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Anti-Aging and Vitamins

Oct 31, 2007
Anti-aging skin care products are very popular today; and why not, who doesn't want to look young as long as possible? Several vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and several B vitamins are common in anti-aging skin care products. We'll discuss those in the
paragraphs that follow.

Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, a key structural protein of the skin. Adding vitamin C to a culture of skin cells dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen. Secondly, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from natural destruction that occurs with aging. When vitamin C is properly delivered into skin cells, there is a good chance to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. The normal Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is 250-1,000 mg. Vitamin C should be taken 2-3 times a day to get the best results because it is water-soluble and is quickly excreted by our kidneys. If you eat fruits or vegetables every day; especially citrus fruits, broccoli, leafy greens, red and green peppers, your vitamin C intake should be where you need it to be.

Many researchers and anti-aging physicians would agree that Vitamin E is probably the most important vitamin to help slow down the aging process. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is found in human blood and helps the body build resistance against infection. Vitamin E appears highly effective in preventing heart disease and protecting cells from natural destruction that occurs with aging. Vitamin E also is helpful in preventing blood clots and inhibiting cancer. The RDA of Vitamin E is 25 International Units (I.U.), but the optimum dose is 400 I.U. in order to help prevent artery disease. Great sources of Vitamin E are vegetable oil, margarine, meats,nuts, and leafy greens.

B vitamins help to maintain healthy skin tone. They are also helpful in relieving anxiety and stress. Stress can be bad for skin because it is known to be a cause of acne. The B vitamins should always be taken together. The vitamins in the B complex are Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin (Nicotinic Acid, Niacinamide), Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine and Cyanocobalamin. Each one of these vitamins has a specific role in promoting healthy skin, as well as overall health. Chicken,fish, pork, liver, eggs, spinach, potatoes, bananas,whole wheat bread, peanut butter are just few of the foodsthat contain ample amounts of B vitamins.

The field of anti-aging skin care products is vast and needs a lot of research. Though the currently available products are effective, they still have challenges to combat. However, anti-aging skin care products should be used only as a supplement to the natural ways of skin and body care. Be sure to drink a lot of water, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, maintain healthy eating habits and keep stress at a low level to ensure you are doing what you can to help delay the aging process. No anti-aging skin care product can replace these healthy natural habits.
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