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Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Anti aging skin care products remind me of the song ’18 till I die’. Indeed, anti aging skin care products are very popular today; and why not, who doesn’t want to look young for ever?
Talking of anti aging skin care products, the first thing that comes to mind is vitamin C based anti aging skin care products. These products work by enabling the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin). This category of anti aging skin care products is related to anti-oxidants. Anti aging skin care products that are based on vitamin C are, however, posed with the danger of getting oxidised themselves (as they come into contact with air during their usage). So some anti aging skin care products are based on the derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive. However, the effectiveness of such anti aging skin care is not as much as it is for vitamin C based ant aging skin care products.

Besides vitamin C, vitamin E and lipoic acid are anti-oxidants too. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is found in human blood and helps in building resistance against infection. Vitamin E is also known to inhibit cancer. Liponic acid is known to combat the signs of aging very effectively by reversing the skin damage caused by the aging process.

Phytochemicals form the other category of anti aging skin care products. Phytochemical are special chemicals that are extracted from plants. There are a variety of phytochemicals that are in use today. Phytochemicals prevent occurrence of cancer of certain types; these include prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. That is why they find their place in anti aging skin care products.

Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use for anti aging skin care products.

The field of anti aging skin care products is vast and needs a lot of research. Though the currently available products are effective, they still have challenges to combat. Hopefully, these challenges will get resolved in due course and help get better and cheaper anti aging skin care products.

However, anti aging skin care products should be used only as a supplement to the natural ways of skin and body care. So, drinking a lot of water, getting a good night sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping stress at bay are essential means of delaying the aging process. No anti aging skin care product can replace them really.

Acai Berry - Health Benefits?

The Acai berry hasn't been around, outside of South America, for very long. One of the reasons is that, once it's picked, it's nutrients decay quite rapidly. However, modern techniques have overcome this problem and Acai is now transported to almost every country in the world.

Because of our relatively recent exposure to Acai, research on it's health benefits are limited, although
intial research shows a very positive effect on cardiovascular disease, anti-aging, cancer and weight loss. The studies conducted at the University of Florida and Science Daily looks very positive.

Also, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated studies to look at the link between antioxidant rich food (Acai is one of the richest) and aging. Here are some direct quotes from the USDA website -

"Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain."

Ronald L. Prior, the researcher for the USDA study went on to suggest that "the ORAC measure may help define the dietary conditions needed to prevent tissue damage."

"Science has long held that damage by oxygen free radicals is behind many of the maladies that come with aging, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. There's firm evidence that a high intake of fruits and vegetables reduces risk of cancer and that a low intake raises risk. And recent evidence suggests that diminished brain function associated with aging and disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases may be due to increased vulnerability to free radicals, says Joseph, a neuroscientist."

"Can Foods Forestall Aging?", published in the February 1999 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

It is clear that the potential health benefits of eating high ORAC value foods should not be underestimated and Acai berry health benefits in perticular.

It is well known that berries in general are very good for you, but  this little berry sits at the very top. Ounce for ounce, it's one of the most densely nutritious and powerful foods available while providing numerous healthy benefits. The Acai berry is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber, it has a cholesterol lowering effect and helps to maintain a healthy heart.

The following health benefits have been associated with the Acai fruit -

anti-aging protection
protection against cardiovascular heart disease
protection against degenerative diseases such as and cancer
helps to keep arteries from hardening
increased energy levels and vitality
increased immune system to ward off colds, flu and other diseases
healthier looking skin
improved vision
improved blood circulation
better sleep
enhanced weight loss