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Dept of Daft: Bullfrog Skin Provides Cheap Vitamin E

December 29, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments
2009 product alert: look out for products containing bullfrog skin. It comes with the compelling combination of a bit of science and the promise of being cheaper than one of the most commonly used anti-aging ingredients, vitamin E.

A Korean research team, published in Bioresource Technology, claims to have isolated a peptide found in both the skin and the muscle of bullfrogs. Because of the peptide's strong antioxidant qualities, the scientists say that it is effective in eradicating the effects of free radicals on the skin.

The lead scientist on the team, Professor Kim has gone on record saying that since bullfrogs are an environmental pest, their widespread slaughter would do the world a favor while at the same time providing a cheap and easy way to produce an alternative to synthetically produced vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol).
Professor Kim also points out that there are advantages for formulators because it is water-soluble and can be incorporated into a wide range of products - even beauty drinks.

Now it is worth noting that Professor Kim's team isolated the peptide, but they haven't tested it on skin to see if it works. A Brazilian team has. And, unfortunately, the results weren't encouraging. In fact, when the Brazilians put bullfrog oil on mice cells they found that it actually induced tissue damage.
  • December 31, 2008

    by Lori

    I'm so glad emu oil helped your husband's back!! I had no idea it had analgesic properties.

    Let us know what you think of the argan oil, it is intriguing! I'm so scared to put these pure oils on my face (although I guess Crisco is the latest trend) but they do sink right in.

  • December 31, 2008

    by JulieK

    Emu oil has helped with my husband's lower back pain (when nothing, and I mean nothing, even narcotics, else worked), so I have used it on a pulled shoulder a few times. I did specify "some cases" above.

    I used rosehip oil on my face, as well, and am readying myself to try some argan oil. I've got the "can it be as good as they say" eager/anxiety thing going on. ~jk

  • December 30, 2008

    by Lori

    I don't mean to discount emu oil's effectiveness or to offend you, but to me it would be like putting chicken fat on my face! I like using rose hip oil. : )

    And I totally agree with you on banishing the bullfrogs! Exactly how are they an environmental pest? Do they eat too many bugs?

  • December 29, 2008

    by JulieK

    Emu oil has actually worked in some cases for me. That aside... "Jeramiah was a Bullfrog"!!! never for a moment think we can go banishing these creatures willy-nilly. Geesh. ~jk

  • December 29, 2008

    by Lori

    Disgusting!!! And I thought emu oil was bad.

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