Beauty Skin Care and Anti Aging Vitamins

In recent years, numerous over-the-counter nutritional supplements, topical creams, and powdered herbs have popped up on store shelves labeled as either being or containing “Anti aging vitamins.” These products claim to restore youthful appearance, ward off various diseases, and slow the aging process altogether. The trouble is, some have been shown to be effective, others are just a waste of money, and some can even cause adverse side effects or potential health problems in the future. So how can you tell the good ones from the bad? Continue reading to discover which Anti aging vitamins are beneficial, and which ones should be avoided. And be sure to consult your doctor before starting an Anti aging vitamin regimen of any kind.

Effective Antioxidants

Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Vitamins B6 and B12 and Vitamin A are commonly found in many foods and multivitamins, and their main function is to neutralize the free radicals that are produced in the process of food digestion. Many antioxidants are now being synthetically manufactured, produced, and sold as “Anti aging vitamins,” due to recent scientific studies that suggest that neutralizing free radicals slows down the aging process.

Doctors agree that the best antioxidants to consume are those naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. But certain nutritional supplements and multivitamins that contain these antioxidants are a good second choice. For those who are specifically looking for effective Anti aging Vitamins, the best products to choose are ones that contain the antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamins B6 and B12, and most importantly, Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to be the most effective “Anti aging vitamin” to date, being that it prevents many common diseases and reverses wrinkling skin that occurs from sun exposure. Taking 400mg of vitamin E a day has been shown effective enough to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity and texture.

Harmful Antioxidants

There are, on the other hand, certain antioxidants that have been shown to have adverse affects when consumed on a regular basis. Anti aging vitamins to stay away from include those that contain high amounts of Beta carotene, especially for smokers. Studies show that high doses of Beta carotene can actually increase the chances of lung cancer, especially among smokers.

Those looking for effective Anti aging vitamins should also be wary of the antioxidant Selenium. Although studies show that this mineral does slow down the aging and hardening of certain body tissue, too much Selenium can cause a condition known as selenosis. Symptoms of selenosis include fatigue, hair loss, white nails, “garlic breath,” and even mild nerve damage. Make sure that Anti aging vitamins contain no more than 400mgs of Selenium, as more than this can lead to selenosis.

Powdered Herb Vitamins

Many Anti aging vitamins also contain various herbs that claim to reverse the effects of aging. While doctors haven’t been able to find any reasons why people shouldn’t take herbal-based supplements, scientists have yet to prove that any one of them actually works. Being that the verdict is still out on whether or not herbs can reduce the effects of aging, this decision boils down to the opinion of the consumer. There is nothing wrong with taking herbal supplements, but antioxidants have been proven to be more effective than their herbal counterparts. Most people who believe certain herbs can slow down the aging process, however, agree that Rhodiola rosea, Schizandra, Green tea, Spirulina (a type of sea algae) and garlic can all contribute to the restoration of vibrant, wrinkle-free, youthful looking skin. Proponents also believe that these herbs help to fight off many types of cancer as well.

Supplementary Oils

Many Anti aging vitamins are sold as oil-based supplements, and often contain Fish oil, Primrose oil, and Flaxseed oil. These Anti aging vitamins are likely to be more effective than powdered herbs, being that these oils contain Omega 3 fatty acids that help the body to produce higher amounts of naturally accruing hormones (such as DHA and GLA) that are known to have many Anti aging benefits. Such benefits include proper functioning of the immune system (resulting in more youthful, energetic daily health conditions) and the prevention of heart disease. If you’re looking for outward appearances of reversed or slowed aging processes, however, consider antioxidants first.

Synthetic Hormones

Recently, a synthetically made version of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has become available to consumers in the form of an Anti aging vitamin spray. According to doctors and scientists, HGH is the most abundantly made hormone that naturally occurs in the body. Research has found, however, that HGH levels begin to steadily drop around the age of 30, at the same time that the unflattering appearance of aging begins to take place. Research supports theories that it is the decrease of HGH production that is responsible for aging. The synthetically made oral spray, however, is of little or no use as an Anti aging vitamin because the doses of the hormone are far too low to be effective. Furthermore, sprays have been found to contain many harmful additives (such as high amounts of the potentially harmful antioxidants listed above). HGH injections, on the other hand, have been shown to work, but are expensive and require a frequent amount of injections.

Topical and Facial Creams

"Anti aging" topical and facial creams can be considered the most ineffective Anti aging vitamins of all. Even those that contain effective antioxidants are just a waste of money. The reason is simple: these creams contain far too little doses of antioxidants to make a difference, and even if they did, only a limited amount of these vitamins can be absorbed and processed through the skin. Save your money for the antioxidants in pill form instead!

Hope this article provides you information for skin care through anti aging vitamins.

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