Tips to Look Younger, Live Longer. Vitamin D and Retinol For Anti-aging.
The age and culture we all live in (particularly in USA) puts a lot of pressure on everyone to look healthy, young and energetic; it’s no longer a question of wellness, wellbeing and quality of life as much as it is about portraying an image of nonchalant youth and empowerment, and this has driven even young individuals to seek out treatments and maintenance drugs to keep those youthful looks on for as long as possible. And one of the way to do so, to keep the tone of the skin clean and vibrant is by use of vitamins.
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Granted there are many vitamins, vitamin products and food supplements that promise anti ageing effects, but in the following article we are going to look at the youth bestowing effects of two vitamins in particular; vitamin D and Vitamin A (also known as retinol). These are mostly advertised as vitamins that will affect the tonus and the quality of one’s skin, and we’re going to look at a few incarnations of them, both as orally administered tablets as well as ingredients in creams and lotions.
Vitamin A (retinol)
Similar to vitamin C, Vitamin A is mainly an antioxidant. That means it curbs the effects of free radicals in the cells and it prevents oxidation (naturally occurring in the body) from having intense ageing (cell degradation mainly) effects. University of Maryland Medical Center has conducted a thorough study on the effects of the vitamin on the body, and has found that its main uses are in the prevention of eye sight degradation, macular degeneration, and it also curbs the onset of cataract symptoms and the speed of its development.
Also, one other effect that can be said to be in the anti ageing area is that of preventing osteoporosis, since it helps calcium deposition in the bones. Also, its effects are appreciable in terms of brain development and protection. Vitamin A keeps the brain young and more capable, especially of learning and information retention. Therefore, the vitamin is a good way to counteract and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
In terms of “skin deep” effects, this vitamin doesn’t necessarily directly improve skin tone, but it’s long term antioxidant effects will keep the skin from losing its tonus and might even lead to smoother, silkier skin, though the effects are not noticeable immediately.
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Specialists don’t categorize this vitamin in the same antioxidants group as vitamin C, or A, however, the vitamin has significant (and much more easy to see) effects in terms antiaging. In one of the 2011 issues of the Maturitas magazine, a reputable heath publication, a study was published that found the lack of vitamin D to be directly responsible for ageing processes moving much faster. A lack of vitamin D leads to cardiovascular frailty (especially frailty of the capillary vessels that feed the heart) which in turn leads to a higher probability of heart disease and even heart attacks.
Another study conducted by the reputable University of Zaragoza , Spain, found out that individuals that consume foods high in vitamin D or that take supplements containing the vitamin are more likely to leave longer lives, while also preventing the onset of ageing.
Supplements and creams
Now, both of these vitamins (but especially retinols) are available as creams, eye creams, and wrinkle creams, but they are also available as oral supplements. The vitamins are best consumed fresh, in aliments that contain them; vitamin A is to be found in eggs, milk, fresh liver, as well as green vegetables, and in Oranges, apricots and more. Given the way the vitamin is used, at the intracellular level, using it as a cream, while effective, will however not allow the vitamin to permeate as easily. So, best scenario is to both consume the products above and get a good store of vitamin A in your liver, and also use creams that have the vitamin.
Vitamin D is available in cod oil (you can purchase cod oil supplements, generally sold as transparent pills containing a yellow, golden liquid), in tuna (fresh or in larger quantities in water canned tuna), in sardines (fresh or, this time, the ones canned in vegetable oil), milk, cheese and calf liver. Also, natural cheese will have some vitamin D, but for anti ageing results the vitamin is best consumed out of the cod oil supplements, as these have the highest concentration. Creams that contain vitamin D are generally not for general use, but for the treatment of psoriasis, eczemas and other skin conditions. Still, some cosmetic skins do contain the vitamin, but in smaller quantities, but in truth, if you consume the cod oil supplement, you should not need the vitamin administered locally.