What Are the Best Vitamins for Skin?
Growing up, I was never a kid who was fond of taking medicine. Do any kids actually like taking it? When I got sick, I went to great lengths to make my mom chase me around the house to give me my medicine! That brings up a mental picture that is really funny, but I bet my mom wanted to kill me! This wasn’t the case with my vitamins. I’d be ready to munch those at a moment’s notice. I would even ask for more! What was my favorite? Flintstones chewables , of course. Did I have a favorite character? I did “kinda” favor Dino! I wonder if they still make Flintstones’vitamins?
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To this day I am a huge fan of taking vitamins. It’s a challenge to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need through food due to over processing and soil depletion.This is where supplements come in. What could be easier than swallowing a few pills to get what’s missing in your daily diet? Well for me, a LOT is easier than swallowing pills. I may be embarrassing myself by admitting this, but I didn’t learn how to swallow pills until I was 18 years old. For some reason I had a mental block when it came to swallowing them. I thought I was going to choke! When I got over this, I was finally able to ditch the Flintstones chewable for a more adult brand. By the way, I am not advocating eating junk foods and using vitamins to make up the difference. You should eat whole foods, fruits, and vegetables, yet even if you eat the healthiest diet possible, it’s still tough to get every single nutrient you need in your diet. This being said, let’s focus on today’s post: what are the best vitamins for skin? These are the ones which should be staples in your diet and in your medicine cabinet. Not only do they work internally, but they also work wonders when applied topically through the skin care products you use. And now, here they are:
Vitamins for Skin: Antioxidant Powerhouses
Remember when your mom made you eat your carrots because they were supposed to strengthen your eyes? Well, she was right! Vitamin A is the “healthy eyes” vitamin. Beta carotene, the red/yellow/orange pigment, found in fruits and vegetables converts to Vitamin A in the body. Besides carrots, seek out healthy Vitamin A sources such as eggs, tomatoes, fish oils, and apricots. Vitamin A also:
- Improves the skin’s overall condition
- Protects against infections
- Reduces fine lines and fades age spots
- Helps protect cells against cancer and other diseases
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits. Surprisingly, oranges are not the highest food in vitamin C! Which foods pack the most Vitamin C punch? Strawberries top the list with papaya, red, bell peppers, and broccoli not far behind. Like other vitamins, Vitamin C has a synergistic relationship with Vitamin E, making it work more effectively. That’s why it works best to take vitamins in combination. Most of us know the immune boosting function of Vitamin C, but what else can it do?
- Detoxifies the body
- Removes heavy metals (I didn’t know this one!)
- Increases collagen in the skin
- Reduces skin damage caused by free radicals
Vitamins for Skin: Anti Aging Wonders
VItamin E is anti-inflammatory…in other words, if your skin is puffy, it will “de-puf” it. It’s a fabulous eye oil. I purchased a small bottle to add to my homemade face treatments. You can also buy them in gel caps and bust them with a little pin to get to the “oil” inside. Get natural Vitamin E from almonds, olive oil, spinach, and papaya. Here are a few more benefits of Vitamin E for your skin and in your diet:
- Reduces age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Protects the skin from UV rays (This is why I adore shea butter- it’s high Vitamin E content.)
- Great treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne or eczema
- Increases concentration of carotenoids (free radical fighters- that’s what causes wrinkles!) in the skin
VItamin D is the sunlight vitamin! We cannot produce Vitamin D in our bodies, so the best way to get it is to get some rays. This is one of the most overlooked vitamins yet one of the most powerful. Many people are vitamin D deficient and don’t even know it. As a s supplement, you can’t take too much. I personally take 10000 milligrams a day, even though I live in a warm and sunny climate. If you live in a colder, more northerly climate, you may require even more. I would not recommend getting your vitamin D through milk or dairy sources. Pasteurized dairy is full of toxic ingredients and causes inflammation and mucus production in the body. The vitamin d benefits are enormous:
- Supports healthy teeth, bones, and nails
- Enhances absorption of Vit’s E and C
- Helps maintain a healthy immune system
- Prevents cancer, including breast, ovarian, and colon
Vitamins for Skin: Dosages
I probably could go on and on about vitamins (not to mention minerals and superfoods!) you should be taking, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. As it is, my vitamin case is bursting at the seams. After reading about the top vitamins for skin, you might be asking, ‘How do I know how much of each vitamin to take”? Like I mentioned earlier, try to get as much as you can through the foods you eat. If that’s not possible, take a quality supplement. I prefer a whole foods supplement, but sometimes a multi doesn’t give you enough of what you need. Most of the RDA (or Recommended Daily Allowance) for vitamins are way too low. This is when I use an additional supplement. The best way to determine your exact nutritional needs is through Bio-Meridian Analysis. I’ve mentioned this before, but in case you missed it, BMA is a non-invasive way to test your energy meridians. BMA tests your organs, hormone levels, and tells you exactly which supplement will work for your body and how much of it to take. If you live in the South Florida area, my Bio-Meridian Analysis expert, Andrea is ready and available for consultation. Call her at (954) 474-4829 or drop her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I highly recommend this test so you can stop wasting your money on supplements you end up peeing out anyway! If you decide to contact her, tell her Robin sent you!
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