Should you be using drinkable anti-aging formulas?

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for the wonderful service that you provide. My question concerns the potential value of, or risk of, new drinkable anti-aging formulas. The testimonials make it sound wonderful but there does not seem to be a lot of information out yet about the safety or efficacy of these products. Any experience or opinion you have would be most appreciated.

You all ask the best questions. There have been a few of these anti-aging formulas around for awhile, but I’m seeing another resurgence of marketing; and with it the social media marketing. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MARKETING AND TESTIMONIALS ARE ONLY THAT. THEY ARE NOT PROOF, OR EVEN WISE. This includes sites that include a ton of really cool graphics explaining their science. It’s a web jungle out there!  🙂

So it took me awhile to research this. I won’t print the name of it, because it helps their marketing. We tried to find the scientific paper they were claiming had been published and couldn’t find it. We even called the dermatologist’s office whose name was on the study and spoke directly to her. She couldn’t/wouldn’t explain where we could find the paper.  Very odd. What I think is below. These are my opinions.

BOTTOM LINE: These drinkable anti-aging formulas seem to have no proof or merit at this time.

Here’s When You Should be Skeptical of a Skin Care Product

  • The company won’t disclose what’s in it as far as ingredients.  In the case above, they just would not make it available.
  • Or you can’t even reach anyone in their “service” department without spending hours
  • The claims seem too good to be true
  • You try to find the science they are claiming, and you can’t.  Most reputable papers are available through Pubmed (see their site here).
  • The claims for curing or helping are incredibly general and broad… like fatigue, low libido (sex drive), rashes, sore joints, depression, etc. All of these problems are very common.

What to Look for in a Good Product!

  • The claims about the product’s effects are specific and focused on a particular problem.  Even “inflammation” which is general could be specific if their science on this is targeted to this problem.
  • You can verify any “trademarked” ingredients listed on the label. Reputable companies will usually provide these to consumers to help with possible allergy issues.
  • The product is FDA approved in the case of medical devices or drugs. This isn’t always foolproof, though. Some companies will get FDA approval for one indication and then try to claim a whole lot of other indications.
  • You can find the science on the product easily.
  • Other reputable sources have information on their sites that isn’t advertising. Try WebMD or the Mayo or Cleveland Clinic sites.

Hope this helps, Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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