In the constant battle to fight the signs of aging, free radicals are a major component in the damage done to our cells and in turn, our appearance.
What is a free radical?
A free radical is an unstable atom or molecule with a single unpaired electron in its outer shell. Electrons aim to exist in pairs, just like people.
By seeking out their molecular soul mate, they cause damage to healthy molecules when they steal electrons. In turn, they change the healthy molecule into a free radical, and the chain reaction that ensues ignites a vicious
How does this affect the appearance of aging?
While free radicals are known to cause many symptoms of aging, including cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease, when they attack fat and protein molecules, it can create wrinkles.
How can you slow down this cycle?
Adjusting your diet to include Antioxidants is a good start. Antioxidants restrict the damage done by free radicals by donating electrons, which neutralize the radical without forming another. Try adding the following foods rich in antioxidants:
- Berries- Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- Green Tea
While adding antioxidants to your diet is a start, there’s more you can do especially when concerned with the appearance of wrinkles. Dimethylaminoethanol, or DMAE, functions as an antioxidant membrane stabilizer. Not only does DMAE stabilize the protective antioxidants, it works to provide some protection from free radicals to healthy molecules. DMAEs’ unique structure allows it to assimilate itself into the cell plasma membrane, strengthening the cell against free radical damage. DMAE also stimulates production of arachidonic acid and other proinflammatory mediators to stabilize the cell membrane by preventing their destruction.
DMAE provides additional anti-aging by assisting in the production of acetylcholine, a chemical responsible for creating muscle toning beneath the skin. DMAE assists in converting the B Vitamin choline into acetylcholine, by restricting metabolism of choline in peripheral tissue. Because of this, free choline will accumulate, eventually converting into acetylcholine.
Where can I get DMAE?
DMAE can be taken orally with supplements, or applied topically to assist in the reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Dr. Perricone includes DMAE in the Omega-3 supplements as well as dozens of topical products including the Nurtitive Cleanser, Glycolic Cleansing Bars, Lip Plumper, Serum Prep, and High Potency Eye Lift.