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Anti-aging Antioxidants Could Be the Key to A More Youthful

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We continue forward with what we discussed in my last article related to anti-aging antioxidants. For a little more intense chemistry lesson, consider the following: Antioxidants are one class of phytonutrients and they work by supplying an extra oxygen molecule to those molecules that are missing one, called free radicals. If antioxidants don't supply the missing oxygen molecule to free radicals, the free radicals will take an oxygen molecule from another compound in the body, making one that was previously healthy and intact itself a free radical.

We have all heard of free radicals and know that they are unstable chemical molecules. Most of us also know that they can have a negative effect on our bodies because they can damage cells. Free radicals are produced as a normal by product of the metabolic processes of our cells. Our immune system also produces free radicals as a means to counteract the effects of pathogens and the environment.

So while there is little we can do about the production of free radicals within our bodies, we can attempt to maintain a balance in the body such that there is enough of a supply of anti-aging antioxidants to cope with the body's production of free radicals.

One negative aspect of free radicals is its affect on our skin and consequently the way our skin ages. Free radicals alter the fatty layers in cellular membranes, the same fatty layers provide structure to the cell, and control which nutrients and other agents can pass in and out. Free radicals also can alter the DNA within cells, which aside from the potential to develop into serious illnesses, can make skin more likely to wrinkle and sag before its natural biological time. Altered DNA creates a blueprint for collagen and elastin fibers that do not function as healthy, normal ones would. The skin's pores need healthy collagen and elastin fibers to stay tight and small; therefore, another undesired result is open, large pores.

Free radicals also lead to a process called the cross-linking of collagen fibers. This occurs in the skin's dermis, as a result of collagen and elastin fibers becoming hard, thick, and then binding together. Cross-linked fibers create wrinkles, skin sag, and cause regular expression lines to become etched in the face as a permanent fixture. With healthy collagen and elastin fibers these expression lines would simply disappear once the facial muscles are moved in a different way.

Although aging is unavoidable and inevitable, we are more inclined to welcome the process if we look and feel our best. In order to gain that attitude, taking the following steps to combat the signs of aging is a must: (1) take more vitamin supplements; (2) eat more anti-aging foods; (3) use lots of anti-aging antioxidants, and (4) exercise self-control (or moderation) in eating.For more visit

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