Vitamin E, Nutrient Levels in Accutane Patients, Astaxanthin, Antioxidants and Other Nutrients
Type in “vitamin e acne” into PubMed and the list of studies you’ll see will most likely involve isotretinoin (accutane) and how it reduces serum vitamin E levels.
You might also discover that vitamin E is not the only nutrient that is lower in those with acne. Even in those that have never taken the drug, the levels of vitamin E, vitamin A and zinc have been found to be significantly lower in those with acne than in those without acne. The more severe the acne, the less vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants the acne patients had.
This is significant for many reasons:
- It can mean that those with acne aren’t digesting their food as well and absorbing as much nutrients as those without acne. This is an indicator of increased intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut.
- The lower amount of nutrients in acne patients can also mean that those with acne are not ingesting as much vegetables, fruits, and whole foods filled with said nutrients as those without acne.
- A third explanation is that people with acne are under so much stress that their anti-oxidant to oxidation ratio is too low, leading to more oxidation, free radical damage and inflammation.
As mentioned in other posts, acne is an inflammatory condition and antioxidants help fight against inflammation. Getting in antioxidants is something that has to be done if we want to heal our bodies and our skin. The entire anti-aging movement is based around antioxidants.
We should all strive to get our antioxidant needs met through ample fruits and vegetables, but sometimes we need more than what they can provide. Given the amount of stress we’re under and the increased toxicity of the air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat, getting in some extra antioxidant power seems like a rational choice.
I don’t necessarily recommend supplementing with vitamin E, but I am not against supplementing with antioxidants.. If you are going to supplement with antioxidants, you might as well supplement with the best one.
The Best Antioxidant
After a lot of experimentation and research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best antioxidant for our health is astaxanthin, which is the red pigment found in plankton. It gives salmon and flamingos their deep red and pink colors. Astaxanthin is my No. 1 antioxidant because it trumps the others when compared to them.
When the levels of free radicals increase in our body as a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, increased toxicity, and from our own cellular metabolism, our cells age faster and die more quickly through oxidation. If you have ever cut open an apple and left it on the counter, you will quickly see the apple begin to turn brown. Oxidation causes the apple to turn brown. When iron rusts, it is undergoing oxidation. The same thing happens in your cells. Our bodies store antioxidants, but when we have chronic diseases or inflammatory conditions, such as acne, those stores get depleted quickly and the oxidative damage continues unchecked.
The popular antioxidants are vitamin C, green tea, zinc, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium and more. Most of these antioxidants only work by acting on either the hydrophilic (water-loving/water-soluble) outer layer of our cells or on the hydrophobic (water-hating/fat-soluble) inner layer of our cells. Free radicals can cause damage to both of these areas. Astaxanthin has been shown to work on both the outer and the inner layer of our cells to combat oxidative stress and inflammation. This is one reason why I recommend it.
Astaxanthin also creates bonds within the walls of our cells that hold them together resulting in greater integrity and elasticity. Compared to the other antioxidants, astaxanthin is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid. It’s also been shown to be extremely safe and effective in clinical trials. It blocks oxidative DNA damage, lowers C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation), raises HDL (good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, increases visual acuity, improved reproductive performance in men and reflux symptoms in H. pylori patients and shows great promise for sports recovery and enhancement.
Particular for skin health, astaxanthin has been shown to significantly improvement spots and freckles, acne and pimples, wrinkling of the skin, and dark rings around patient’s eyes. Taking an antioxidant supplement is something I highly recommend and astaxanthin seems to be the best option I know of right now.
What Brand Of Astaxanthin I Recommend
Designs for Health Astaxanthin
This product offers 6 mg of astaxanthin per softgel from AstaREAL®, a registered brand of astaxanthin where the carotenoid is extracted directly from microalgae using a solvent-free technology that ensures maximum control and purity and allows for optimal bioavailability and stability.
If you’d like to get this product, you can get it at the doctor’s supplement store by going to dssorders.com/myhealth. Use the “Registration Code “LR824” during signup. To save you money, I’ve created a discount code you can use when you check out. Type in “HCPC824WELCOME” during your first checkout you’ll save 10% off of your order.
I don’t recommend supplementing with vitamin E.
Antioxidants seem to be much more important when dealing with acne, so I recommend them more so than Vit. E.
Ultimately you should be getting in the antioxidants you need from ample fruit and vegetable consumption. I also like to use organic green powders in my morning shake for extra support. During the beginning phases of healing though, I do like to supplement with things such as astaxanthin to quickly replenish antioxidant stores.
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