Is This Extract the Next Biggest Beauty Ingredient?

The skincare industry is vicious. Companies are constantly looking for the next greatest ingredient that can give them an edge on their competition. The Beauty Supplement industry is even more vicious. We’ve seen this with Tati Westbrook and her supplements and Sugarbear drama.

Supplements are a highly lucrative arena for money. They don’t require FDA clearance and live in a regulatory limbo. Supplements can make any claim they want to as long as the bottle say ‘These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.

This is why I get excited to see a double blind clinical trial on a supplement.

Meet Blue Fenugreek Kale Extract

A new study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found blue fenugreek kale extract could reduce oxidation, an indicator for stress, and increase skin hydration while restoring the skin barrier.

Blue fenugreek kale extract is a combination of blue fenugreek (Trigonella caerulea) and Kale (Brassica oleracea var acephala) which are common food supplies. Blue fenugreek is used to flavor cheese in Switzerland and in Georgian cuisine. Kale is in every food store from Walmart to the most expensive health food stores.

Products with Blue Fenugreek

Blue Fenugreek is not in anything I found in skincare. The trial wasn’t even conducted that way though. For this you should look for oral supplements of blue fenugreek + kale. The exact product being tested was FenuKale which is made by Swiss Supplement Company. That company makes a lot of skin and health supplements. None of which I’ve tried but if they’re providing funds to test a double blind clinical trial with 4 levels of ‘blindness’, they’re willing to back their product and its high quality.

Let me know if you’ve used FenuKale in the comments or what your favorite supplement is right now. Personally, I’m still on a collagen kick.

The clinical trial’s registration:

Kappler, K., Grothe, T., Srivastava, S., & Jagtap, M. (2022). Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of blue fenugreek kale extract on skin health and aging: In-vitro and clinical evidences. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 15, 2051-2064.

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