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Top 5 Anti-aging Vitamins

        Health | Diet & Aging

Vitamin K
Lack of sleep may not be entirely responsible for those tired-looking eyes.
Lack of sleep may not be entirely responsible for those tired-looking eyes.

As you get older, dark circles may start appearing under your eyes. While they make you look tired or older than you are, these dark circles are caused by a number of factors, not just age or lack of sleep. Heredity, hormones and allergies may also be the cause (and your doctor can help you determine which).

Vitamin K helps with one common cause: the leaking of capillaries around the eyes, which results in the pooling and clotting of blood. Researchers believe that vitamin K aids in the constriction of capillaries, breaking up the tiny blood clots that form the circles. Vitamin K likely won't be a cure-all for under-eye circles, but getting your fair share of this vitamin should be part of your treatment plan.

Your body produces small amounts of vitamin K on its own, but you can use more than your body can provide. Vitamin K can be consumed as a supplement, as part of a multi-vitamin, in the form of topical creams or (ideally) through your diet. Kale, lettuce, spinach and broccoli are all excellent sources of vitamin K, as are non-hydrogenated vegetable oils.

As we age, our bones begin to lose structural strength, due to reduced levels of ossification (an ongoing process through which bone replaces itself). Vitamin K has been shown to help aging seniors maintain bone strength.

The next vitamin we'll discuss helps fight the effects of aging both inwardly and outwardly.