Advanced Nutrition Programme secures patent for microbiome skin supplement

The patent for โ€˜Skin Clear Biomeโ€™ covers three claims linked to the appearance and condition of the skin based on emerging research into the gut-skin connection.ย The formula includes specific strains of bacteria andย yeast;ย Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Lactobacillus Helveticus, Saccharomyces Boulardiiย โ€‹(a yeast found inย previous researchโ€‹ย to be beneficial for skin health) and zinc to contribute to the maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin.ย 

The London based-brand, which hosts an in-house research center and markets a catalog of more than 15 products, has been on a mission to develop evidence-based oral skincare supplements since its launch in 2006, Lorraine Perretta, head of nutrition, told NutraIngredients.ย 

โ€œWeโ€™ve always aimed to be at the forefront of development and research,โ€ she said. โ€œSo when the microbiome was just starting toย be discussed, I knew we had to dig into the research for skin health.โ€ย 

Perretta explained that she started attending conferences and events on the microbiome when it began to gain attention in 2014. While other product developers in the industry were looking at biotics for sports nutrition, fertility and digestion, she decidedย that thereย was an opportunity for skin health.ย 

โ€œIt was very early on in the microbiome conversation, but I said to the team I think there’s something in it, so thatโ€™s when we started looking at the different strains of bacteria andย the different actions that they had,โ€ she said.ย 

ANPโ€™s first gut-skin axis product was Youth Skin Biome, launched in 2019 after five years of development.

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