Heliocare Review

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

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We often review supplements that contain antioxidants like acai berry and green tea extract. Antioxidants work to stop free radical damage and, in some cases, repair damage done by free radicals. Heliocare is an oral supplement that contains no acai berry, green tea or other antioxidant we have come in contact with over the years. This supplement uses extracts from a fern plant that was once an aquatic plant. According to the Heliocare product description, when the plant moved from water to land it developed a defense system against UV damage – the same defense system extracts from the plant lend to humans. The ingredient list for the supplement is available on the Heliocare website, but it is rather confusing.

List of Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 3, 4-Dihyroxybenzoic Acid
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • 4-Hydroxybenzoic Acid
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • Caffeic Acid
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • 4-Hydroxycinnamic Acid
  • 4-Hydroxycinnamoyl-Quinic Acid
  • Ferulic Acid

Product Features

The first thing we noticed about the ingredient list for Heliocare was that certain ingredients were repeated several times. We are unsure if this is a typographical error or if the extract is added multiple times and the company wanted to be entirely transparent. Chlorogenic acid may be responsible for slowed glucose release after eating, reduced cholesterol and even laxative effects, but Heliocare adds the ingredient for its antioxidant properties.

3, 4-Dihyroxybenzoic Acid is found in acai berry, green tea and other antioxidant fruits and plants. No direct connection has been made between this ingredient and weight loss, but if it is associated with green tea there could be additional health benefits beyond the antioxidant support claimed by Heliocare. 4-Hydroxybenzoic Acid is also found in acai and green tea.

4-Hydroxycinnamic Acid is typically found in plants humans eat like peanuts, carrots, tomatoes and garlic. It is commonly used as an antioxidant. Very little information is available on 4-Hydroxycinnamoyl-Quinic Acid.

Ferulic acid is another antioxidant, but it is the possibility that this compound causes skin whitening that struck us as more interesting. We understand that Heliocare is supposed to fight the damaging effects of the sun, but we are not sure consumers want to partake in skin whitening in the process.

Caffeic acid is an antioxidant, but it may also be a carcinogenic. The acid is listed in multiple carcinogen (cancer-causing) databases as a group 2B carcinogen, which means it may cause cancer in humans.

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Advantages

  • All ingredients in Heliocare are listed online – some more than once.
  • May provide strong antioxidant effects.

Disadvantages

  • One of the ingredients is listed as a possible carcinogen.
  • One ingredient is associated with skin whitening.

Conclusion

Heliocare may protect against damage caused by the sun, but it may also whiten your skin and cause cancer. We would rather stick with sunscreen and green tea.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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