Dimethylaminoethenol, or DMAE, is an antioxidant that works within the body to produce many positive effects. From face firming results to boosted energy levels to improved behavior and mental functions, DMAE offers many possible benefits to the human body.
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- What Exactly is DMAE and How Does It Work?
- Possible Benefits of DMAE
- How Face Firming DMAE Can Improve Your Skin
DMAE is a chemical naturally produced in the body by the metabolic process of procaine, though it can also be artificially produced in a lab.
DMAE is unique from choline, the chemical it most resembles, because it can cross the blood-brain barrier. Its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier means that it can easily enter the brain. Once DMAE reaches the brain, it is acted upon by an enzyme that converts it into choline.
Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays a part in the regulation of skeletal muscle movement as well as maintaining smooth muscle and cardiac muscle. In the central nervous system, acetylcholine is thought to aid learning and memory, and to help regulate mood.
Because DMAE aids a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, it is thought to have many possible benefits for the human body.
For example, it can help:
- Prevent and help treat cardiovascular problems
- Boost immune system
- Treatment of depression
- Increase energy
- Help reduce the amount of sleep your body needs
Because DMAE helps to create acetylcholine, it can affect the brain in a myriad of ways, obviously. It is thought to help with ADHD, ADD, and mild depression because it acts within the neural pathway responsible for attention span and mood regulation. Though scientists are unsure as to how DMAE causes these positive effects, studies have shown that with long term use, DMAE can help alleviate behavioral and emotional issues.
DMAE’s many health benefits, such as prevention and treatment of cardiovascular problems, are due to its ability to block free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that either need to gain or lose an electron. They will steal an electron from a cell in the body in order to stabilize themselves. In the process of trying to stabilize, free radicals can cause damage to the body, including cardiovascular, immune, and skin problems.
Deactivation of free radicals occurs because DMAE stabilizes the membrane around the outside of cells by giving or receiving an electron, creating a sort of protective casing.
This ability to fend off free radicals comes in handy in a world overwrought with outside stressors like sun damage, industrial pollution, radiation, and cigarette smoke. All of these outside stressors are also known to cause damage to your skin.
Because DMAE fights free radicals, it can benefit your skin.
Face firming DMAE can give your skin a more youthful appearance. It helps to increase elasticity and firmness because it helps to regulate skeletal muscle movement. It also helps to enhance smooth muscle function, making facial contours more defined. By increasing the amount of DMAE in your body, you can help to fight and reverse the signs of aging.
DMAE can also help prevent and reduce age spots. Age spots are caused by lipofucsin, a brown pigment in the skin that forms because of age, but also because of free radical damage. DMAE can block the formation of lipofucsin and therefore reduce the occurrence and appearance of age spots.
So how can you work DMAE into your skin care regimen? DMAE can be applied topically and internally.
Internally, DMAE supplements like Doctor Perricone DMAE can directly place DMAE in your body to work from the inside out.
Externally, moisturizers, creams, and face washes can help to boost the face firming DMAE in your skin. Topical treatments that contain both DMAE and alpha lipoic acid are especially potent because they combine the best of antioxidant technology into one cream. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator contains both alpha lipoic acid and DMAE to help reduce discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.
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