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ASEA Renu 28

ASEA Renu 28 Consigned to Dept of Daft

Reviewed by Marta July 11, 2014 42 Comments

Someone wrote to us with the disingenuous cheeriness that only a product rep can have. She had just happened to come across this amazing anti-aging potion with only four ingredients and would love to know what we thought. The product was ASEA Renu 28, and its secret sauce is one of the more surprising — nay, preposterous — that I have come across.

Let’s take those four precious ingredients in turn:

Aqua/Water/Eu — um, that would be water

Sodium Magnesium Silicate — a synthetic silicate clay used as a bulking agent and to slow the decomposition of products (and it also goes into the making of concrete)

Disodium Phosphate — a buffering agent and, incidentally, a laxative

Sodium Chloride — a common and garden salt

At this point, you might be wondering how they can charge $80 for two tubes of ASEA Renu 28. Well, what to the untrained (or in my case cynical) eye may look to be water, salt and clay is actually Redox Signaling technology. Really! It says so on the ASEA website. And it “provies [sic] critical connections and communication between cells with Redox Signaling molecules to ensure optimum renewal and replenishment.”

Upon being told that Redox Signaling molecules exist in my body but are disappearing with age, I wondered why I hadn’t heard of them before. The first page of an online search revealed an advertisement for SilverLinings, a non-profit for “the emotional rejuvenation of displaced veterans.” The SilverLinings home page says “We have noticed that a Redox Signaling Supplement supports our veterans significantly.” Hmmm... I clicked on the link provided and was taken the ASEA website where Redox Signaling Supplements can be bought. This is subtle stuff.

A bit more digging through some genuine scientific papers revealed that “the major molecules that participate in Redox Signaling are reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as superoxide, hydrogen peroxide...” ASEA claims it is the world’s only source for Redox Signaling molecules, and I am wondering how water, clay, salt and a buffering agent amount to really complex molecules such as superoxide.

There is a paper on the ASEA website that says: “The reactive molecules in ASEA™ are produced by a complex proprietary electrochemical process that reduces and oxidizes the base saline solution, resulting in an equilibrium of several known reactive molecules.” Well, I do accept that there is a base saline solution, but I am still no wiser about the mysterious “electrochemical process.”  The rest of the paper is verifying that there are molecules present — incidentally, the verifier is a doctor who is also in the ASEA promotional video endorsing the product.

A test was conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory that measured ASEA, in vitro, and reported an increase in glutathione and also in superoxidismutase, though to a lesser extent. Well, that must be bonafide. But on closer reading the PNNL report is very odd, indeed.

The first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t on any kind of PNNL standard reporting; there is no logo, address or anything that looks officially PNNL. At the end of the report, it says:

*PNNL is not in any way endorsing ASEA, it merely acted as an independent laboratory in performing and producing these test results.

Somehow I don’t think that a Department of Energy agency would need to say that. And there are few other things that don’t gel, like vague and hyperbolic language. Apparently, the PNNL tested “hundreds” of cells. That is not very precise or scientific. And the PNNL found the test results “extraordinary” — an adjective that doesn’t sound precise, scientific, or independent.

But I might just be getting cynical in my old age. Or then again, it could be something in the water.

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Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.

  • April 25, 2017

    by Shelley

    I started using the ASEA Renu Advanced RENU 28 Revitalizing Redox Gel due to excruciating knee pain. After months of post-surgery rehab, I was still getting intermittent pain.

    About three days after using the Gel on my knees and a little on the back of my neck twice a day, I noticed with surprise that my knee pain was so much better. When the pain struck, it was only very mild, and after another week it's almost disappeared completely. I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough - I had almost given up hope of being pain free!

  • April 6, 2017

    by Courtney

    I got recommended for this product by a very reputable Australian naturopath for my acne. I'm 25 years old and have PCOS. This product has helped me significantly. I wash my face with water, dry, then apply Renu. Afterwards, I apply a tiny amount of raw organic shea butter. My skin always looks fresh immediately afterwards and when I use it on a daily basis, I have much less acne and any break outs I have heal a lot faster. If I stop using it, my break outs come back but as soon as I start using this product, they significantly look so much better when I see my skin the next day. Even the wrinkles under my eyes are disappearing. I really highly recommend this product.

  • December 21, 2016

    by Bob

    All I can say is after using it for a few months people say I look younger for some reason. Your skin looks great. etc etc. There has to be a reason whether its Renu 28 or must attitude. Who knows.

  • September 17, 2016

    by Dave

    I have been taking Asea for several months now. The first thing I noticed was longer more sound sleep, then my energy went through the roof, like making banana bread at 10 pm [I am 71] takes an hour to cook then all of the age spots on my hands were gone, but most of all is that I am much more mentally organized. I will take this product forever and I havent received a dime for these coments

  • August 7, 2016

    by Lori H

    From a review of your site it appears that you do market products.
    You don't mention any test results for your own 30-day trial of ASEA products. It appears you have not interviewed any of the Doctors that have written about their research of ASEA products, namely, Dr. Rob Ward. It appears you have failed to do your real homework in that you have not provided factual information, i.e. reference to scientific studies, etc. Can you explain how ASEA and Renu 28 works, the real science behind it? Please be honest and respond with the truth.

    Wikipedia stated the following: "Truth In Aging accepts no payments for their reviews and makes full disclosure when a product has been supplied by a marketer. They review everything from anti-aging serums, anti-aging treatments, beauty and skin products, and haircare and health products and treatments. Products are for men and women and given a 30-day testing period before reviews are written, giving readers and honest, genuine, and helpful review."

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