Impact of Dietary Supplements on Skin Aging

  • U.L. Raj
  • G. Sharma
  • S. Dang
  • S. Gupta
  • R. Gabrani
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Skin, known to be the largest organ, consists of epidermis and dermis. Any physiological change associated with age is ultimately reflected by a person’s skin. Two major factors responsible for premature aging are intrinsic, i.e., involvement of genes, and extrinsic that covers exposure of skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays induce the oxidative stress and consequently cause the loss of cellular regulation. Dietary nutriments may help the body to fight against signs of early aging as antioxidants and by regulating keratinocytes proliferation and differentiation. Main ingredients of these dietary supplements include several vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, and probiotics. Vitamin A, C, D, and E assist in maintaining skin veracity. Zinc, copper, and selenium are the main minerals which are involved in sustenance of healthy skin. Phytochemicals consisting of flavonoids, terpenoids, and alkaloids with antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidative property may benefit the texture and physiological parameters of skin delaying its aging. Amino acids like arginine, proline, ornithine, and glutamine alone as well as in combination support the healthy being of skin. The probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus johnsonii and Lactobacillus plantarum commonly found in intestine aid in delaying aging by hydrating the skin as well as by showing protective effect on UV-exposed area. Though many clinical studies favor the role of dietary substances in prevention of early skin aging there is a need to cover the wider population and understand the various contributory factors.


Ellagic Acid Epidermolysis Bullosa Skin Aging Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Hydration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U.L. Raj
    • 1
  • G. Sharma
    • 1
  • S. Dang
    • 1
  • S. Gupta
    • 1
  • R. Gabrani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyJaypee Institute of Information TechnologyNoidaIndia

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