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May 26, 2011

3 Terrific Anti Ageing Vitamins

Anti Aging Vitamins and Fruits and Veggies
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Anti Ageing Vitamins To Hide Traces of Aging

Aging has a cruel way of showing up on your skin and announcing to the world that your youth is about to be over. It comes in the form of wrinkles, blemishes and sags. Luckily, with man’s ardent defiance against time, anti aging products are now available to hide, minimize or postpone these traces.

One type of these products are anti ageing vitamins. These organic compounds do not just help you maintain a younger appearance, they also boost your health in many ways. Knowing this, I am sure that you are eager to find out what these vitamins are and how they keep your age a secret.

Top 3 Anti Ageing Vitamins

Vitamin E or Tocopherol

This fat-soluble compound is a popular component of creams or lotions as it addresses dry, cracked skin by helping it retain moisture. It is also a favorite ingredient of sunscreen lotions since it also has the capacity to shield the skin from the harsh effects of UV B.

As an antioxidant, Vitamin E exerts its anti aging effects by helping the body fight the detrimental effects of free radicals. Adequate consumption of this vitamin boosts the body’s immune system and aids in the expression of genes.

It defies aging also by helping you steer clear of stroke and heart attack fending off unnecessary clotting of the blood and helping decreasing bad cholesterol, the culprit of atherosclerosis. Besides protecting the cardiovascular systems, this vitamin is studied for its potential protective properties against cancer through its antioxidant effects by combating the harmful effects of free radicals that are suspected to be behind the development of cancer.

Other studies also look into the usefulness of this vitamin in deterring deterioration of the cognitive function among old people through its antioxidant powers on the neurons.

Eat ample amounts of seeds, nuts, green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils, like canola, corn and soybean. You can also opt to take vitamin E in its various supplemental forms and topical applications.

Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid

Another vitamin with antioxidant properties is vitamin C. It protects the skin against the harmful effects of the rays of the sun and the detrimental effects of free radicals such as those you get from cigarette smoke, pollution, and radiation. The great thing about this antioxidant is that it can also regenerate other antioxidants in the body such as alpha tocopherol. You can protect your skin against the detrimental effects of the sun’s UV rays by applying vitamin C on the skin.

Another age-defying property of this vitamin is by boosting collagen production. Collagen is a connective tissue vital in making your skin firm and youthful and plays an important role in wound healing. By helping the body produce more collagen, vitamin C helps in maintaining firm and young-looking skin.

Vitamin C is also studied for its great potential in preventing cancer and even in the development of cataracts and macular degeneration that are associated with aging. This vitamin also minimizes the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Naturally source your vitamin C by eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, especially citrus and potatoes.

Vitamin B3 or Niacin

Vitamin B3 defies aging by boosting the ability of the skin to preserve moisture. Moist skin screens the body from bacteria, viruses and other antigens. Dry skin, besides looking “unsexy” and scaly, can also be itchy and may result to cracking. Vitamin B3 does not just moisturize your skin, it also exfoliates the skin from dead cells.

Internally, vitamin B3 defies aging by increasing the level of good cholesterol and decreasing triglycerides. As a result, vitamin B3 brings down your chances and rate of hardening of your artery walls, hence, preventing heart attack and stroke.

Meat, poultry and fish are good sources of niacin as well as bread, cereals and other grain products.

There are many other anti ageing vitamins out there; the key is to find those with effects that suit your needs.

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“Maca Madness”

“What to Look for in High Quality Vitamins and Supplements”


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Dr. Joe Jacko

Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio at Grandview Primary Care. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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