Vitamin A helps you as you age in several ways. Importantly, it's an antioxidant that helps neutralize the damaging effects of oxidation caused by free radicals. Oxidation caused by free radicals is believed to be a primary cause of age-related degeneration and disease.
Topical solutions with vitamin A (such as retinol creams) have been shown to reduce signs of sun damage and skin aging by working as an exfoliator and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A intake can also help with circles under the eyes, much as vitamin K does.
Vitamin A -- in proper amounts -- is important for your overall bone health, helping to offset the effects of osteoporosis as you get older. However, there is a danger for seniors of taking too much vitamin A, which can lead to osteoporosis and bone brittleness. Talk to your doctor about the best way for you to obtain the amount of vitamin A you need.
While vitamins aren't going to stop you from aging, the right ones can help slow the process down, keep you healthy late into life, and keep you looking younger than your years.
For lots more information on anti-aging vitamins, see the next page.
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