Glycation causes premature aging!
Glycation, What it is and Why it is important to know!
Let’s start by saying that when you die, it will probably be from glycation. Now that I have your attention, what is it and how can we slow it down or even stop it. The proper nomenclature is glycosylation.
Glycation is a process whereby a sugar molecule binds very firmly to a protein molecule. This makes a sticky honey-like substance that circulates in your system and sticks to various large things such as collagen, elastin, hemoglobin, immunoglobulins, enzymes, and virtually everything. This is like putting sugar in your gas tank. It gums everything up, and it will stop both your car and your body. Diabetics have lots of the glycation molecules, called Advanced Glycation End Products (prophetically AGEs), and most will die from small blood vessel diseases. Examples are heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, and anything affected with hardening of the arteries. Cataracts are another example, but doesn’t kill you. Also. since it affects your elastin fibers, it makes everything sag. All in all, glycation is a nightmare process which degrades important body tissues. It must be dramatically reduced if aging is to be minimized.
Since glycation is a bond between sugar and protein, the first logical thing you can do is limit your intake of simple carbohydrates like desserts, bread, white potatoes, white rice, pasta, and certain sweet fruits. Foods that elevate your blood sugar can easily be found on the Internet.
In addition, rapidly cooked foods cause glycation. Fried foods are probably the worst, and anything cooked at over 250ᴼ F causes glycation. Slow cooking, steaming, simmering and stewing to prepare food are best. When possible, raw is better yet.
A proper diet is best, but what supplements are helpful in reducing glycation? The best known is a combination of two peptides called Carnosine. This can be taken by mouth in a 500 mg capsule, and is known to slow the glycation process significantly. Another supplement is Benfotiamine. Carnosine has been added to an eye drop solution called Bright Eyes and has been demonstrated to slow cataracts and in one study even reverse cataract. If this is true, Carnosine is actually a bond breaker and should be a very effective anti-glycation agent.
With all of the above in mind, and with me on a soap box about glycation for two decades, Carnosine was added to New Youth Skin Treatment System many years ago, which explains why wrinkles are reduced as well as some sagging with the use of New Youth Skin Care.
The Visia Computerized photo system is used to assess and prove the effectiveness of our New Youth Cosmeceuticals products compared with other products relating to wrinkles, age spots, pore size, and UV damage.
Glycation cannot be eliminated completely but can certainly be limited by eating healthy and using our skin care.
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