I’m approaching thirty and concerns about fine lines, body image and general health are more than real. It is a fact that with aging our body slows down producing certain elements and reduces its ability to deal with vitamin deficiency. Taking supplements is one easy step towards boosting your organism’s vitality and gradually dealing with numerous concerns such as hair loss, nail strength, skin plumpness and elasticity, acne and many more. This blog post is dedicated to understanding some of the most common vitamins and supplements and hopefully answer burning questions such as “ What supplements should I take?” and “What supplements I should avoid?”
Hair length and strong nails
Zink and Selenium are famous for its immune boosting properties but when it comes to hair supplements targeting hair growth Biotin seems gain more are more popularity. Biotin is a vitamin produced in our bodies but also found in small amounts of foods like egg yolks, salmon, and leafy greens. On the market there are number of Biotin infused shampoos promising hair growth, biotin scalp treatments targeting scalp irritation and the ever-so-popular biotin supplements. Biotin is a vitamin that our body does not require much to get by. There are only small scale studies that prove that Biotin has positive effect on straightening nails. Also there is very little evidence supporting any improvement of hair condition or stimulating growth. Many medical reports indicate that high levels of biotin in our body can lead to acne flare and rashes. To counteract the negative side effects on Biotin, doctors suggest to take vitamin B5 alongside. Biotin is not harmful when in small and regulated dosage and yet its actual benefits are still a bit unproven. For my hair and nails better stick to Selenium and Zink.
Skin and Wrinkles
Hyaluronic acid is probably one of the most advertised active anti-aging ingredient used in the cosmetic industry. However, there is very little scientific evidence supporting the claim that topical application of hyaluronic acid can lead to removing wrinkles. Applied topically (on the skin) Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture and gives it more plumped appearance. Hyaluronic acid tablets are hard to be absorbed by our bodies due to heavy molecule weight of the ingredient, so creams and serums are better worth the money. After the age of 30 our body reduces collagen production and we all get wrinkles. Collagen is a type of protein which once inside our bodies it offer more tailored approach to boosting our organism since it is only accepted by out cells according to their needs. Collagen supplements and drinks also offer no hard evidence of removing wrinkles and fine lines. Nevertheless there are studies that confirm that oral consumption of collagen can improve production of collagen in our body. Collagen in skincare products tend to be ineffective since the skin cannot absorb collagen molecules and instead they sit the surface. Collagen supplements and now more popular drinks are definitely on my list to try. I will post an update talking about my personal experience and results of taking collagen supplements.
Disclaimer: before purchasing any vitamins and supplements check with pharmacy professional and/or your General Practitioner. Some of the ingredients mentioned in this post are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Always check and comply with the recommended daily dosage by professionals. The information used in this blog post was sourced by public medical researches and online medical journals, provided on request.