Inflammaging

Aged skin

No, this is not a typo, but, if you add inflammation + ageing you get the term; ‘inflammaging’.

So, how does our skin age with inflammation? Well, your diet has a lot to do with it.

Ageing is a process we all go through however, results increase with the production of inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are chemicals that are cell signals responsible for most of the degenerative diseases we normally associate with ageing.

NF-kappaB (NF-kB) is a cytokine we associate with inflammation when it is produced excessively. One of the ways that we can impact the production of these cytokines is to look at the foods we eat.

Foods that are deep-fried, baked or roasted undergo a process known as glycation (think browning). Glycation  produces compounds that stimulate NF-kB by binding or cross-linking proteins to glucose or fats without an enzyme, therefore; forms abnormal protein structures. Our skin is made up mainly of proteins so when glycation is  increased, due to our diet, our skin is affected and we see accelerated ageing occurring.

Some of the effects of glycation and inflammaging include;

  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Collagen becomes more rigid and unsupportive
  • Drier skin
  • Aged appearance

How do you reduce the risk of inflammaging?

Reduce the amount of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products you consume. The more processed foods, sugar, or foods cooked at high temperatures you eat, the more prone to inflammatory processes you become. This will in turn put you at risk of inflammaging.

Topical nutrition and internal nutrition are needed to combat the effects of inflammaging and many skin care companies now include ingredients that reduce the effects of glycation and inflammation on the skin.

  • Eat more antioxidant-rich foods such as
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Blackberries
    • Strawberries
    • Red grapes
    • Brussel sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Tomatoes (cooked)
    • Broccoli
    • Green Tea
  • Use skin care products including ingredients such as
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    • Pomegranate
    • Arginine
    • Green Tea

Do you eat enough of these foods or use skin care products with any of these ingredients?

 

 

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