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In Sight—UVA Protection Through Strawberry Anthocyanins
By: Katie Anderson
Posted: October 1, 2012, from the October 2012 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
Francesca Giampieri, center, is a doctoral student at the Università Politecnica delle Marche’s department of odontostomatologic and specialized clinical sciences. She conducted the research with fellow students Luca Mazzoni, left, and José Miguel Alvarez Suarez, right.
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“At the moment the results act as the basis for future studies evaluating the bioavailability and bioactivity of anthocyanins in the dermis and epidermis layers of the human skin, whether by adding them to formulations for external use or by ingesting the fruit itself. The team also plans to verify the photoprotective effects of other cultivars rich in anthocyanins. In addition, they plan to test the anthocyanins purified from the same extract for their UV protection in human dermal fibroblast.
Should topical application of the strawberry extract be found to protect humans better than ingestion, Giampieri notes the fruit also contains a number of other antioxidant compounds with skin benefits such as ellagitannins, flavonols and vitamins.
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