Forget expensive moisturizers and cosmetic surgery: a compound found in the humble elderberry could give a natural boost to skin, say UK researchers at the University of East Anglia (UAE) and the Institute of Food Research. They will explore whether the skin’s condition is improved by a compound called anthocyanin, which gives berries their vibrant colour.
"We already know that a healthy diet can help protect against heart disease and skin damage, and that a mixture of similar food components have been shown to improve the skin’s structure. There is also evidence that the active components have anti-inflammatory properties, which may be important in helping people stay healthy," said UEA’s Dr Peter Curtis who is leading the project.
"If the results of our study are positive, it may lead to innovations in skin health products and may also give us vital information about diets which promote healthier hearts."