Anti-Aging Supplements - Fight Wrinkles From Within
When you add good beauty supplements to your diet, this alone will help improve skin tone, elasticity, and prevent wrinkles. Supplements do this in a way that is much more effective than any anti-aging creams, although those do improve the appearance of skin. Learn about the best ones, with recommended dosages.
Adding antioxidants to supplement your regular skin routine has been studied and validated scientifically by French scientists. These French scientists found that women taking vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene had 23% fewer new wrinkles and a reduction in existing wrinkles of 8%. Antioxidants work to stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin by free radicals.
Foods with the highest levels of antioxidants are: prunes, raisins, blueberries, kale, cranberries, spinach, raspberries, Brussel sprouts, plums and broccoli.
Vitamin A is another important nutrient for the skin. A deficiency in vitamin A will reduce the effectiveness of skin treatments. Vitamin A is very important for the normal growth and renewal of skin cells. Our skin cells are constantly replacing itself other, and new ones are pushed up to the surface as the old ones slough. Vitamin A an antioxidant, but it also nourishes the fat layer underneath the skin. Vitamin A keeps skin supple, and may prevent skin damage.
Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include dry and rough skin, restricted breakouts, fragile skin, wrinkle prone skin, poor skin texture, and brittle nails.
One thing to remember with taking vitamin A supplements is not to exceed the recommended daily dose, as it can build up in your body if taken in excess. Taking 10000 IU per day is fine.
Vitamin C is another very important beauty supplement that is not to be overlooked. Not only does it help your skin repair by building collagen, but lower levels of vitamin C in the skin are associated with aging and UV damage. Taking 500mg to 2000mg per day, in divided doses, is recommended.
An excellent antioxidant supplement to take is alpha lipoic acid (ALA), especially if you're taking the other antioxidant vitamins C and E, and coenzyme Q10. Alpha lipoic acid is not only an antioxidant in its own right, but it has the capacity to reprocess these other antioxidants. Alpha lipoic acid is also an anti-inflammatory agent, and improves insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is associated with obesity and heart disease. ALA increases the rate at which glucose are removed from the bloodstream, and help the body detoxify metals that have accumulated. Alpha lipoic acid also prevents the cross linking of fibers, which leads to aging and the development of wrinkles.
Alpha lipoic acid is produced by our body, but only in small amounts. It is used by the cells in their production of cellular energy, and we only benefit from its antioxidant effects if the amount of ALA in our bodies is greater than that which our cells need for normal functioning. And, sadly to say, the levels of ALA in our body decline as we age.
One advantage of alpha lipoic acid is that it is both fat and water soluble. This means it can work in all parts of our body, making it very useful. Most antioxidants are either fat or water soluble, but not both. For example, vitamin A is fat soluble, and vitamin C is water soluble.
Taking about 50 to 100mg of alpha lipoic acid supplements a day has been suggested, though this supplement has not been tested on pregnant or breast feeding women.
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References: Nature and Health, April/May 2006