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Polypodium Leucotomos Extract

Polypodium Leucotomos is a fern plant that is native to Central and South America. The extracts from this plant are rich in antioxidant compounds such as Caffeic acid and Ferulic acid that have both anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties on the skin. Indigenous people of Central and South America have used Polypodium Leucotomos extract for centuries for the treatment of skin ailments. It is a herb that not only promises to treat several skin disorders but also offers sun protection against harmful UV Rays.


Polypodium Leucotomos extract is ingested orally and is highly effective in inhibiting UVA-induced damage and sunburn. Taking this supplement in the morning and some time before extensive sun exposure can prevent your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Though oral ingestion of the extract is highly recommended, it can even be applied topically to protect against UV Rays. PLE is known to benefit persons suffering eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, and even skin cancer.


Polypodium Leucotomos Extract Benefits

The oral Polypodium extract is a photo protectant with phenolic compounds of 4-hydroxycinnamic acid (p-coumaric), 3 methoxy-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (ferulic), 3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid (caffeic), 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzoic acid (vanillic) and 3-caffeoilquinic acid (chlorogenic). Long exposure to UV radiation causes inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage resulting in premature aging of the skin.

Polypodium Leucotomos extract offers substantial skin photo protective benefits. Oral ingestion of the Polypodium Leucotomos extract suppresses erythema. The photo-carcinogenic effects of UV radiation are arrested thereby preventing free radicals. The antioxidants in PLE play a role in arresting cell damage and oxidative stress.


Use of Polypodium extract helps those suffering from psoriasis as Caffeic acid suppresses the inflammatory activity. It arrests the production of cytokines that are inflammatory in nature. Oral ingestion of PLE along with UV photo therapy helps vitiligo patients by causing re-pigmentation.


Pregnant and lactating mothers and heart patients are not advised to take PLE supplements.

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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: October 25, 2020