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Top 10 Anti-aging pills and vitamins

Could the idea of keeping wrinkles at bay be found in a tablet rather than a face cream?

Top 10 Anti-aging pills and vitamins

Could the idea of keeping wrinkles at bay be found in a tablet rather than a face cream?

Glossy bottles of pills and vitamins carry the promise of significantly arresting the aging process, and in some cases, reversing any damage already caused to the skin.

This could be a logical extension of supporting our skin from the inside as well as from out, but which capsules really work and what vitamins should we keep an eye out for?

1- Vitamin E: Natural sources of Vitamin E are avocados, nuts, and vegetable oil. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from damage and deterioration of cells. An average adult needs 15mg (22.4IU) per day. Fewer amounts can lead to not only skin damage, but also weaker eyes and immune system function.

If you find yourself unable to consume the full required amount through food, then dietary supplements are also a viable option, just make sure to look for “d-alpha-tocopherol” on the label which indicates natural sources rather than synthetic.

2-Omega- 3: Some of the best sources of omega-3 are fish and fish oil supplements. Fish oil is especially effective as anti-aging supplements because they contain two important ingredients: eicosapentaenoic acids (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA).

These ingredients are the key to maintaining memory and brain function, reducing oxidative stress, caused by excessive free radicals in the blood, and inflammation. Research conducted by the Ohio State University, amongst many others, showed that Omega-3 supplements slow the biological effect of aging when taken regularly at the recommended dosage of 1.25mg-2.5mg.

3-Biotin: Also known as Vitamin H, is an important nutrient for healthy, glowing skin. It required for the formation of glucose and fatty acids, and for the metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates. Biotin is needed to maintain healthy hair, nails, skin, sweat glands, nerves, bone marrow, and normal bone growth.

It helps prevent dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) depression, muscle pain and insomnia. Egg yolks are one of the densest sources of biotin in our diet, as well as swiss chard, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and carrots. Biotin in supplements is best taken with a B complex at a dosage of 50-200mcg (micrograms).

4-Niacin (Vitamin B3): Everyone needs a certain amount of niacin - from food or supplements - for the body to function normally. The average recommended dosage for an adult is 16mg, but since niacin can upset your stomach, you might want to take it with food. Often used as a treatment for high cholesterol, Niacin also increases your skin's ability to retain moisture which in turn provides a strong, unbroken barrier against viruses and bacteria.

5-Vitamin A (Retinol): Vitamin A has antioxidants which not only protect your skin from free radical damage but also helps in its renewal and improves your eyesight and hair density. The retinoid keeps lines and wrinkles away by producing more collagen which is responsible for keeping the skin looking young. But make sure not to consume more than the recommended dosage of 900mcg per day or the effects can be harmful in the long term.

6-Imedeen: One of the longest-standing beauty supplements, Imedeen is continually conducting trials on its products, which are based on a skin-improving ‘marine complex’. With countless positive review over the years, Imedeen is shown to improve skin by increasing the amount of collagen and the protein elastin. It also contains Lycopene, which is the pigment that gives tomatoes and watermelons their bright red colour. Its molecular configuration makes it one of the best natural free radical scavengers and plays an important role in defending cell membranes against damage by free radicals.

7-Polypodium Leucotomos Extract (PLE): Polypodium leucotomos is a type of fern native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. It has an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and immune properties, but most importantly for this region, it prevents skin damage from UV radiation. It can be taken in dosages up to 250 mg three times per day and people with allergies to ferns should avoid PLE.

8- Bearberry: A natural skin brightener which contains something called arbutin. A one-month study on 80 Chinese women, using a one percent alpha arbutin concentration, resulted in a "skin lightening effect". It was faster and more effective than kojic acid, another commonly used skin lightener. Arbutrin is also responsible for blocking the development of age spots and hand liver spots.

9-Celergen: A supplement that uses cellular therapy for its effective regenerative technique. It fights aging both internally and externally by stimulating the body’s own healing power. The supplement encapsulates marine DNA cellular extracts which have restoring and anti-oxidant effects.

10-Vitamin C: One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As skin ages, it naturally loses this nutrient over time and factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke also stimulate the loss of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging.

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