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Ergothioneine

* A natural antioxidant amino acid found in mushrooms

* Read more about Ergothioneine in TIA’s Article

Functions:

According to SkinInfo.com and The Natural Database, Ergothioneine is an antioxidant found in various liver, kidney, black and red beans, oat bran and fungi (mushrooms) that protects the mitochondrial membrane from oxidation by transferring fatty acids to help skin use oxygen more efficiently and produce more regenerative energy. Topically, it is used to prevent wrinkles, reduce signs of aging skin, and reduce photodamage.

Although it is used in many topical products like skin creams and moisturizers, numerous studies have also shown that consuming fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants like ergothioneine may reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. It has been shown to have strong antioxidant properties and to provide cellular protection within the human body (Source).

According to a study done by Penn State University (read more about this skeptical study here), white button mushrooms have about 12 times more of the antioxidant than wheat germ and 4 times more than chicken liver, the previous top-rated ergothioneine sources. A standard 3-ounce USDA serving of these mushrooms, about the amount you'd put on a steak or mushroom-topped burger, supplies up to 5 milligrams of ergothioneine.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

There are no serious side effects that result from ingesting or applying ergothioneine, primarily because it is a naturally occurring antioxidant in the body.

Recommended Products w/ Ergothioneine:

Products in the 2008 Five Best Anti-Aging SerumsThe New Science of Perfect Skin, Revlon Age Defying Spa Foundation, Remergent Age Retaliator Serum

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