Monday, June 28, 2010

Canthaxanthin in Tanning Pills are NOT SAFE!

How Tanning Pills with CANTHAXANTHIN work!Canthaxanthin can easily dissolves in lipids, lipids make up the fatty layer directly under the skin's epidermis. The canthaxanthin molecules attach to this layer of fat cells directly under the skin, giving the epidermis a brownish orange color.

Seems to be EFFECTIVE right? But what is CANTHAXANTHIN!
Canthaxanthin is a cartenoid, which is a class of yellow to red pigments. Canthaxanthin colors brine shrimp and other crustaceans, as well as many fish, plants and mushrooms. Canthaxanthin is also known as Food Orange 8, carophyll red or roxanthin red 10, as a color additive in certain foods, including barbecue and tomato sauces, soups, salad dressings, fruit drinks, candies and cheeses. In fact, most red, orange or yellow processed foods list canthaxanthin as an ingredient.

So if it's used in Food Processing then IT MUST BE SAFE?

NO! For a tanning pills to work or for it to effectively tint the skin, you'll need to consume large doses of Canthaxathin, whichdiscovered to have serious side effects.

FDA Food And Drug Administration Prohibits the consumption of large doses of Canthaxanthin.
"Tanning Pills' Are Not FDA-Approved. Although canthaxanthin is approved by FDA for use as a color additive in foods, where it is used in small amounts, its use in so-called tanning pills is not approved. Imported tanning pills containing canthaxanthin are subject to automatic detention as products containing unsafe color additives."

Side Effects
Some adverse effects reported with tanning tablets include discoloration of the stool, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet; GI discomfort; canthaxanthin-induced retinopathy; and at least 1 case of aplastic anemia.

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