Certain vitamins and minerals are essential for a healthy, youthful appearance, but getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge. “Even with a perfect diet, the combination of many things–including our depleted soils, the storage and transportation of our food, genetic alterations of traditional heirloom species, and the increased stress and nutritional demands resulting from a toxic environment–make it impossible for us to get the vitamins and minerals we need solely from the foods we eat,” says Dr. Mark Hyman. Here are five vitamins proven to make you look younger, according to experts. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Your body naturally produces collagen, but this slows down with age. “Collagen is what keeps our skin from sagging, giving us that plump, youthful look,” says dermatologist dr. Ohara Aivaz. “Starting in our mid-20s, we slowly begin to lose collagen. For women, we can lose up to 30% of our collagen production in the first 5 years of menopause.”
“Collagen peptides are a supplement that can help your body replace its lost collagen,” says Beth Czerwony, RD. “They help firm the skin and plump it up to keep you looking a little bit younger. Collagen peptides can help protect your ligaments and tendons. So they’re worth a try for anybody who has arthritic pain or who works out a lot.”
Vitamin C is “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals,” says board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD. “Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.”
“Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant, helping protect cells from damage throughout your body. It’s found in our sebum (skin oil), which creates a natural barrier to keep moisture in your skin,” says Cleveland Clinic. “So oilier skin surfaces, like the face, contain greater amounts of vitamin E. And since people with oily skin have more sebum, they also have more vitamin E on their skin.”
Vitamin A keeps skin healthy by fighting off free radicals, says Cleveland Clinic: “Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin also known as retinol. The RDA of vitamin A is 700 micrograms for women and 900 micrograms for men.”
Omega-3 is not only good for your overall health, it can make you look younger. “Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a type of heart-healthy fat with powerful anti-inflammatory properties,” says Rachael Link, MS, RD. “Fish oil tops the charts as one of the best supplements for glowing skin because of its omega-3 content, which can help soothe inflammation and protect the skin against damage.”
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