I am a big advocate of feeding the skin from within and I take at least 6 vitamins daily. In addition to a mindful diet of mostly fruits and vegetables, there are several anti-aging supplements that have gotten my full attention because they have studies backing up the fact that they help reduce the effects of aging on your body – and mind.
For example, PLE (Polypodium Leucotomos Extract) has been proven to protect your delicate skin from discoloration, sagging and sun damage. The extract is derived from a Central American fern and is said to increase the dose of radiation from the sun that it takes to burn your skin.
Studies are now being performed about the possibility that PLE may prevent skin cancer. Vitamin C is another supplement which has been proven to prevent wrinkles and help your skin glow by decreasing stress in cells – helping them grow and produce naturally. The cells are more apt to regenerate and make your skin vibrant and healthy.
Coenzyme Q10 also protects against wrinkling of the skin and helps your internal health and well-being. It’s an antioxidant that reduces cellular damage that the environment and a poor diet can cause and helps promote new cell growth. Antioxidants like CoQ10 bind to free radicals in the body, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body. This action allows CoQ10 to help defy the visible effects of aging.
Another supplement that can help you remain young both inside and out is Vitamin E. Scientists have proven that it helps prevent sun damage and can make your skin appear more youthful. The skin regeneration it causes can also help your dead skin slough off.
Glucosamine has been proven to combat sagging and wrinkling skin – actually reducing wrinkles and lines by 34% in studies performed with the supplement. It’s been called a “building block for skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.” Regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or fish oil supplements reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) by 16% to 22%, a marker of inflammation, according to a new study. Inflammation reduction should be targeted because inflammation is known to influence the degradation of collagan, elastin and HA which are the 3 main skin constituents.
In the end, the grocery store may be the answer to maintaining great skin. Oily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin. Try adding Omega 3 Fish Oil to your supplement regimen. Choose one containing antioxidants such as astaxanthin and lycopene, naturally occurring sun protectors that not only protect the skin but also restore skin that has been damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Many supplements are designed to help you prevent aging from the inside out. If you’re not getting the proper diet and live with harmful environmental factors such as pollution and lots of sun, you may need certain supplements which have been proven to help with the situation.
For example, research shows that your body needs coenzyme Q10 to keep functioning properly. Because this supplement decreases with age, it’s vitally important to maintain the proper levels as you age by taking supplements.
It’s important that you take the proper dosage of any supplement. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure about how much or which ones to take. Discuss your lifestyle with him or her and together, you can come up with a common sense approach about which and how many supplements you should take.
Anti-aging supplements really can keep you feeling and looking young. Study them carefully and choose which ones are right for you.