10th March, 2011 - Posted by Victoria Girard - No Comments
Get Healthier and More Radiant Skin With Supplements!
When combined with a healthy diet, certain supplements can help your skin look healthier and more vibrant.
Your skin is a good indicator as to what is going on inside of your body. When you feed your skin from the inside with healthy foods and beneficial supplements your skin can’t help but respond by looking more radiant and youthful.
The following supplements will not only nourish your body but will benefit your skin as well.
Vitamins C and E
Researchers have discovered that people who take vitamins C and E over time have a reduction of factors liked to DNA damage with skin cells which indicates that these two vitamins play a crucial role in protecting your cells against DNA damage.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology you can add vitamin C supplements ranging from 500-1000 milligrams per day. They warn, however, that too much vitamin E can be harmful so you should stay within 400 i.u.s per day.
Vitamin A is crucial for the repair and maintenance of skin tissue. If you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are packed with vitamin A then you probably won’t benefit from adding a supplement as it won’t make much of a difference in your skin. However, if your skin becomes dry or flaky that may be an indication that you are not getting enough vitamin A and many want to consider a supplement.
Vitamin B in the form of biotin forms the basis of healthy skin, hair, and nails. If you are not getting enough biotin in your diet from foods such as bananas, eggs, oatmeal or rice then you may notice the deficiency with an itchy, scaly reaction or hair loss.
Selenium is believed to play a key role in skin cancer prevention. This mineral has the ability to protect the skin from sun damage and could potentially reduce you chances of burning.
Zinc works to help keep the skin clear by slowing down the production of oil. In fact, acne can actually be a symptom of zinc deficiency. This mineral may also be effective in controlling break outs and may also help in healing existent acne.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is more potent than even vitamin C or vitamin E. It can neutralize skin cell damage caused by free radicals. It has also been found to protect proteins against the damage that free radicals can induce. Alpha lipoic acid is also able to help other vitamins work more effectively in building and repairing skin cells.
DMAE is another incredibly powerful antioxidant that can actually deactivate the power of free radicals to damage skin cells. It also stabilizes the cell membrane so that it becomes much more difficult for free radicals to penetrate and cause damage.
This antioxidant protects the skin from oxidative stressors as well as giving the cells the energy they need to repair themselves. It has also been noted to play a role in the treatment of skin cancer.
Make sure that this supplement is taken in the morning as it can be just as stimulating as caffeine.
Evening Primrose Oil
This particular omega-6 fatty acid actually helps your skin to make ceramides which help your skin to hold onto water more effectively. It has also been shown to help in treating eczema.
Essential Fatty Acids
As I discussed in my article “Foods For Healthy Skin” essential fatty acids in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 are extremely beneficial to your skin. They are crucial to the production of a healthy oil barrier as well as keeping the cell membrane strong.
It is much easier to get enough omega-6 in your diet but proves to be much more difficult to get enough omega-3. The best sources that contain both omegas are found in fish oil and flaxseed oil.
You may be able to get all the necessary nutrients from the combination of a multi vitamin and a healthy diet. However, if you suspect that you are lacking in any of the above nutrients then it may be beneficial for you to supplement your diet with some or all of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above.