the natural way

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Jim Fain Do you remember the carnivals when you were a kid? Most of the time there would be an assortment of colorful performers and, almost always, someone who would guess your age and, if wrong, you'd get a stuffed animal or maybe an ashtray. Here are some surefire ways of completing that collection of ashtrays by looking younger as you get older.

Wrinkles - a sign of wisdom or not enough L-carnosine? The beneficial impact of this amino acid on skin and connective tissue is well established. Skin (and connective tissue) benefits by having its life span increased. It can continue to divide and remain healthy longer. As we age, the connective tissue cells in the inner layer of skin dwindle due to the inability of the cells to divide. This leads to inelasticity, wrinkles and poor wound healing. Carnosine reverses this and, according to Dr. William Campbell Douglas, helps prevent aging throughout the body. Carnosine is a powerful antioxidant.

A good antioxidant supplement will go a long way. Antioxidants do a lot of different things and are greatly beneficial. This is partly why a diet rich in fresh, colorful veggies is so good for us. An antioxidant supplement should include vitamins A, C, E (natural), B2, B6, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, alpha lipoic acid, L-cysteine and L-glutathione (reduced). Some include CoQ10 but I like to supplement with larger amounts than typically found in most antioxidant formulas. I still strongly favor vitamin E, as well.

"Vitamin E intake, from foods or supplements, is associated with less cognitive decline with age." Mind you, this was from an article in a prestigious neurology journal. Another published study from a different neurology journal proclaims benefit for a variety of conditions such as anorexia, depression, Alzheimer's, cardiac disease, including heart attack, and more.

According to Dr. Ronald Lawrence of U.C.L.A., a surprise benefit of taking about 2,000 mg/day of MSM is that folks may notice benefits such as softer skin, harder nails, thicker hair and softening of scar tissue. Hmmm... better hair, nails, softer skin with less wrinkles - sounds good, Ponce de Leon, watch out.

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