Anti Aging Supplements
Fight Wrinkles From Within
Choosing antioxidants to supplement your regular skin routine is an approach that has
been validated scientifically. A study by French scientists found that woman taking
vitamin C, vitamin E, and betacarotene had 23% fewer new wrinkles, and a reduction in
existing wrinkles of 8%. Antioxidants stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin by free
Foods with the highest levels of antioxidants, as measured by the ORAC (oxygen radical
absorbence capacity), listed from the highest: 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 needed for the normal growth
and renewal of skin cells. Our skin cells are constantly replacing each other, and new
ones are pushed up to the surface as the old ones slough off. Not only is 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, localized breakouts,
fragile skin, wrinkle prone skin, poor skin texture, and splitting 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 important beauty supplement. Not only does it help in 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 recycle these
other antioxidants. Alpha lipoic acid is also