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New study shows how plant-based Astaxanthin will save your skin against sun damage

A new clinical trial, by FujiFilm, has provided stronger evidence for the protective role of astaxanthin against skin damage from UV. Algal-derived astaxanthin is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant and through the studies conducted by FujiFIlm, has been proven to help protect our skin against the damage and ageing that UV light can cause. Nature has already proven the relevance of this nutritional supplement, with fish and birds accumulating astaxanthin from microalgae in order to enhance their protection from oxidative stress and UV radiation.

Volunteers in the study received either a 4mg dose of astaxanthin, derived from Algatech’s microalgae population or an inert placebo. The results were gained by measuring the subjects’ minimal erythema dose (the minimal dose of UV light that induces visible reddening of the skin). Those taking the astaxanthin showed an increased minimal erythema dose, meaning they could withstand longer exposure to UV light before it reddening their skin-in comparison to the placebo group, whose levels were lower.

Additionally, those who took the astaxanthin supplement were seen to retain higher levels of skin moisture in the areas exposed to UV light, compared to the placebo group.

So to save your skin against the last of the summer sun, consider opting for astaxanthin supplements. Algatech’s AstaPure astaxanthin is all-natural, vegan-friendly and non-GMO.

O.VINE turns water into wine… sustainably!

By ‘upcycling’ the grape skins from wineries, which were previously deemed as waste, O.Vine have created a delicious botanical beverage. Simple spring water is infused with the nutraceutical compounds derived from the surplus wine grape skin and seeds, to create the unique and refreshing O.Vine Wine Water.

Considering that during the process of making wine, around 25 per cent of the wine grapes become waste, O.Vines drinks are not only inventive, but are sustainable also. “Wine waste typically is used for compost or animal feed, but storing and transport costs are expensive,” explained CEO, and mind behind Wine Water, Anat Levi. “Yet the skins and seeds of grapes are rich in phytochemicals that have been shown to have positive health benefits. The vision of Wine Water Ltd. was to upcycle these typically ‘lost’ ingredients and use them in a product to sustain wellbeing and health.”

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This month’s issue is all about embracing the new term; sure it’s not January, so we can’t coin any pun-tastic New Year’s resolutions, but there’s never a bad time of year to make a change; whether that’s reinventing yourself, your diet or even just adopting a more positive outlook on life. September in itself brings with it a feeling of freshness; it marks the changing of season – the start of a sunny summer turning into a mild, golden autumn – while children of all ages will be heading back to school for the start of the academic year. And food wise: it’s all about lunch! We’ll be looking at the most scrumptious, yet simple recipes for your lunchbox, that’ll mean – whether it’s for school or work – you’ll be looking forward to lunch every day. Turn to page 34 for oodles of inspiration for your midday meal. Then we’ll be reinventing the wheel – well, ok, the cauliflower – with some inventive new takes on traditional recipes using this uniquely nutritious vegetable. And for the perfect healthy balance, we’re giving you a selection of tempting cheat-day meals, including my favourite mint choc-chip sandwich cookies (page 53), followed by our biggest health and fitness feature to date. See page 80, for fitness expert Maxim Leach’s top tips and tricks on HIIT workouts. And though most of our summer holidays will have been and gone, there’s no time like the present to start booking the next one! Turn to page 58 where we’ll guide you through the beautiful Comoros and explore its exciting vegan delicacies. For now, just grab an apron and get experimenting!