In an attempt to stay alive and young forever I have purchased the latest craze - a food supplement called Fountain (the beauty molecule). This product is said to be an anti aging elixir that will allow you to drink yourself young and healthy. Big claims!
So what is in it and how does it work? Fountain is a pomegranate flavoured (more about that below) liquid food supplement and contains resveratrol which is a very powerful anti-oxidant typically found in the red grape skins, red wine (I knew it was good for you!!!!), peanuts and Japanese knotweed and has never before been available in liquid form. Resveratrol in liquid form can be absorbed better and is more effective. Now for the nerdy part: scientists have proven that resveratrol slows down the division of cells, fist in plants then in worms and mice, and thereby delays their aging process (this is the short version, it is slightly more complicated than that - if you are nerdy like me you can read about the details here).
Fountain also contains another very potent antioxidant Black Carrot and the holy grail of skincare hyaluronic acid.
Now to the slight downside of this supplement - it tastes rotten!!! Due to the taste of the resveratrol the elixir is slightly on the bitter side. And by slightly I mean a lot. You are only meant to take one teaspoonful a day so I suppose it can be stomached. You can dilute it in juice or water but I wouldn't recommend it. It is best to down the teaspoonful quickly and maybe wash it down with a few mouthfuls of juice.
Alongside the skincare benefits some scientific studies have shown that resveratrol can help ward off melanoma, heard disease and in general promotes longevity and health in the body.
If you don't want to spend money on the supplement there are other ways of introducing the powerful antioxidant into your diet: drinking moderate amounts of high quality red wine (if your current condition allows it and your doctor has no objections; don't overdo it though, too much alcohol dehydrates the skin), grape juice, green tea or eating peanuts, blueberries, cranberries, acai and good quality dark chocolate.
I have been taking the supplement for about 3 weeks now and obviously haven't noticed a massive difference (it is not surgery after all) but overall I think my skin heals better and spots don't seem to linger as long as they used to.
Once I am through with my whole bottle (and it will take me a while, it seems to last forever!) I will write up Part 2 and update you on the longer term benefits and changes. Tonight I will be increasing my daily resveratrol intake by cracking open a lovely bottle of Shiraz and having some dark Lindt chocolate ; )
You can but Fountain in boots stores and online.
What do you think of skincare supplements? Will you be trying this?