Lee Swanson, President of Swanson Health Products®
Vladimir Badmaev, M.D.
Dear Friends and Valued Customers:
Vladimir Badmaev, M.D., is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in the field of immunopharmacology. He is the author and coauthor of over 70 scientific and popular scientific articles, 13 books, 13 U.S. and international patents and 9 successful IND applications with the FDA. He is a three-time recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Award, which recognizes innovative companies and inventors.
As always, I wish you the very best of health,
DR. BADMAEV: Ceramides are a class of lipids found in both animals and in plants. We ingest them through foods, and our bodies have the ability to manufacture them on demand.
Ceramides participate in a variety of activities within the body. For example, they protect the skin from the environment. More important, however, is their role in intracellular "signaling," which is the way cells "talk" to one another. Ceramides facilitate cellular "conversation," telling cells when to grow, how to grow, how to differentiate, how to react to stress, and when to start a new generation of cells to grow. Unlike protein signaling molecules, ceramides pass through cell membranes and cannot be stored for use when needed. That's why we must get them from our diet and provide the body with the material to produce them on demand.
DR. BADMAEV: Ceramides defend against dehydration and help the cells to communicate in times of stress, like the stress that occurs during exposure to UV rays. When skin is exposed to stress, cellular production of ceramides increases, helping the cells to communicate and counter the effects.
When our skin shows signs of aging, it's often due to a lack of ceramides and lack of protection. Some protection comes from the surface "oil" on your skin, which is up to 50 percent ceramides. But ceramides do much more. Deeper down, we find ceramides in the epidermis and dermis, where they act as a sealant both on the surface and between the cells, preventing moisture loss. Loss of moisture is one of the primary reasons our skin begins to look older, and it makes the skin more vulnerable. So, ceramides are vital to maintaining proper skin hydration inside and out, while at the cellular level they help facilitate the constant renewal process necessary for healthy skin.
DR. BADMAEV: Lipowheat delivers a particular type of ceramide derived from wheat kernel. Other ceramide products are synthetic or animal-derived. Also, Lipowheat is the only ceramide supplement that is supported by clinical research. For example, a 2007 study found that after three months, 95 percent of participants showed significant improvement in skin hydration while taking Lipowheat.1 A more recent study published just this year found a 35 percent increase in skin hydration among Lipowheat users vs. placebo.2
DR. BADMAEV: Lipowheat is produced through a solvent-free, supercritical extraction process that eliminates nearly all of the gluten. FDA has proposed a "gluten free" definition as anything below 20 ppm. While the label does carry a gluten allergy statement, Lipowheat's gluten content is in the range of 20 ppm.
DR. BADMAEV: As we age and as our bodies undergo physical stress, we lose ceramides. Really, we use them rather than lose them, but that means they must be replenished. If our diets are low in ceramides and other sphingolipid compounds—which most of our diets are—our bodies will not have the ability to replenish them and we see the results of this in what we call the "visible signs of aging."
Aging increases our need for dietary ceramides, and really this is different for everyone. We know our own bodies, so all we have to do is look in the mirror. Does your skin look older? Is it dry or flaky? Is it sagging or showing less firmness? That's the time for ceramide supplementation. For one person this might be at 40 years old, for another it might be at 60. Whenever you begin to notice the signs of aging, that's the time to consider supplementing with ceramides.
Those working in environments that place high stress on the skin should also consider ceramide supplementation. If you work outdoors in the sunshine—perhaps as a landscaper or in the construction field—you might benefit from supplemental ceramides.
1. J Med Esth et Chir Derm. 2007 Dec; 34(136):239—42.
2. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2011 Apr; 33(2):138—43