It has a ridiculously long name and it claims to be a breakthrough potion that will target three different types of free radical. Aha. I was rubbing my hands with glee at the prospect of exposing another product that owes more to the marketing department than the lab. It turns out that Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense Barrier Longevity Complex (I warned you it was a mouthful) is one of my more exciting finds ($125) and may even live up to everything it claims.
Osmotics is a company that makes quite a few copper peptide products under the name Blue Copper. Copper peptides are backed by good clinical data as repairers of wounds and scars and the anti-aging indications are good. The problem is that the effective formulation, called GHK, is under a closely-held patent (owned by a company called Skin Biology). So when a product says it has copper peptides then they may not have the real McCoy. In Osmotics' case, they might be on to something because they combine tripeptide-1 with soy protein. There is some speculation that this may create a new generation of copper peptide that is superior to GHK.
That alone would make me look with interest at Osmotics. But there is more. There are also a couple of other very good antioxidants: coenzyme Q10 (or ubiquinone 50) and dimethylmethoxy chromanol, which has plenty of data backing it up as a very potent antioxidant.
Even more interesting is an ingredient that I have only recently started to come across: carnosine. This is actually supposed to extend the Hayflick Limit from around 52 cell divisions to 62.
And finally, there is nothing not to like. No nasty preservatives or any ingredients that I have found to have toxicity or contact dermatitis data. Definitely worth giving Osmotics a try. I shall and will post a review.
UPDATE: 3/23/2008 My speculation (based on someone else's speculation on an online message board) that Osmotics is combining tripeptide-1 with soy protein to get a superior copper peptide turns out to be hopelessly wrong. A classic case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. Anyway, I was sent an email putting me right. The combination of tripeptide-1 with soy and wheat creates something called Aldenine, which s supposed to be a powerful booster of collagen production. In fact, Aldenine looks very interesting and I'll do some more digging around on it.
What is it: copper peptides
What is it: Carnosine and why did the Norwegians ban it