Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Can Coenzyme Q10 And Other Supplements Give You Great Skin?

Great skin. It is something to treasure, indeed. Some of us are blessed with what seems like perfect skin. But most of us have to work very hard to keep it looking smooth, firm, and wrinkle-free.

Many of us take supplements and vitamins on a daily basis, to keep our bodies healthy and nourished. But the majority probably do not take supplements and vitamins for their complexion.

So, the question begs.......Can Coenzyme Q10 and other pills give you great skin?

Some experts say, "You betcha!"

One of the skin pioneers big on the power of anti-oxidants is Dr. Nicholas Perricone, an anti-aging expert. He says you can revitalize your skin from the outside and inside. Remember Dr. Perricone's NY Times bestseller, The Wrinkle Cure?

And Miami beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann seems to agree. Both skin experts love Coenzyme Q10. You've seen that special ingredient blended into lots of skin creams. And with good reason.

According to Dr. Baumann, it's her favorite anti-oxidant. "It protects the skin from oxidative stress and helps give cells the energy they need to repair themselves."

And Dr. Perricone writes at length about CoQ10 in The Wrinkle Cure, saying that, "CoQ10 is fat-soluble and therefore concentrates in the skin plasma membrane, providing protection against free-radical damage, which is why it's such a powerful anti-oxidant". He says there are no toxic effects, and advises taking the oral supplement at doses of 30-100 mg. daily under age 40, and 100 mg. daily over 40.

Dr. Perricone. suggests dividing the doses at breakfast and lunch. And do consult your doctor about dosages related to heart disease.

More good beauty supplements for great skin include:

Vitamin C. This super pill helps your body produce collagen.

Evening Primrose oil. This omega-6 fatty acid helps improve firmness in skin.

Fish or Flaxseed oil. Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation in the body. Omega-3s also help strengthen the skin's barrier, which means moisture locks in, and bad stuff like irritants are blocked out.

Do your research. There is a pill for great skin. And you can tailor a plan that suits your specific skin care needs.

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