Skin Defense Review
Skin Defense is supplement which claims to help protect and revitalize your skin. It’s sold by Alpha Formula Labs from Wilmington, Delaware. They appear to be a newer company with Skin Defense as their flagship – but sole – product. The supplement doesn’t have GMP or NSF certifications to prove the quality of their ingredients, but the company says they have high standards, and everything is made in the United States.
Skin Defense contains the following ingredients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Biotin, Zinc, Selenium, Flax Seed Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Gelatin, magnesium stearate, rice flour, silicon dioxide and calcium carbonate
Skin Defense has 8 vitamins and minerals plus three nootropic ingredients – ginkgo biloba leaf extract, grape seed (Vitis vinifera) extract, and flax seed powder. 1000 mg of flax seed contains approximately 250 mg of polyunsaturated fats, including Omega-3s. Flax seed has Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important. Flax has them in the form of Alpha-Linoleic Acid (ALA). The body can convert this to DHA and EPA, the essential Omega-3s, but it’s not easily done. The conversion rate is often under 10 percent. Fish oils are the most common source of the Omega-3s we need in our daily diets. For vegans, there are algae alternatives. We get a good amount of ALA in our daily diets since it’s found in many foods. It’s usually used for energy by our bodies, with only tiny amounts converted into other nutrients. Research continuously proves that omega-3s are effective in combating heart disease and other problems. Even from ALA, Omega-3s can increase cognitive function, improve mood, enhance bone density, and more. ALA is great but you need to take a very large amount. One serving of Skin Defense will usually give you 2.5 to 25 mg of EPA and DHA.
- No allergens or filler ingredients. But do note that flaxseed supplements can interact poorly with blood thinning medications, birth control, and diabetes medicine.
- Flax seed is best as a powder. It can be used to help fight against high cholesterol, heart disease, menopausal symptoms, and possibly some forms of cancer.
- Omega-3s have a lot of benefits for the mind and body, but don’t often translate into better hair, skin, or nails. Flax powder is best for helping your digestive system and lowering cholesterol.
- Way too much selenium. Most people get over 100 mcg a day from their daily diets, so two capsules of Skin Defense would double that. And more than 200 mcg of selenium a day may increase your risk for diabetes and cancer.
This product is intended for men or women who want to stave off aging, plus grow and repair their skin, nails, and hair. Skin Defense works well for some people, but its overall effectiveness is uncertain. Flax seed has proven benefits, but with the small amounts present here, you’re not likely to notice a big difference in your daily life. This supplement may benefit your cardiovascular system, and it could lower cholesterol, but there isn’t much scientific evidence that it will help your hair or skin. It does work well enough as a multivitamin for some people, though. Ask your doctor if Skin Defense is right for you.
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Is Skin Defense Right For You?
Skin Defense is a supplement which promises to help support and repair skin, hair, and nails for both women and men. It’s sold by Delaware company Alpha Formula Labs, based out of Wilmington. Their website doesn’t include information about who they are, and Skin Defense is their only product. ICANN records say the company’s website was launched in October 2014, so the company is about two years old (at the time of this writing). They use an FDA registered facility for manufacturing but don’t mention having GMP or NSF certifications, the gold standards of showing off ingredient purity and quality.
Ingredients of Skin Defense
Skin Defense includes the following ingredients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Biotin, Zinc, Selenium, Flax Seed Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Gelatin, magnesium stearate, rice flour, silicon dioxide and calcium carbonate
Effectiveness of Skin Defense
This supplement uses 9 active ingredients, mostly vitamins and minerals. It includes ginkgo biloba, grape seed, and flax seed powder. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is sometimes used for treating diabetes and brittle nails. For most people, the recommended daily dose is 30 mcg a day, while this supplement has a massive 5000 mcg per capsule. It’s a critical vitamin which does a lot for your body.
Flax is included because it contains the “true” Omega-3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid. Our bodies can use it to make the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Unfortunately, the conversion rate is low, often thought to be around one percent. Some research says it could be as high as 15 percent for some people, but the conversion rate is usually very low. Your personal conversion rate will vary depending on age, gender, and other factors. Most experts don’t recommend ALA supplements as a result – you can directly get DHA and EPA from fish oil and some algae products. 1000 mg of flax seed powder will give you about 250 mg of ALA. Most experts recommend people get a combined 500 mg of EPA and DHA. 250 mg of ALA will convert into less than 50 mg of EPA and DHA. Far less than the recommended amount. Also note that Skin Defense should be taken with plenty of fluids, and not at the same time as other supplements.
Skin Defense Price
Since you’re supposed to take two capsules a day, the price is very high. This product isn’t guaranteed to work and costs about double what an average nootropic supplement costs. Taking one capsule a day makes the price shift into the “average” range. There’s a 60 day money back guarantee for unopened products. If you’ve opened the bottle and aren’t satisfied, the company encourages people to contact their customer service department.
Does Skin Defense Work?
This could be an effective supplement for some people. The vitamins and nootropics aren’t directly correlated with skin related benefits, but reviewers say Skin Defense does good things. Some people report better skin and hair after taking supplements with Omega-3s but that’s usually from fish oil. The amount of Omega-3s in this product is very low. Alpha Formula Labs says that by taking Skin Defense you’ll naturally enhance your body’s ability to have great hair, nails, and skin, including eliminating age spots.