Why Are Antioxidants Touted As Anti-Aging Molecules?


What’s the hype about these “antioxidants”? Every product you consume or slather on your skin is screaming “antioxidant” these days. Are the tall claims that antioxidants keep aging at bay and even prevent cancers and heart disease really true?

What are Oxidants and Anti-oxidants, you ask?

What is an Oxidant?

Your body is under constant attack from negative elements like pollution, chemicals, harmful UV rays of the sun, deep-fried foods, cigarette smoke, sugary foods, etc. These, along with the toxins and the stress hormones that the body releases cause damage to the molecules of the cells in the body, causing the cell to lose an electron and turn them into ‘free radicals’ or ‘oxidants’. In turn, these ‘electron-less’ molecules try to make up for their inadequacy by stealing electrons from other cells, oxidizing them and turning them into ‘free radicals’. This increasing deluge of free radicals/ oxidants is bad for your skin health!

The Antioxidant Police Force

Antioxidants take control of the situation and disarm the delinquent ‘oxidants’ into law-abiding members of the cellular society. They stop the oxidative process by replacing the lost electron in cells without damaging other molecules. The best part is that, our body’s metabolic process makes a variety of antioxidants. These are not enough to fight the barrage of free radicals that constantly attack our system. Fruits, vegetables and other foods like meat, wine and even chocolate replenish our need for more antioxidants.

Different antioxidants target specific enemies. While scientists are on a lookout for more, the seven most important antioxidants known are Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Carotenoids, Isothiocyanates, Polyphenols and Coenzyme Q10.

Antioxidants are your Anti-aging winners!

The free radicals that damage the cell DNA in the skin cells increase the risks of skin cancer and super-speed the wrinkle-formation process. Here we look at five important antioxidants that help reduce skin damage.

  1. Selenium – It speeds up the body’s natural antioxidant formation process and helps protect from skin cancer. Brazil nuts, snapper and shrimp are rich in Selenium.
  2. Vitamin E – It is best anti-aging antioxidant. It protects the skin from UV rays-induced free radical formation, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Vegetable oils, fish, spinach, eggs and nuts are known sources of vitamin E
  3. Vitamin C – It boosts the function of Vitamin E and reconstructs skins collagen. Found in foods like papayas, bell pepper, citrus fruits and broccoli it is great for the skin.
  4. Carotenoids – These help protect the eyes and skin from sun damage by preventing pigmentation and maintaining skin tone. Carrots, butternut squash and spinach are good sources.
  5. Polyphenols – These are anti-inflammatory and correct tissue damage. Whole grains and cereals are the best sources of polyphenols.

While consuming antioxidant rich foods like nuts, fish, pomegranates, spinach, and berries that work inside-out; topical application of antioxidant creams helps the body outside-in. The excitement around antioxidants made beauty scientists to figure out how to shrink antioxidant molecules to incorporate them into skin creams for topical applications. This is why antioxidant fortified sunscreens, day-night creams and anti-aging wrinkle fighters are more effective than only applying papaya skins over your face.

So go ahead, fight the radical damage!


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