Welcome to Beauty from Within: Skin Supplements, the first of a four-part series focused on the edible ingredients that can boost the health of:
The modern consumer understands that physical appearance is affected not only by what they choose to apply topically to their bodies but by what they choose to consume as well. In the United States, 48% of consumers currently take a vitamin or supplemental food blend for their skin health.1 This feature will focus on collagen, MCT oil powder, and Vitamin B3, the key ingredients to include in beauty from within food products and supplements that support skin nutrition.
Collagen is the most abundant, naturally occurring protein in the human body. What’s more, it is essential to maintaining a healthy skin cell turnover rate. That is important because it is the body’s process of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with brighter, more youthful appearing skin cells. Internal collagen production decreases as we age. That means that over time, as collagen production decreases, humans will have less luminous skin. Ingesting collagen as a skin supplement provides the body with the specific amino acids necessary to re-supplement the collagen naturally found in the body, aiding in maintaining a youthful appearance.
MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, are a type of saturated fatty acid that is easier to digest than other forms of fats found in foods. A key component to beauty from within is minimizing the effects of aging. MCTs have antioxidant properties, which allows them to fight off free radicals, or aging agents. MCTs also acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient by promoting a balanced gut flora. Maintaining the growth of healthy bacteria can help to keep skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema at bay. In powder form, MCT oil is highly functional in protein blends, meal replacements, and bakery mix applications.
The last of the trio, Vitamin B3, or niacin, is an essential nutrient. This means it can’t be produced naturally in the body. A diet rich in niacin is healthfully beneficial. Specifically, studies show niacin as a preventative food ingredient in the formation of Squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer.2 Niacin strengths your beauty from within to protect your skin from carcinogenic UV rays.
Consuming collagen, MCTs and Vitamin B3 can help all consumers in achieving a youthful and healthy glow to their skin. As a leading contract manufacturer in the food industry, Agropur Ingredients can incorporate any of these ingredients into finished product formulas. Additionally, we have stock private label formulas for brands to quickly enter the marketplace with on-trend, beauty from within enhancing products.
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