Botox use to be revolutionised by zinc supplement?

Botox treatmentA clinical research team in America has discovered a new supplement that might help to increase the efficacy and longevity of Botox.

The team of researchers, from Baylor College of Medicine within The Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell University, held a small trial to test the effects of the supplement Zytase when combined with Botox. Botox, as a neurotoxin, works by interrupting the nerve signals, which in turns ‘freezes’ muscles.

The supplement is a combination of the mineral zinc and the enzyme phytase. Zinc is believed to help activate the neurotoxin activity in Botox and therefore increase its efficacy.

Phytase slows down the time it takes for the body to break down zinc, therefore the combination ought to bolster Botox’s performance, as well as increase the amount of time that it stays active in the body.

The results of the clinical trials were deemed to be positive in favour of the supplement, although the downside to the supplement seemed to be that, if anything, it worked too well.

Patients who suffer from blepharospasm, a condition which affects the muscles in the eye, were given the supplements and some found that it froze the eyelid too much, where they were unable to fully close the eye.

At this stage further trials need to be carried out before the effectiveness of the supplement can be ascertained, as well as still needing to determine the correct dosage for optimal performance.

It’s also worth noting that the authors of the research have a patent pending for the supplement, in which case the positive findings perhaps need to be treated with a degree of caution at this stage.

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