Anti-aging supplements are becoming increasingly popular. Here’s a look at the most popular ones and how they can benefit the body. All of the supplements discussed today come in capsule or pill form.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Fish Oil
Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in the body. It is responsible for the skin’s elasticity. Over time, and as you age, this process slows down. Collagen comes in a variety of types that all produce different benefits – a person should choose the type that best fits their goals for taking collagen. Most benefits of taking collagen are to do with increasing skin health. A study showed that women who took collagen had reduced depth in their wrinkles and more moisturized skin.
Vitamin A is also known as retinol and is an important nutrient to our vision, growth, cell division, reproduction, and immunity. Vitamin A works inside the cells to keep them young. It does this by slowing down the breakdown of the collagen your body naturally produces, allowing for your skin and eyes to keep their youthful glow. A recommended daily dosage for an adult male is 900mcg, and the dosage is 700mcg for an adult female.
Vitamin C is the most common antioxidant found in the skin that helps fight free radicals (from smoking/radiation/food break down) from speeding up the aging process or becoming cancerous. Vitamin C is also key in tissue growth and protecting against sun damage. Vitamin C works to repair existing sun damage which can reduce lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin D is necessary for building healthy bones. Protecting your bones is an important part of aging that many people don’t think about until they’ve already started to deteriorate. The sagginess of the skin as you get older is partially due to bone loss. Vitamin D also promotes calcium absorption which is needed for bone growth and bone remodeling as we get older.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and prevents damage to the enzymes associated with the cell. Vitamin E protects from free radicals on the cellular level to slow down the aging process. Vitamin E has also been found to be anti-inflammatory for the skin as well as helping in wound healing.
Vitamin K helps keep the collagen in your skin intact and keeps your skin thick. If you bruise easily, vitamin K can help with that. It also can help reduce the visibility of veins and even dark circles.
CoQ10 (Coenzyme q10)
CoQ10’s main purpose is to neutralize free radicals. It also helps make energy for skin cells, which helps them function better and stay younger. As we age, CoQ10 levels in our bodies decrease, meaning we are less able to control free radicals and our body can’t produce collagen as easily. This can lead to wrinkles. Adding extra CoQ10 to your skin helps it look younger and more energized.
Fish Oil (Omega-3)
Unlike the other supplements we’ve discussed, omega-3 fatty acids are not produced naturally by the body. We obtain omega-3 from food or through supplements. Fish oil contains two main types of fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA greatly benefits your skin by reducing the body’s inflammatory compounds, and it helps regulate your body’s oil production which leads to more hydrated skin and acne prevention. Fish oil can also be used to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke as well as a way to treat high blood pressure. Fish oil can come in capsule and pill form.
Many of these anti-aging supplements occur naturally in the body but as discussed they have their benefits when a little extra is added to your daily/weekly diet.
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