Reviewing existing studies looking at vitamin D functions in skin physiology, Qatari researchers found mounting evidence that ingesting vitamin D may help improve skin inflammatory symptoms.
Although many people don’t realize it, the skin is actually an organ. The largest of the body’s organs, it is a mirror of the body’s overall health. Many diseases of the digestive, cardiovascular and nervous systems, as well as hormonal imbalances and inflammatory conditions, are reflected in the skin. To help keep the skin healthy, a wide variety of different micronutrients are needed.
Vitamin C, in combination with the amino acids lysine and proline, is particularly important as it is essential for producing healthy collagen fibers. Collagen, a fibrous protein, is the main component of skin.
Free radicals generated from oxidative damage activate matrix metalloproteinase enzymes, which break down collagen and elastin, thereby promoting wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Vitamin C, together with vitamin E, is highly effective in reducing free radical damage. Other micronutrients that are important for healthy skin include carotenoids, lycopene, curcumin, and coenzyme Q10.
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