Açai is rich in antioxidants, catechins,
procyanidins, sterols and phenolic acids.
fight free radicals and inflammation. Fish
oil helps skin retain moisture and protect
it from sunburn. There are several mechanisms attributed to fish oil’s beneficial effects. The latest government report cites the
triglyceride-lowering effects of fish oil on
reducing heart and blood vessel disorders.
Another beneficial mechanism of fish oil is
to protect healthy blood flow in arteries.
Grape Seed Extract: This extract is
the richest source of oligomeric proantho-cyanidin (OPC), making it one of the most
powerful antioxidants. It is rich in polyphenols. It helps protect cells from free
radical damage and also promotes healthy
blood circulation. It promotes brain, skin
and eye health and it improves cardiac
health and mental alertness.
Green Tea Extract: What makes green
tea extract such an important nutrient is
the large volume of published scientific
findings that validate its multiple biological benefits. The most significant findings
involve studies showing that green tea
extract helps maintain cellular DNA and
membrane structural integrity. Decades
of research shows that green tea inhibits the development of undesirable cell
colonies. The active constituents in green
tea are powerful antioxidants called polyphenols (catechins) and flavonols. Several
catechins are present in green tea and account for the bulk of favorable research
reports. Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is the
most powerful of these catechins. EGCG
functions as an antioxidant that is about
25-100 times more potent than vitamins C
and E. Green tea’s high antioxidant activity helps protect the body from oxidative
damage caused by free radicals.
Lutein/Zeaxanthin: These are potent
antioxidant carotenoids found in green
leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and
collard greens. They offer eye and skin
health benefits, such as improving skin
elasticity and hydration. Daily intake of
6-10mg may be beneficial.
Lycopene: Lycopene is a type of carotenoid found naturally in foods that are red,
such as tomatoes, watermelon, apricots,
pink grapefruit and guava. It helps promote
smoother, younger looking skin, and high
levels of lycopene in the skin block UV rays
to some degree. Lycopene also helps to
improve cell metabolism and cell communication. The daily requirement is between
25-75mg a day.
Melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone
produced by the pineal gland, which is
located beneath the brain. Melatonin is a
highly potent antioxidant, and has been
described as the pacemaker of the aging
clock in humans. It is released every night
as part of our time-dependent biorhythms
to help induce sleep and recuperate from
fatigue. Published studies indicate the importance of maintaining youthful levels of
melatonin to protect against age-related
Polypodium leucotomos: This is a
phenolic antioxidant with photo-protective, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. In a study of 21
human subjects, polypodium leucotomos
administered orally or topically provided
photo-protection to skin.
Pycnogenol: This ingredient has a
range of antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, photo-protective, anti-car-cinogenic effects. Oral supplements taken
for eight weeks reduced UV-induced cutaneous erythema.
Quercetin: A bioflavanoid, providing
body with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection, quercetin is found in
many plants such as black tea, broccoli,
onions, red apples and red wine. Ideally,
100-250mg of this nutrient should be taken three times a day.
Resveratrol: Resveratrol packs a
powerful antioxidant punch to soothe
inflammation, protect skin against environmental damage and fight premature
aging. It is said to offer a broad range of
health benefits. It hydrates, firms and lifts
the skin according to some research studies. It is found in red grape skin, raspber-ries and mulberries.
Vitamin C: This well-known vitamin
improves the appearance of sun-damaged
skin. It reduces inflammation, promotes
collagen production and strengthens
skin’s barrier response. This water-soluble
antioxidant is not produced by the body.
Vitamin C reduces melanin formation via
The only way to flawless skin is to keep
the inside of the body healthy. Skin’s endogenous supply of antioxidants is reinforced by orally or topically administered
antioxidants, thus combating an overload
of oxidative stress. Regular exercise also
has an anti-aging effect and could delay
As a general rule, it is preferable to eat
healthy food and try taking supplements
for maintenance of good health before
considering drugs for any minor ailments.
Because supplements are taken orally, their
activity is systemic, providing skin benefits.
No one can rewind time, nor can anyone reverse the ravages that the aging process puts on our bodies. The only sensible
thing we can do to manage the aging process is to make intelligent decisions about
what we consume, how we protect ourselves from UV and how we live.•