Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is derived from meat, seafood, eggs, fish, beans, nuts and seeds. It is one of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids, which are considered the building blocks of proteins (Wikipedia). Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that can be manufactured in the body, or obtained through dietary sources such as those listed above.
Alanine in Skin Care
Alanine is used in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products as a skin conditioning agent, anti-static agent and masking ingredient (EverydaySkinCare). and as an amino acid, may combine with the epidermal cells to fill up creases, and thus provide the surface of your skin with a smoother appearance.
As an amino acid, alanine may combine with the epidermal cells to fill up creases, and thus provide the surface of your skin with a smoother appearance (TruthInAging) and provides skin with the building blocks it needs to keep skin looking young and firm — i.e., to make collagen.
Alanine May Help with Wound Healing
In one study, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 2002, alanine was found to assist with wound healing as a part of a gel therapy. The gel was used to surround fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen, on incisions of rat skin. Compared with a control, the alanine-containing gel therapy not only accelerated the wound closure but also improved epithelialization and the formation of skin appendages such as keratinocyte layer (epidermis), hair follicles, and sebaceous glands. The results demonstrate the potential of an alanine-based cell therapy and for tissue-healing gels.
Alanine May Help with Age Spots and Other Signs of Hyperpigmentation
Another way alanine may benefit the skin is by preventing hyperpigmentation in the skin. According to a study in Science magazine, a solution containing dihydroxyphenyl-L-alanine blocked granules from being deposited in the melanin-producing melanoblasts in the basal layers of the skin. This means that melanin could not be generated or delivered through the uppermost layers of the skin, where they would be evident to the naked eye.
Based on these studies, we recommend using a regimen of alanine skin care regularly. Topically applying alanine skin care should provide your skin with more hydration, faster repair, and improved age spots. Your skin is getting the supplies it needs to make you more collagen, elastin, and other skin-supporting proteins naturally, and to slow the production of melanin.
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