Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it plays an important role in protecting our body from pathogens and excessive water loss. It is the organ that perform the functions like temperature regulation, insulation, sensation, and synthesis of vitamin D.
We all know that adequate nutrition is essential for the proper functioning of each and every organ of our body. But certain vitamins, minerals and micronutrients are especially beneficial for improving the health of your skin.
Below are the seven key vitamins and minerals that mostly affect your skin health.
Vitamin A is critical for the normal life cycle of skin cells. Deficiency of vitamin A causes the skin to become dry, fragile and prone to wrinkles. Excessive intake of Vitamin A may cause serious toxicity and should be avoided.
B-complex vitamins, especially B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B12 (cyanocobalamin) can potentially affect your skin health. Overdose or deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B2 are known to cause special forms of dermatitis, a kind of skin inflammation. B12 deficiency is particularly detrimental to neurons and rapidly dividing cells,. which include skin cells.
Vitamin C, Iron and Copper
Vitamin C, iron and copper are needed for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is a key structural protein which fills the skin and gives it tone.
So the deficiencies of these nutrients affect your skin health. Vitamin C also helps to reduce the adverse effect of free radicals. The presence of free radicals in our body cause skin degeneration and premature aging.
Vitamin E, and beta-carotene
Like vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene also have antioxidant properties that reduce the adverse effects of free radicals produced in our body due to the factors like oxidative stress, environmental pollution, cigarette smoking, illnesses, mental stress etc.
Excessive doses of certain nutrients can be just as harmful as deficiencies. So it is best to abide by the recommended daily allowance (RDA), especially when you choose to take supplements for your nutritional needs.
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