Anti-Aging Supplements for Skin (“Internal Skincare”) Part II

Since the interest in improving skin appearance and preserving youth is increasing exponentially, and in line with the creation of new cosmetic treatments and topical formulations, it is as good a time as ever to highlight the internal means by which this can be achieved.Internal agents are woefully underwritten in skincare when in fact, unlike nearly all of topical agents, these agents are capable of acting on skin through the dermis after they are digested and taken into the bloodstream. Topical skin creams and such do not Continue reading

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Anti-Aging Supplements for Skin (“Internal Skincare”)

Since the interest in improving skin appearance and preserving youth is increasing exponentially, and in line with the creation of new cosmetic treatments and topical formulations, it is as good a time as ever to highlight the internal means by which this can achieved.Internal agents are woefully underwritten in skincare when in fact, unlike nearly all of topical agents, these agents are capable of acting on skin through the dermis after they are digested and taken into bloodstream. Topical skin creams and such do not permeate past the epidermis. If the face can be thought of as a house, internal skincare helps to improve skin appearance by repairing the foundation and improving the look of the exterior by re-structuring the interior.

The presented oral anti-skin aging supplements and compounds detailed below can be used alone or used as additives to topical skincare for possible synergistic benefits.

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Anti-Glycation Supplements Part III (Glycation: Part II of II)

Pyridoxal-5’-phosphate (Vitamin B6): What is known as ‘Vitamin B6’ has three vitamers (chemically individual related compounds): pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxal. Some sources incorrectly state pyridoxamine to be the strongest anti-glycation agent, but the most effective form of vitamin B6 is the Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part II (Glycation Part II of II)

Grape seed Extract: A derivative of whole grape seeds and a naturally high source of phenolic compounds (flavonoids and anthocyanins), red grape seed extract significantly prevents the formation of AGEs at varying concentrations. In the presence of RGSE (red grape seed extract), fructosamine is dramatically reduced, which, as a glycation product, correlates with the decrease Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part I (Glycation Part: II of II)

Background:

A transition to a raw or nearly raw diet and a permanent abstinence from all processed foods would be considered a radical diet change for most consumers. Moreover, a greater cost and an increase in food preparation time is likely to be incurred with this change in diet, so full compliance may be unrealistic. It must also be remembered that Continue reading

Beta Carotene, Cancer, and Smokers: A Warning

Do high beta carotene levels increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers? If so, what is the reason? Are antioxidants not the panacea for pre-cancerous free radical damage?

Beta carotene, the reddish-orange pigment found in fruits, has long been discovered to possess powerful antioxidant properties similar to vitamin C and vitamin E. Naturally, it was assumed dietary beta carotene as well as extra supplementation could be helpful in lowering the risk for cancer for nonsmokers and smokers alike. Only, trials did not garner the expected results … Continue reading

Selenium and Type 2 diabetes: does it increase the risk?

Have recent studies discovered a causal relationship between selenium and diabetes? Are such conclusions valid?

More than a few studies have found a link between serum selenium levels and incidence of diabetes. (1-4) Expectedly, these results cause concerns within the health community as well as in patients and in health-conscious individuals. It is clear to most that ‘too much of a good thing’ Continue reading