Best Anti-ageing supplements: Dermatologist research

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

"Doctor, do I really need anti-ageing supplements for keeping my skin and body young?"

Certainly not, if you can eat the foods that are rich anti-oxidants.

 

But the question arises why do you need to eat anti-ageing supplements or food rich in anti-oxidants daily? This is because our body is constantly battling against stress that comes in the form of diseases, unhealthy diet, mental tension, undersleep, exposure to chemicals etc. This is turn leads to the generation of harmful reactive oxygen species(ROS). The anti-oxidants taken in the diet or as tablets helps in removing these harmful ROS and delay the ageing process. Therefore, there is no doubt you need antioxidants daily.

 


In this article, you will find the answer to following questions:

 

What are the common foods with high antioxidant values?

There is a lot of information on the internet regarding the anti-oxidant rich foods, however, the scientific proof lacking to support them. Therefore, we decided to find an authentic source to provide you with the information given below. Interestingly, the scientist found out that antioxidant content of food derived from animals was considerably lower(source). Among plant-based foods, herbs, berries, spices and traditional medicines topped the list.

In another study conducted in 2010, to find the antioxidant content of around 3100 food item. We analysed the antioxidant content in mmol/100 g of easily available food item studied in the above study in the following slots:

Antioxidant value more that 100mmol/100g:

  • Triphala: 706
  • Amalika: 301
  • Clove, dried, whole and ground: 277.3
  • Dried Amla(Indian gooseberries): 261.5
  • Arjuna:150
  • Mint leaves, dried: 116.4

 

Anti-oxidant value between 50-100 100mmol/100g:

Cinnamon, dried ground: 77

Oregano, dried ground: 63.2

Thyme, dried ground: 56.3

 

Antioxidant value between 20-50 100mmol/100g:

  • Dried Bilberries: 48.3
  • Rosemary, dried ground (44.8)
  • Saffron, dried ground (44.5)
  • Sage, dried ground (44.3)
  • Bay leaves, dried: 27.8
  • Nutmeg, dried ground: 26.4
  • Walnuts with pellicle: 21.9
  • Dill, dried ground: 20.2
  • Ginger, dried: 20.3

 

Antioxidant value below 20 mmol/100g

  • Dried plums: 3.2
  • Prunes: 2.4
  • Blueberries jam: 3.5
  • Dried Dates: 1.7
  • Dried Apple: 3.8
  • Pomegranates: 1.8
  • Espresso coffee: 14.2
  • Pecans with pellicle: 8.5
  • Sunflower seeds: 6.4
  • Basil, dried: 19.9
  • Dark chocolates(higher the cocoa higher is anti-oxidant): 7-15

Kindly note the above anti-oxidant value is of uncooked food. Cooking can alter the above values.

BOTTOM LINE:

  • Though anti-oxidant rich food is common, they should not be heated. Here are few ways to incorporate the above anti-oxidants in your diet:
    • Triphala: It has the highest antioxidant content of 706 mmol/100g. It is an Ayurvedic remedy that is commonly used in India household for the variety of ailments and it can be taken after consultation with your doctor. It is available on amazon.in, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.
    • Dried Amala: Another tasty way to incorporate antioxidant-rich food is eating dried amla candy. It is rich in anti-oxidant particularly vitamin C. You buy this tasty and healthy treaty on amazon.in, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.
    • Garnishing: Lastly, herbs like mint, cinnamon, cloves, thyme, oregano etc are rich in anti-oxidants. Do not miss a chance of sprinkling these herbs when the dish is ready to serve. These herbs will not only add flavour, but also a dash anti-ageing to your meals.

 

What to look for in the ingredient list of best anti-ageing supplements?

If you have already tried looking for anti-ageing supplements yourself, I am sure, you might be confused which one is best. I have listed below ingredients(efficacy is proven by research) to look for in the best anti-ageing supplements:

  • Marine Collagen: There are many other studies that support the positive effects of collagen supplement on the ageing skin (source, source, source). A 16-week study conducted in Texas in 2007, where marine collagen supplements (along with Vitamin C and Zinc) were given to females, showed improvement in overall facial appearance, radiant complexion, periocular wrinkles, visual and tactile roughness, and mottled hyperpigmentation. (source).
  • Natural anti-ageing supplements: Camellia sinensis, lemon oil, green tea, coffee arabica, Silymarin, polypodium leucotome, ginseng, rosemary, Gingko Biloba, Resveratrol, aloe vera, pomegranate, soybeans, curcumin etc are natural sources of anti-oxidants that can help in delaying ageing (source, source).
  • Vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A are vitamins with antioxidant action.
  • Minerals: Among minerals, copper and selenium help is anti-aging of skin. (source)
  • Phytoceramides: only help in increasing hydration of skin and should be used if your skin is excessively dry.(source)
  • Miscellaneous: L-carnosine, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic acid are some other anti-oxidant that can help in reversing the damage caused on by UV rays, pollution, disease, unhealthy diet etc. (source).

BOTTOM LINE: When you go for buying anti-aging supplements, make sure that they contain most of the above antioxidants.

 

Which is the best anti-aging supplement available in the market?

Well, I am a big advocate of using the best nature has to offer, that too in the form in it was created by the God, instead of eating synthetically formulated supplements. Therefore if you want to boost your anti-ageing pursuit then following two are the best options:

  •  Triphala: It has the highest antioxidant content of 706 mmol/100g. It is an Ayurvedic remedy that is commonly used in India household for the variety of ailments and it can be taken after consultation with your doctor. It is available on amazon.in, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.
  • Dried Amala: Another tasty way to incorporate antioxidant rich food is eating dried amla candy. It is rich in anti-oxidant particularly vitamin C. You buy this tasty and healthy treat on amazon.in, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

If you are interested in trying the synthetic anti-ageing supplements then, I have compared the pros and cons of most popular supplements in the table given below:

 

BEST SKIN SUPPLEMENTS IN US

Brand

Availaibilty

Pros

Cons

 

Wrinkle Eraser

amazon.com

 

Has all anti-oxidant vitamins A,C,E and niacinamide), Collagen, amino acids, anti-oxidants(Resveratrol, Grape Seed, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Green Tea

), turmeric, aloe vera

Does not have trace elements

 

Ultimate skin detox

amazon.com

Has vitamins(B,C,E), minerals (calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, mangnese, Hydrolysed collagen and keratin, powerful anti-oxidants (Goji Berry Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, and Milk Thistle Seed Extract, beet root powder, amla, Fo-ti root,  Bladderwrack, Nori Yaki, Wakame, Olive Water Extract, Astaxanthin Complex, Goldenseal, Burdock, Red Clover, Yellow Dock)

Twice a day for 7 days detaox therapy

Has gelatin and collagen from bovine origin

Imedeen

amazon.com

Has marine complex, vitamin (C, E), minerals (zinc), antioxidants (white tea extract, tomato extract, grape seed extract, Chamomile extract

 

Has study to support its efficacy

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Has limited constituents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In conclusion, I would like to emphasise that anti-aging cannot be achieved by eating a supplement alone, you have to change your daily routine altogether to stop fine lines. For details, read this article, Wrinkled face and fine line: Anti-age with this 20 steps daily routine


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