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Beauty from within? What nutricosmetics can really do

Silky soft hair, firm skin and healthy fingernails – nutricosmetics are supposed to make us more beautiful from the inside with the help of supplements. But do capsules, collagen drinks and vitamin gummy bears really work? Tikbow asked the experts.

The much quoted phrase “You are what you eat” is based on a saying by the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach in 1850. In fact, a balanced diet can have a positive influence on our well-being, as a New Zealand study by the University of Otago has shown. And a trend can also be observed in the population: More and more people are adopting a more balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle is in vogue, and the industry has also long since realized this. As a result, the nutricosmetics business is booming.

Nutrikosmetik – what is that actually?

"Nutricosmetics is often touted as the ‘beauty cure from within‘. This refers to special supplements that provide the body with a mix of minerals, vitamins and trace elements," explains Dr. Afschin Fatemi, founder and head of the S-thetic Group in Frankfurt am Main. The supposed beauty elixirs are said to have a positive influence on skin and hair and come in a wide variety of forms, for example as secco enriched with collagen.

Some of these products are more potent, while others are less effective. Food supplements enclosed in liposomes are generally better absorbed by the body and reach the intestines more easily,” says the expert. One may not expect miracles nevertheless, because Nutrikosmetika are finally freely verkäuflich and are considered purely legally as simple food.

Ingredients in check

"Proven to work well are the ingredients resveratrol, barley grass juice or vitamin B12. Resveratrol has strong antioxidant properties and stimulates collagen synthesis in the skin. In contrast, barley grass can lower cholesterol and even help prevent heart attacks and strokes. And vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods, which is why many vegetarians and vegans take B12 üvia supplements" says Dr. Fatemi.

On Supplements such as Hyaluronsäure can one however confidently do without, because the material is already degraded über the Schleimhute in the mouth, so the expert.

How can I recognize high-quality nutricosmetics?

Sometimes you get the feeling that new supplements are being launched every day. Interested parties are therefore quickly overwhelmed and lose the overview. So if you want to make sure that the beauty pills have an effect, you should pay attention to the bioavailability. This indicates the percentage of the ingredient that actually reaches the body. Another important indicator is the HACCAP seal. Manufacturers with this label must guarantee that all hazards that could be transferred to food by substances are avoided. High-quality food supplements also bear the TÜV seal, the dermatologist adds.

Nutricosmetics – do you really need it?

Beauty vitamins mainly have a präventive and supportive effect. So if you already live a healthy lifestyle, keep fit and take good care of your skin, the positive effect will not be serious. But the expert also knows that sometimes you don’t have time for this in everyday life: "Under stress, one does not always manage to completely cover the body’s nutrient needs. Then nutricosmetics can be helpful. However, this should not be used as a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet. After all, food provides us with other nutrients that we cannot consume as a pill;

With expert advice from Dr. Afschin Fatemi, founder and head of the S-thetic Group in Frankfurt a.M.