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Carnosine - A powerful antioxidant banned in Norway

March 13, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
Personally, I like the whole idea of a Swiss company that comes up with something called Miracle Hangover Cure, which gets banned, then Miracle Eye Drops, which gets banned, and then a face cream, which gets banned, and has a CEO who says  "our main challenge is our products work a bit too well".  That's the  kind of glass-half-full-guy that I want on my team.

Anyway, the company is called Ethos and the cream (clearly the Miracle appellation wasn't on a winning streak for them) is called Rejuvion and it has been banned in Norway on the grounds that it contains a drug and therefore must be regulated as such. The ingredient in question is called carnosine and there is no question that it is interesting:

Carnosine is a natural amino-acid that is a potent anti-oxidant, it helps to chelate ionic metals (flush toxins from the body), it has immune boosting properties, it is known to reduce and prevent cell damage caused by beta amyloid (the substance found in the brain of Alzheimer disease patients) and recent evidence even suggests that Carnosine has a important role in the sense of smell.

The thing I find exciting is that Australian researchers claim it can extend the HayFlick Limit. The Hayflick Limit is the name given to the sad fact that our cells will only divide and reproduce 52 times before dying altogether (no matter how much peeling you undergo). Carnosine may give us up to another 10!

Carnosine is taken as a supplement by bodybuilders and those who think it will improve their mental faculties. Whilst it is non-toxic, imbibing too much can cause muscle spasms.

I am guessing that carnosine was in the Miracle Eye Drops as well, since I just read that Russian scientists found that it is a great cure for cataracts. And if it can cure hangovers too, then they are definitely on to something.

Rejuvion doesn't appear to be available in the US and I can't find that many products that contain carnosine.
  • February 27, 2017

    by Alicia

    There have been many studies proving the positive effects of Carnosine!
    Can be studied reading in the medline.

  • March 23, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>The Norwegian view is that if this really works then it should be classified as a drug and regulated as such. </p>

    <p>I'll look into Olaz.</p>

    <p>Thank you for the link. Send me your URL and I'll link back.</p>

  • March 23, 2008

    by monique lindeboom

    <p>dear editor, carnosine is much more used than we think. for example in olaz, regenerist of definity - iam not sure in which one of those and i have seen other brands as well. iam stunned that the norway authorities has banned it. do you know the reason? was the percentage to high or so? it sounds so odd as we know that one of the world largest brands like olaz is, uses it as well:-)</p>

    <p>keep up your good work, i made a link on my Dutch beautyblog to your website</p>

    <p>all the best, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands</p>

    <p>Monique Lindeboom<br />
    beauty journalist</p>

  • March 23, 2008

    by Skin Geek

    <p>In my own research Carnosine is an effective anti-glycator that has potential to break the bonds that create Advanced Glycation Endproducts (see <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> ) and Lipofuscin deposits that contribute to cutaneous aging in skin and connective structures. </p>

    <p>Because such chemicals are VERY hard to come by and even render effective, if Carnosine is indeed effective in rejeuvenation by its anti-glycation actions no wonder regulatory bodies are eager to shut it down, or solicit "taxes and fines" to take advantage of substances that have potential to profit from the marketplace.</p>

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