The outward signs of aging such as sagging skin, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, or poor posture due to arthritis are easily seen from the outside. There are also signs of aging that cannot be seen by others from the outside. Some of these are memory loss and changes in eyesight. Both the internal and the outward symptoms of aging can be combatted with several vitamins that are helpful to ward off the symptoms of aging. Those who wish to add some of these helpful vitamins to their diet, at a minimum, should begin with the following:
Vitamin C is well known to be a powerful antioxidant and it has been proven to combat both the inward and outward signs of aging. As an individual ages the collagen content of their skin is reduced. This will eventually result in the formation of wrinkles. As the skin ages its elastin fibers, which are responsible for the skin’s elasticity, weaken. This weakening causes the skin to sag, especially the skin around the face and neck.
Beginning in 2007 researchers applied vitamin C topically to the aging skin of laboratory rats. The study proved that vitamin C is capable of reversing damage to the skin’s elastin fibers. Also the vitamin was shown to stimulate the production of collagen under the surface of the skin. Vitamin C is also proving its ability to prevent other serious aging-related conditions such as cancer, neural disease and heart failure.
Vitamin A has many anti-aging benefits. Besides being a potent antioxidant, vitamin A has been shown to be helpful in the prevention of diseases of the eyes such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis and disc degenerative diseases. Studies are being conducted to discover the role that vitamin A plays in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin E works together with vitamin C in several of ways to decrease the signs of aging. Vitamin E helps to rebuild collagen and promote smooth skin. The effectiveness of Vitamin E is almost doubled when used in combination with other antioxidants such as vitamin C.
Vitamin E helps to combat several of the internal consequences of aging, specifically those that affect the brain. It has been shown that taking vitamin E supplements coupled with participating in some type of aerobic activity three times a week can help to prevent the loss of memory and cognitive decline that most people experience as they age. Women can also benefit from moderate exercising.
Vitamin D is not usually regarded as an antioxidant by most nutritionists but vitamin D offers considerable anti-aging benefits when taken consistently. There is a direct link that exists between the aging processes and insufficient levels of vitamin D. Insufficient intake of vitamin D can result in cardiovascular failure and the frailty of muscles and joints. For this reason researchers believe that vitamin D should be studied further to determine its ability to prevent aging-related conditions and increase one’s lifespan. As we age we tend to spend less time outside in the sun and we create a shortage of vitamin D3 as a result. Vitamin D3 should be used regularly to help prevent colds.
It is important to understand that vitamins A, D, and E are fat-soluble nutrients. This means they should be consumed with fat or otherwise they will not be absorbed. These vitamins should, therefore, be taken with meals to ensure optimum absorption.