The right anti-aging vitamin can fight the ravages of time
Proper nutrition is crucial in the fight against aging. Front and center is the anti-aging vitamin.
Here are the anti-aging vitamins that can help you live a longer, healthier life:
An antioxidant, this anti-aging vitamin can be consumed as a supplement or in liver, eggs or fatty fish. It also is available as a topical cream as retinol. Though this anti-aging vitamin enhances bone health, there is fine balance that if tipped can lead to osteoporosis and bone brittleness.
B complex vitamins:
A combination of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 help lower homocysteine, an amino acid that is a marker for cardiovascular disease.
Like vitamin E, this anti-aging vitamin can be consumed or applied topically, protecting skin against UV rays. Found in citrus fruits, berries and some vegetables, vitamin C also is an antioxidant that not only works on its own but boosts other antioxidants in the body. This anti-aging vitamin reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In addition, it promotes eye health.
This anti-aging vitamin either can be ingested as a pill, consumed through nuts, leafy green vegetables or vegetable oils, or applied topically. Internally, its antioxidant properties boosts the immune system; inhibits the unnecessary clotting of blood, preventing heart attacks and strokes; and appears to promote brain health. When used as a cream or lotion, this anti-aging vitamin protects against damaging ultraviolet rays and helps retain moisture in the skin.
Consumable in a multivitamin or through kale, spinach or broccoli or able to be applied as a topical cream, this anti-aging vitamin promotes bone strength and diminishes dark circles under the eyes.
Also known as vitamin B-3, this anti-aging vitamin helps skin retain moisture, lowers triglycerides or fat in the blood, and helps convert food into energy. This anti-aging vitamin can be found in eggs, fish and nuts.
According to various studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the most effective way for anti-aging vitamins to be absorbed by the body is naturally through the consumption of balanced foods. That's because the phytochemicals -- the things that give plants their colors, flavors and smells -- work in concert with anti-aging vitamins. That symbiotic relationship is difficult to replicate in a pill.
Experts suggest taking an anti-aging vitamin with juice rather than milk. Even better, take the anti-aging vitamin with a meal so it has access to the phytochemicals contained in the food. Also, vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, meaning they need fat in order to be absorbed.