Answer- I love Dr Oz as much as the rest of America, but in this case I am not that enthusiastic about these supplements. To start off, there is only a single small study ( as in ONE) that looks at their value as supplements and that was done by the company that is selling ceramide supplements.
Then there are the supplements themselves. They are made from plant derived ceramides and there is certainly a great deal of difference between plant cells and human skin cells. It is also hard to figure out just how much ceramide is in each capsule– or even what the correct dose would be. Some brands are primarily vitamin E and/or a propriatory compound called Lipowheat. Others offer a mix of phospholipids, glycosylceramides and glycolipids. The lack of solid evidence showing ceramides are safe and effective as well as real questions about how much ceramide is in a capsule discourage me from recommending them. Ceramides in moisturizers and cleansers are proven wrinkle busters and that’s where I’m going to put my beauty dollars.
I use ceramide moisturizers on my face when my skin gets dry in winter and ceramide enhanced hand and body lotions all year round. My favorite combo is a ceramide product with a nice strong 50 SPF. Now that is a product that is as good for my health as it is to my wallet.
One Final Thought about Ceramide Supplements
Over half a dozen major studies including the Caret study and the Nurses Health Study hae shown that vitamin E supplements raise the risk of serious health problems including health attacks, strokes, lung cancer and even death. Since many of the ceramides are mostly vitamin E, there is even more reason to be concerned about these supplements.