Updated: Oct 27
There are phenolic compounds in polypodium leucotomos that can work by inhibiting the production of nitric oxide induced by UV exposure that creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as ones that actually absorb UV energy. This antioxidant activity allows this extract to work as an anti-inflammatory agent in conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Read more...
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What is Polypodium leucotomos?
Polypodium leucotomos is an extract from a fern in Central and South America. The extract from the leaves of these ferns contains phenolic compounds that include benzoates and cinnamates as well as other molecules with biological activity such as quinic, shikimic, glucuronic, and malic acids. Phenolic compounds are associated with antioxidant activity.
How does polypodium leucotomos work?
There are phenolic compounds that can work by inhibiting the production of nitric oxide-induced by UV exposure that creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as ones that actually absorb UV energy. This antioxidant activity allows this extract to work as an anti-inflammatory agent in conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Polypodium leucotomos, if present in a high enough concentration, can inhibit the production of ROS which will then reduce the impact of ROS on our cells. Polypodium also scavenges ROS that are already in the skin. This will result in a decrease in the number of damaged skin cells.
Polypodium also works by improving DNA repair systems in the cells to reduce the impact of UV-induced damage on our cells as well as an anti-inflammatory effect by supporting our skin’s immune cells.
In the dermis, polypodium supports cells responsible for collagen production called fibroblasts as well as elastic fiber production.
Is polypodium leucotomos found in any foods?
I was not able to find this in any food items.