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Nutrients YOU need but maybe didn’t realize it!

Vitamin A is essential for collagen synthesis and can help treat wrinkles and prevent skin injury and ulcers. A study was done on a group of elderly people living in senior citizen facilities and found that topical retinol (Vitamin A1) application helped improve fine wrinkles associated with natural aging. This was partially due to increased collagen synthesis and better water retention in the skin.

Our skin is constantly bombarded with elements that cause oxidative damage such as UV radiation, smoke, and free radicals. ALA helps to fight the toxins that result from oxidative stress to the skin and lead to photoaging and even skin cancers. ALA is the omega-3 essential fatty acid that you can find in plants and seeds.

Essential fatty acids are potent antioxidants and important for many aspects of our health, including skin care. Essential fatty acids are important in the cell membranes of the skin, as well as in the skin barrier function and preventing inflammation. It can also help in the case of allergic skin diseases, acne and other skin disorders. Generally speaking the western diet is very high in omega 6 fatty acids due to our overconsumption of processed foods. That’s why in order to maintain a healthy ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 we should eat more natural food sources that include but are not limited to fish, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed oil, walnuts and so on.

Vitamin B helps provide important benefits to the skin and a deficiency may lead to different skin defects. A study done with rats showed that they developed different types of skin disorders based on whether they were deprived of B6, B2 or flavin. Another study found that deficiency in vitamins B2 and B6 affected the maturity of collagen in the skin and may be related to skin lesions. Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B6 can be found in whole grains, spinach, liver, and dairy products.

Vitamin C and E are both strong antioxidants and therefore useful in combatting oxidative stress in our skin. Vitamin C and E are often used in combination. Together, these two vitamins have been found to possess photoprotective properties. These vitamins are also able to protect against skin cancers. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, green peppers, watermelon and berries. The best source of vitamin E is wheat germ but it can also be found in liver, eggs, nuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, avocado and asparagus.

Bottom Line

Following a diet that includes these vitamins and nutrients will help prevent a number of skin disorders and improve its overall complexion as well as help facilitate its function in protecting us from environmental pollutants and damage.

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Antioxidants and Emerging Ingredients – Part II

People often ask ‘What are the most popular Antioxidants in the market, and which are emerging ingredients to watch?’ 

Traditionally, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene) and Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) have been at the forefront as the most widely accepted and used forms of Antioxidants.  Many of the products we offer that have their own natural antioxidants helping them maintain their stability are those rich in fat soluble Vitamin E like Wheat Germ, Safflower and Sunflower Oils and Oil Powders for supplements.

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Modern engineering and science have introduced ways to process plant derived ingredients so they maintain their “Natural” Antioxidants to support a longer shelf life and ideally can be passed along to the body once consumed.   Products rich in Carnosic Acid, like Rosemary Extract, have been proven to be even more capable than C, A and E as Antioxidants, Natural Preservatives and Natural Bacteria Inhibitors.

The Antioxidant category is exploding.   Oxidation is a chemical reaction that is the onset of rancidity and the cultivator of free radical production in our bodies.  Free radicals have to power to damage cells and impact overall homeostasis.

At CONNOILS, we focus on our own objectives and not on what others are doing.  As a specialty oil company, we understand that the biggest issue we face in our market segments is stability or lack thereof.  So Natural Antioxidants and preservatives, whether introduced prior, during, or after processing, play a key role in how we meet our customers objectives.

Contact CONNOILS to discuss Antioxidants for your formulation goals.