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Why Are Antioxidants So Important For Anti-Ageing?

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Why Are Antioxidants So Important For Anti-Ageing?

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Q. Why Are Antioxidants So Important For Anti-Ageing?
A. Antioxidants are important for anti-ageing because they snuff out oxidants, often free radicals, that damage cells and DNA[1]. Oxidants slow down the ageing process of your skin.

For a certain cream to have any real benefit, it should provide at least 20 mg of Vitamin E per gram. One of my favorites are Vitamin E capsules of highly absorbent antioxidants. After piercing it, you rub the contents into the skin.

The actual ageing process of the body is to do with how perfectly your cells are replaced, since we are permanently renewing ourselves. The skin, for example, is completely new every 20 days.

Antioxidants protect your DNA, the blueprints for new cells. That’s why it is also important to eat foods rich in antioxidants. Try to supplement an antioxidant complex every day that contains Vitamin A and E, plus glutathione, which is your body’s most powerful antioxidant.

B vitamins, especially B6, B12, and Folic Acid, also prevent DNA damage[2].

A good whole food diet plus a  high strength multivitamin is the best way to keep your Bs up. Strict vegetarians, watch out! There are no B12 in vegetables[3]. You need meat, fish, eggs, dairy produce or supplements to get enough B12. Your supplement should provide at least 10 mcg.

References

[1] Valko M, Izakovic M, Mazur M, Rhodes CJ, & Telser J (2004). Role of oxygen radicals in DNA damage and cancer incidence. Molecular and cellular biochemistry, 266 (1-2), 37-56 PMID: 15646026. ^Back to Top^

[2] Joshi R, Adhikari S, Patro BS, Chattopadhyay S, & Mukherjee T (2001). Free radical scavenging behavior of folic acid: evidence for possible antioxidant activity. Free radical biology & medicine, 30 (12), 1390-9 PMID: 11390184. ^Back to Top^

[3] WOKES F, BADENOCH J, & SINCLAIR HM (1955). Human dietary deficiency of vitamin B12. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 3 (5), 375-82 PMID: 13258511. ^Back to Top^

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