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Chrysin

* Botanical Ingredient * * A naturally occurring isoflavone that is extracted from plants, most often from the passiflora caerulea (blue passion flower).

This flavanoid is well documented for exhibiting anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic capabilities. It's frequently taken as an herbal supplement by bodybuilders who are looking to increase muscle mass via an increase in testosterone. This is due to the fact that most chrysin manufacturers market their supplements as aromatase activity inhibitors (meaning it inhibits the synthesis of estrogen). However, there is no substantial scientific data to support these purported claims, and there is growing evidence that this ingredient has no effect on the body's estrogen levels whatsoever.

* Botanical Ingredient *

* A naturally occurring isoflavone that is extracted from plants, most often from the passiflora caerulea (blue passion flower).

Functions:

This flavanoid is well documented for exhibiting anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic capabilities. It's frequently taken as an herbal supplement by bodybuilders who are looking to increase muscle mass via an increase in testosterone. This is due to the fact that most chrysin manufacturers market their supplements as aromatase activity inhibitors (meaning it inhibits the synthesis of estrogen). However, there is no substantial scientific data to support these purported claims, and there is growing evidence that this ingredient has no effect on the body's estrogen levels whatsoever.

In skin care, this ingredient is mostly used as a skin conditioning agent, anti-inflammatory and potential antioxidant. Research strongly suggests that this flavonoid works to reduce inflammations, most likely due to the fact that it inhibits COX-2 expression and PGE-2 formation. It also demonstrates its ability to scavenge free radicals in the body, purporting that it may function as an antioxidant as well.

Some lab tests also suggest that chrysin activates the enzyme Uridine Diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT1A1), which helps eliminate pigmented bilirubin and iron deposits underneath the skin (aka dark circles). For this reason, this ingredient is extremely popular with under eye creams looking to combat puffiness and dark circles. You may find chrysin in cosmetic products such as eye cream, anti-aging treatment, sunscreen, facial moisturizer/lotion, makeup, exfoliant/scrub and body firming lotion.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Because this is a fairly new ingredient to crop up in the cosmetic industry, very little is known regarding the safety of this its topical use. Regarding potential toxicity, one test performed on fish revealed small concentrations of chrysin to stimulate cell toxicity and inhibit DNA synthesis in a normal trout liver cell line. However, it should be mentioned that for years chrysin has been used to treat various inflammation induced conditions in humans (i.e. metastatic colorectal cancer), and there have been no measurable signs of toxicity thus far.

Recommended Products w/ chrysin:

Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop), Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator ($68 in the shope), AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop), ReLuma Eye Cream, Arcona Peptide Eye Serum

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