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Vitamin Supplement May Slow Aging Skin

Posted Oct 07 2009 12:00am

While a balanced diet rich in raw whole food fruits and vegetables is the best way to get the nutrients you need for a healthy body, certain individual vitamins and minerals have been studied to reveal their specific benefits. It is the belief of this author that avoiding the unhealthy foods as well as tobacco products and excessive alcohol in addition to the aforementioned recommended diet, will provide the best anti-aging results than any one vitamin or supplement could possibly provide, and that even includes Juice Plus+. Having said that, here is a new study that reveals how Coenzyme Q10 coupled with other antioxidants provides help to the skin --

Taking a dietary supplement containing coenzyme Q10 and a selection of antioxidants and minerals can decrease skin roughness and fine wrinkles, according to a recent study.

Sixty female subjects were randomly assigned to either the supplement, manufactured by Australian-based nutritional supplement manufacturer Blackmores, or a placebo.

After 12 weeks of taking the supplement once daily those in the treatment group experienced a significant improvement in skin roughness and fine wrinkles, whereas those in the placebo group did not, according to the researchers based at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Measurements of skin roughness and fine wrinkles were carried out at the start of the study, then at four week intervals until week 12.

Significant difference after 4 weeks
According to the researchers, the depth of skin roughness and fine wrinkles were not significantly different between placebo and treatment group at the beginning of the study, but by the end of week 4 there was a significant reduction in the treatment group.

By the end of the study, skin roughness and fine wrinkles had reduced by 21.22 per cent, compared to a 1.7 percent improvement in the placebo group.

The satisfaction of the study participants with the treatment was also measured and questionnaires investigated whether a reduction in pore size, skin roughness, wrinkles, and decrease and homogenization of skin colour was experienced.

A reduction in pore size, skin roughness and fine wrinkles, was seen by those in the treatment group at a significantly higher level than those taking the placebo, but there were no perceived changes in pigmentation levels.

The supplement contains antioxidants (coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, grape seed extract, French maritime pine bark extract, green tea extract and D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate), minerals (zinc and selenium) and glycosaminoglycans. ( Source )

Bottom line: While these studies may confirm the benefit of specific vitamins or minerals, they may be misleading the public into believing that taking a supplement that has a positive study attached to it is the best way to travel to good health. Studies are good and necessary, but there are thousands of nutrients all of which are most likely to provide at least some benefit to the body's health, and collectively may be the best weapon to defend against sickness and disease, including aging. The point is, don't get carried away with buying individual vitamins or minerals for every study you read that shows promise. Although the study cited above does contain more than just one substance, it is more important to know that eating a balanced diet and avoiding the many toxins is the best road to staying youthful, energetic, and healthy. When you do add to your diet, make it whole food nutrients made from the source(s).

Dr. J. Patrick Havey
The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Official Juice Plus+® Distributor

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