We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin C, and just
about everyone knows where to find good sources of this important
nutrient - look no further than the produce section at your
Oranges, grapefruit (and other citrus fruits), broccoli, asparagus,
tomatoes and sweet peppers are a few of the many fruits and
vegetables that contain high amounts of vitamin C.
What you may not know is that vitamin C is also necessary
in tissue growth and repair, suggesting its potential role
in retarding skin damage and skin aging. Researchers evaluated
this premise in a recent study published in the European
Journal of Dermatology. Twenty female volunteers (aged
55-60 and suffering from photoaged skin on the neck) received
a six-month application of topical vitamin C or placebo. Results
showed a significant decrease in the wrinkles and deep furrows
on the side of the neck treated with the vitamin C cream.
This improvement was confirmed by patient self-assessment
and by a dermatologist’s clinical examination.
Your doctor can provide you with more information on minimizing
skin damage, and on the many benefits of a well-balanced diet
rich in the proper nutrients. For more information on vitamin
C and other vitamins and minerals, visit http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/nutrients.html.
Humpert P. Topical vitamin C in the treatment of photoaged
skin. European Journal of Dermatology 2001: Vol. 11,