The Benefits of Methylene Blue
As with many medications, they start out being used to help a certain issues but morph into treating other conditions. One example of this is Rogaine, also generically known as minoxidil. It was originally used as a high blood pressure medication but was found to regrow hair, which is what is most well known for.
The same is true with methylene blue. It has been used to treat a condition where blood doesn’t carry oxygen properly (methemoglobinemia), which is generally caused by exposure to a chemical or drug. It also has been utilized as a mild antiseptic for treating mild urinary tract infections.
Another benefit is its use as a dye or staining agent to make certain body fluids and tissues easier to view during surgery or for other diagnostic exams. So why is methylene blue being considered a possible fountain of youth?
If you understand how antioxidants work, you’ll know that aging skin has a lot to do with the loss of collagen and elastin. Because of methylene blue’s ability to promote oxygen in people’s blood, it also works to battle cellular damage in aging.
Check out this article and the claims that methylene blue helps promote water retention in aging skin cells, reversing some effects of growing old:
Methylene blue, a common antioxidant, could reverse some of the effects of aging in the human skin
University of Maryland researchers applied the chemical to skin cells collected from three groups of people: healthy middle-aged donors, individuals over 80 years of age, and individuals who are technically young considering age but otherwise old because they suffer from progeria – the condition that makes people’s bodies age faster than they should normally. Finally, methylene blue in varying amounts was also applied to a lab-grown artificial skin made in layers that mimic natural skin and its epidermis.
The results were striking. The antioxidant effect was powerful in all types of skin and the artificial skin model revealed the chemical helped it retain more water and become thicker, both telltale signs of young skin. That’s not all. This isn’t some patch work. Rather there are indications that methylene blue might actually have a rejuvenating effect.
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There isn’t tons of solid evidence at this point that shows the potential for methylene blue as an accepted treatment to reverse aging, but the idea of using it to help old wrinkled skin look smooth and elastic again is intriguing.
This video is short, but it highlights the fact that tests have shown positive results. In fact, it worked better than other antioxidants in the analysis and it was safe with other cosmetic creams.
Check it out:
There are a number of potential side effects as a result of taking methylene blue. One is that it can turn your urine and stool a blueish color, which is not harmful but a little disarming.
Dangerous drug interactions can occur with serious side effects, so always discuss it with your doctor ahead of time. It can be a problem if you are being treated for:
- Kidney Problems
- Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
This article gives some of the potential side effects that can happen:
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using methylene blue.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as severe vomiting or stomach pain, pain in your chest or behind your breast bone, pale or blue skin, high fever, fast or pounding heartbeats, trouble breathing, confusion, or feeling like you might pass out.
Even though methylene blue is inexpensive and has shown feasible benefits with aging, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done before it is used as a prevalent treatment.