Antioxidants For Aging Skin

It wasn’t too long ago that I posted a blog titled Antioxidant Rich . . . Toilet Paper? It mostly had to do with marketing the word antioxidant, and using it as a branding term. I was envisioning another useful term degraded to nonsense.

Here I’d like to look at the reasons that antioxidants are a good idea – provided they are in full force in the product and not just the label. A recent study supports, once again, the value of supplementing the diet with antioxidants. In this case to prevent skin damage and reduce fine lines. The formula used contained coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, grape seed extract, French maritime pine bark extract, green tea extract and D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, minerals (zinc and selenium) and glycosaminoglycans. All very common antioxidant players. The minerals and the glycosaminoglycans are not antioxidant but do benefit good skin structure.

Supplements and topically applied antioxidants, as I’ve posted several times, provide effective sunscreen. I’ve listed so many foods, supplements and topical extracts, including tea, which again has been shown to protect against UV-induced DNA damage and immune suppression this most recent August 2009 study.

There is much to support the supplementation of antioxidants in providing benefit to the skin, but also to protect the body from cellular damage that  may cause other imbalance, damage or disease to the body, ultimately affecting the skin.

So, this was just a brief post that continues to remind that  the use of quality antioxidant supplements, good whole food quality antioxidant skin care and, most important, a whole food Rainbow Diet is the best, and really only, way to achieve healthy, vibrant and youthful skin.

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