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Glycation and the foods to combat it

Glycation is a biochemical process when sugar molecules in your bloodstream attach to proteins, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These AGEs can damage collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of ageing.


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Think of it like how caramel forms when you heat sugar. These sticky sugar-protein combinations can mess up important stuff in your skin, like collagen and elastin, which keep your skin firm and elastic. When they get messed up, it can lead to wrinkles and sagging.


How can you combat this?


To combat glycation and keep your skin healthy, focus on a diet rich in antioxidants and nutrients that support skin health.


Berries like Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all abundant in antioxidants like vitamin C and polyphenols, which can help protect your skin from damage caused by glycation.


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Leafy greens like Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals promote skin health and protect against glycation damage.

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are excellent sources of antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins that support skin health and combat glycation.


Vegetables: Colorful vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, which can protect your skin from glycation damage and promote collagen production.



Green tea: Green tea contains catechins, powerful antioxidants that can help protect your skin from damage caused by glycation and other environmental factors.


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Spices: Certain spices like cinnamon and turmeric have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat glycation and support overall skin health. As per a study, ginger, cloves, marjoram, rosemary and tarragon were also shown to inhibit glycation.


Incorporating these foods into your diet can help protect your skin from glycation damage and keep it looking radiant and youthful.


Topically, you can supply your skin with these skin nutrients through our body balms








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