What are Antioxidants?
“Antioxidants are compounds found in food that stop or delay damage to the cells,” according to Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., assistant professor of nutrition at the University of South Florida. “Antioxidants are released from the foods we eat through digestion and travel through the bloodstream and into cells,” where they do work on free radicals, Wright explains.
Which vitamins act as antioxidants?
Vitamins that act as antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and the mineral selenium. Other non-vitamin substances that act as antioxidants include lutein and lycopene,” Wright says.
Link between Acne and Antioxidants
Many studies provide indirect, yet very obvious indicators of a mismatch between an oxidative stress burden and a diminished antioxidant defense system capacity in acne suffering people. It appears as though these antioxidant enzymes might be depleted at a faster rate in those who suffer from the chronic inflammation that characterizes acne.
For example one study found 43% higher hydrogen peroxide (inflammatory chemical) production in acne patients when compared to healthy controls. (according to acneeinstein.com)
One study showed a very significant differences in inflammation markers and anti-inflammatory substances between those with mild and severe acne. People with severe acne had much more inflammation and fewer antioxidants than those with mild acne. This really indicates that antioxidants balance is really important in body in order to control acne.
(according to acneeinstein.com)
Antioxidants for treating Acne
Try consuming antioxidants rich fruits , vegetables or supplements in your diet for reducing acne formation and to reduce the formation of wrinkles. The effect of antioxidant supplements on acne has also been studied in various researches For example in one study 30mg of zinc gluconate reduced inflammatory acne by 57% after 2 months. In another study zinc supplementation was compared to oral antibiotics. Antibiotics produced better results, but zinc was judged as clinically effective in 31% of the patients. Clinical effectiveness means more than 2/3 reduction in inflammatory acne.
What makes antioxidants deplete in human body?
Oxidative stress is the major reason for antioxidant depletion. Activities and processes that can lead to oxidative stress include:
-Consumption of certain foods, especially refined and processed foods, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and certain dyes and additives.
-Tissue trauma, due to inflammation and injury
Food Sources of Antioxidants
Vitamin A: Dairy produce, eggs, liver, carrots and mangoes
Vitamin C: Most fruits and vegetables, especially berries, oranges, lemons and bell peppers
Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, sunflower and other vegetable oils, and green, leafy vegetables
Beta-carotene: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, peas, spinach, and mangoes
Lycopene: Pink and red fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes and watermelon
Lutein: Green, leafy vegetables, corn, papaya, and oranges
Selenium: Rice, corn, wheat, and other whole grains, as well as nuts, eggs, cheese, and legumes
Zinc : Pumpkin seeds, eggs, meat, cashews, oatmeal, spinach, green peas, mushrooms. flax seeds, milk , nuts and avacado.
Other foods that are believed to be good sources of antioxidants include eggplants, legumes such as black beans or kidney beans, green and black teas, red grapes ,dark chocolate, pomegranates, goji berries etc.
The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences and information regarding various researches in the field of skincare and health.
My statements and opinions are in no way a substitution for professional medical advice. If you want to start any supplementation by reviewing your health issues consult to your doctor first. Thank You