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Recent Studies Indicate that it May be Possible to Avoid Dementia and Alzheimer's Diseases

Updated: Mar 27, 2019

Sounds impossible, but the article is based upon two credible university studies that indicate that keeping our skin moist and healthy, may be of great benefit to us when we reach old age (that would be after the age of 60?) Two recent studies at UC Davis and UC San Francisco have been conducted to include the examination of large test group of senior citizens in an attempt to identify possible causes of serious diseases in older people, such as dementia, heart disease and  Alzheimer's disease.

Here’s what the dermatologists discovered: As aging skin begins to break down, the immune system releases small proteins called cytokines to signal the system that there’s inflammation in a damaged portion of the largest human organ—our skin.   These tiny inflammatory cytokines can and do leak into the circulatory system, and if there are enough of them, they can trigger inflammation throughout the body.  Increased inflammation can bring on much more serious diseases. 

The study’s senior author said:  “Once we get old, we have dermatological symptoms like itchiness, dryness and changes in acidity of our skin. It could be that the skin has a very minor inflammation, but because the skin is such a large organ, it elevates circulating cytokine levels.” 

Scientists have long wondered why older people have so many more cytokines in their circulatory systems compared to counts of younger people who have far fewer. Dermatologists were certain that the older, less-healthy skin is the culprit for increased number and activity of the cytokines that can bring on much more serious inflammatory diseases.  

They designed an experiment to test the hypothesis, asking one group of seniors (ages 58-95), to apply every day a specified amount of skin moisturizing cream to their bodies over a period of 30 days.  They had a similar sized group that did not apply any moisturizer at all during the same time period.   They measured the existing level of cytokines in each volunteer before the experiment began.

At the end of the thirty day period, they measured the cytokine level of both groups and found that the group that had used the moisturizing cream daily had cytokine levels equal to that of a 30-year old.  The same group were found to have lowered their skin acidity, improved hydration and repaired its permeability.  In other words the moisturizing cream did reduce cytokine levels to normal, equal to the counts of younger people, and also increased their skin’s health.  The scientists  will continue their studies concerning cytokine reduction and the resulting reduction of serious inflammation and hopefully fewer more serious health problems in senior citizens.

Island Trend has known for years that good, natural moisturizing creams are beneficial to achieve and preserve skin health.  With the above confirming information regarding cytokine reduction by using moisturizing creams daily, such use may also also help people avoid serious health problems such as dementia, Alzheimer's and heart diseases.

Here is our Island Trend line of three,  truly extraordinary, natural moisturizing creams:

  • Tamanu Oil Dry Skin Butter is great to alleviate dry skin anywhere on your body.  Better skin health is a potential benefit

  • Tamanu Oil Lotion  is a super moisturizing cream that one can apply head-to-toe and enjoy wonderful, moist and healthy skin.

  • Tamanu Oil After-Shave Lotion is an excellent moisturizer for after-shave or general, whole body use.  Better skin health is a real possible benefit.

By publishing this article regarding the use of moisturizing creams that may help keep skin heathy and moist, we do not make any claims that such use of any moisturizing creams will cure or treat any mental diseases such as dementia or Alzheimers or heart disease.

“This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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