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MEG 21®

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Background

  • Overview: MEG 21® products are marketed as skin renewal treatments that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and moisturize the skin.
  • According to the manufacturer, Dynamis Therapeutics, Inc., all MEG 21® products contain Supplamine™, which is a combination of an amino sugar (N-Methyl-D-Glucamine, also called megulamine) and an amino acid arginine (a naturally occurring amino acid and a building block of skin proteins).
  • It has been suggested that MEG 21® may stabilize the production of collagen, a protein that connects and supports tissues in the body. It has also been proposed that MEG21® may reduce oxidative stress, which in turn, may reduce colored spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. According to the manufacturer, such positive results may be seen within one month. It is not known how long these purported results may last.
  • However, the only available evidence to support these claims comes from studies done by the scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Because Dynamis Therapeutics is based from this center, the results are subject to bias. Third-party scientific data supporting these claims are lacking.
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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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