By Aly Walansky
Did you know that many vitamins that are good for improving skin, hair and nails can also be great at boosting our brains? Vitamin A supports learning and memory1 while Vitamin C boosts mood and may encourage cognitive function.2 Getting enough vitamin D may keep your information processing up to speed.3
Omega 3 fatty acids are known to be incredible for great skin, nails, and hair. They support a healthy inflammatory response and may help acne-prone skin.* Unfortunately, the basic American diet tends to be high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 vegetable oils, which makes skin conditions far worse and can create brittle hair and nails.
To get Omega 3 fatty acid benefits, try to eat mainly low-mercury wild-caught fish like salmon. Even if you're eating omega-3 rich foods like fish, walnuts, chia seeds, and freshly ground flax seed, you should consider supplementing with an essential omega fatty acids formula that contains EPA, DHA, and GLA.
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Vitamin A, or retinol, is known to smooth rough, dry skin.4 If you suffer from conditions that cause extremely dry skin; try supplementing with vitamin A to help restore moisture. Since it supports growth of healthy skin tissue, vitamin A can be essential when it comes to healing minor scrapes and wounds. Because it’s so restorative, vitamin A can also be great for anti-aging.5
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can cause premature aging. It also improves dryness by helping the skin restore its natural moisture.6 You may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by adding this vitamin to your diet.
Vitamin C is another great antioxidant known to stop free radicals in their tracks.7 Young skin is full of vitamin C, but as we age, we naturally and gradually lose it. Restoring our supply could be the key to maintaining more youthful skin. Vitamin C also helps stimulate the production of collagen in your skin so that it remains supple and youthful.8 It’s especially great for sun-damaged skin, as it’s known for its ability to fade brown spots and even out discoloration.*
Many of us don’t get enough Vitamin D. We get Vitamin D from the sun, yet we tend to use sun protection products and avoid sun exposure to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. A vitamin D deficiency may cause dull, sallow skin.
Add a vitamin D supplement to your regimen to help boost elasticity, stimulate collagen and restore radiance*—all without exposing your skin to direct sunlight and risking permanent damage. Current scientific research reveals that higher intakes of vitamin D are also associated with long-term and enhanced immune resistance.* Try these yummy vitamin D Gummies to get a Vitamin D boost! Rainbow Light’s Berry D-Licious Gummies deliver an even more potent level of Vitamin D3 for those adults looking for advanced support for bone and muscle strength, immune health, and circulatory and cellular health.
Getting enough folate (folic acid) can make you more alert, while also improving memory and focus. It also helps lower blood levels of the brain cell-damaging amino acid homocysteine.9 You can find folate in many foods, like beans, fruits, green leafy vegetables, lentils, and whole-wheat cereals. Folic acid (and many of the other vitamins!) can be found in Women's One Multivitamin - the #1 selling natural women's multivitamin, with potent vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, superfoods and herbs to nourish, protect and support major systems of a woman's body, and promote natural energy. Antioxidants including 5,000 IU of vitamin A, 120 mg of vitamin C and 30 IU of vitamin E promote skin, eye and immune health, and metabolism, plus potent vitamin B complex promotes energy and brain health, and stress management.
3 USLibrary of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Is vitamin D important for preserving cognition? A positive correlation of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration with cognitive function, April 2007
4 University of Maryland Medical Center, Skin wrinkles and blemishes, December 2012
5 University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin A
6 Clinical Interventions in Aging, Studies on free radicals, antioxidants, and co-factors
7 Harvard School of Public Health, Antioxidants: Beyond the Hype
8 US Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Effect of vitamin C and its derivatives on collagen synthesis and cross-linking by normal human fibroblasts
9 American Heart Association, Homocysteine, Folic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
About Aly Walansky
Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyle, beauty and travel blogger. Visit her on twitter at @AlyWalansky or her site at www.alittlealytude.com
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