Years ago, you may remember a popular news story in which maggot saliva was suggested to increase skin firmness and healing powers (The Guardian, 2013).
While it may sound gross, there is science to it! Maggots have been used for over 2,000 years in varied societies for their healing powers. In Europe, maggot therapy had been used in the 1930’s, and was reintroduced in wound therapy in 1995 (TANG, 2005).
Until recently, maggots’ healing powers had been a mystery. However, recent studies have shown that the isolated compounds in maggot saliva that are responsible for the healing and regenerating powers are amino acids, including the amino acid 3-guanidinopropionic acid (GPA, L-histidine, and L-valine (British Journal of Dermatology, 2010; Angiogenesis, 2013).
GPA is a secret weapon right out of nature’s play book for anti-aging! GPA is believed to be responsible for many of the beneficial properties of maggot saliva, which include “angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels, anti-tumor activity, cell proliferation, skin cell rejuvenation, anti-viral, and anti-microbial” properties (British Journal of Dermatology, 2010).
In summary, GPA has been shown to:
- Support cell turnover;
- Increases cell renewal up to 25%;
- Promotes circulation;
- Have a calming effect on the skin, reducing wrinkles caused by skin tension;
- Support protein synthesis (British Journal of Dermatology, 2010).
The Results of GPA in Skin Care
Upon hearing the impact of GPA on skin, we immediately incorporated it into a product. However, instead of using GPA from maggots, we derived the GPA from plants.
Upon formulating GPA into an anti-aging skin care product, AminoGenesis’ early consumer use studies demonstrated a 95% reduction in fine lines. The skin was also smoother and more even toned within 6 weeks.
The blend contained GPA and the patented AminoGenesis Amino Acid formula, including L-histidine and L-valine, developed by myself (Ron Cummings) and the famed Dr. T. Joseph Lin, Ph.D.
Where to Find GPA
GPA can be found in AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum ($69.99, AminoGenesis.com). This revolutionary serum is designed to treat 8 different signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots and discoloration, enlarged pores, dryness, loss of firmness, uneven skin tone, loss of smoothness/texture, and loss of radiance and luster.
After years of research, the following was evident in users after just six weeks’ of daily use:
- 98% of users said their skin felt firmer;
- 95% of users said there was a substantial decrease in fine lines;
- 95% of users said there was an improvement in skin discolorations;
- 70% of users noticed a difference with wrinkles.
AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum ($69.99, AminoGenesis.com) contains GPA, as well as Preventhelia, a soothing peptide with protective abilities; PA Revivescence, a compound designed to reinvigorate the skin; and Silver Ear Mushroom Extract, which holds 500% more moisture than hyaluronic acid and slows the appearance of aging.
GPA is just one of the ingredients that makes AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum so exciting!
GPA has been shown to support cell turnover, promote circulation, and to reduce stress within the skin. The calming effects of GPA can reduce skin tension and help release the appearance of wrinkles caused by frowning and facial tension.
GPA can be found as just one of the amazing anti-aging ingredients in AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum!