The basic chemical explanation is that free radicals are unstable molecules that are missing electrons. The missing electron makes the molecules unstable and causes them to search for other atoms or molecules that have these electrons to become stable again. This process results in oxidative stress which can damage DNA and other parts of the cell. One of the environmental triggers for free radicals is sunlight which includes UV radiation.
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What are Free Radicals?
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Research experiments show that antioxidants interact with free radicals and stabilize them, thus preventing the free radicals from causing cell damage.
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin, a xanthophyll carotenoid, is a nutrient with unique cell membrane actions and diverse clinical benefits. This molecule neutralizes free radicals or other oxidants by either accepting or donating electrons without being destroyed or becoming a pro-oxidant in the process. Clinically, astaxanthin has shown diverse benefits, with excellent safety and tolerability. Astaxanthin's clinical success extends beyond protection against oxidative stress and inflammation, to demonstrable promise for slowing age-related functional decline.
What is Polypodium Leucotomos?
Polypodium Leucotomos, (PL) is a tropical fern found in Central and South America that demonstrates strong potential as an adjunct to sunscreen protection. PL supplementation acts at a molecular and cellular level to inhibit generation of oxidative stress, thus decreasing UV-caused DNA mutations. PL has also been shown to accelerate removal of UV-induced photoproducts, highlighting its anti-carcinogenic role. By reducing UV-induced inflammatory responses PL demonstrates some protective effects against photoaging.
What is Nicotinamide?
Nicotinamide (vitamin B3 ) has a range of photoprotective effects; it enhances DNA repair, reduces UV radiation-induced suppression of skin immune responses, modulates inflammatory cytokine production and skin barrier function and restores cellular energy levels after UV exposure. Pharmacological doses of nicotinamide have been shown to reduce actinic keratoses and nonmelanoma skin cancer incidence in high-risk individuals, making this a nontoxic and accessible option for skin cancer chemoprevention in this population.
How do astaxanthin, polypodium leucotomos & nicotinamide all work together?
The combination of the three ingredients in SunTru - ULTRA 3 provides a high level of cellular activity in the mitigation of sunlight (UV) exposure. SunTru - ULTRA 3 combines the beneficial aspects of each to reduce oxidative stress, stimulate cellular level activity and modulate inflammatory response.*