Glycation is a non-enzymatic process that is a strong contributor to why our body tissues age with time. Sugar molecules like fructose and glucose bind “donor tissues” in the body, such as proteins, fats and DNA components throughout the body. This is a process known as “glycation”.
AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products) form as a result. Once the tissues have been bound and stiffened by the sugar molecules, the tissue’s specific function becomes impaired. Normal tissue repair mechanisms cannot repair glycation as the enzymes that would normally repair can no longer bind to the glycated tissue. This further accelerates aging. Collagen and elastin are very susceptible to glycation, and reflects as aging on the skin.
“Sugar Sag” – skin glycation and aging – presents with:
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Broken capillaries and cherry spots
- Poor tissue recovery and healing
- Poor nutrient delivery to the skin
How to limit Sugar Sag - skin aging
- Avoid sugar!
- Boil and steam foods rather than grill, roast or fry food. Asian cooking methods have been shown to be beneficial to the skin
- Eat more ginger and garlic
- Drink more herbal tea
Aim for food and supplements high in:
- alpha lipoic acid
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
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