Question: There is five foot shelf of CoQ10 products in my vitamin store and I have also seen it on the label of moisturizers and serums. What is it and should I being using it? And if yes, what form should I buy?
Answer: This seemingly simple question has a complicated answer. Let’s start with the easy part. CoQ 10 is similar to a vitamin and is a powerful antioxidant. It is made by the body and is essential for providing energy to the cells. As with so many self made substances, the levels drop both as we age and in health problems such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, some cancers, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease.
The assocition between lower levels of CoQ10 and health issues have led to the study of the benefits of CoQ … Continue Reading…
I’m not subtle when it comes to my enthusiasm for sunscreens and the numbers from the Skin Cancer Foundation support my views:
* Up to age 60, up to 90% of skin aging is actually sun damage
* 5 million people in the US are treated each year for some form of skin cancer
* The incidence of skin cancer has risen 77% between 1992 and 2006
* 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers are due to UV rays
* Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29
Despite these numbers I hear many reasons ( excuses?) for not using sunscreens and most of them are easily refuted. But then there is the issue of vitamin D.
Vitamin D 101
Vitamin D is an essential … Continue Reading…
Last week I received a simple question that did not have a simple answer– what is the most important vitamin for my skin, the true beauty vitamin? Just about every nutrient has been promoted for skin health, but three keep making the list:
1. Vitamin E-
Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Studies have shown that it can block free radicals and ( in theory) reverse signs of aging. There are also suggetions that vitamin E can reduce scar formation. But sad to say the impact and benefit of vitamin E has been somewhat oversold. Vitamin E creams and cleansers have been shown to actually provoke breakouts in oily or acne prone skin. And as for help in scar reduction, numerous researchers report it … Continue Reading…
Its Fashion Flash Monday, New Year’s Eve Edition, hosted by Barbara of The Best of Everything After 50. The Fashion Flash bloggers have cranked it up to end 2013 with the best of the best fashion and beauty tips:
* Jackie of Aging Backwards takes an honest look at New Year’s Resolutions
* Fab Over 40 ends the year with a not to be missed plan for reviving dull, dry skin
*Prime Beauty shows how to get that special beauty glow by using the right products
*Black Cat Plus proves that beauty is never based on size
* Fabulous After 40 shares the best looks of 2013
* Moving Free with Mirabai reveals the top five fitness myths
* Staness of Menopause Makeover shares her recipe for Pomegranate Champagne punch– … Continue Reading…
This has not been a good time for the vitamin industry. A recent story in the New York Times reported that vitamin supplements were not what they seemed. Some were contaminated by rodent poop while others had 200X recommended levels of selenium. And then there were those Ayurvedic supplements which contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury and arsenic.
Now in December no less than three studies showed that multivitamin supplements had no health benefits. Research out of Harvard Medical School gave 6000 men over 65 a daily multivitamin pill and measured their brain function. At the end of 12 years, the multi vitamin made no difference in cognitive ability. The much larger US Preventive Service Task Force followed 300,000 men and women who took multi vitamins. The result? No change in heart and … Continue Reading…
Question- Dr Oz recently recommended ceramide supplements for better skin. I know you recommend moisturizers with ceramides. Do you also take ceramide pills?
Answer- I love Dr Oz as much as the rest of America, but in this case I am not that enthusiastic about these supplements. To start off, there is only a single small study ( as in ONE) that looks at their value as supplements and that was done by the company that is selling ceramide supplements.
Then there are the supplements themselves. They are made from plant derived ceramides and there is certainly a great deal of difference between plant cells and human skin cells. It is also hard to figure out just how much ceramide is in each capsule– or even what the correct dose would be. Some brands are primarily vitamin E and/or a propriatory … Continue Reading…