Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty Bazaar -

What are the strands of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als that will cast a youth­ful light upon your face? Li Ying Lim ex­plores the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of sup­ple­ments.


In the Korean spas in Seoul, women are busy queu­ing for their shots of youth. Yes, shots. Hooked up to a drip, vi­ta­min trans­fu­sions are the norm in this well-oiled bil­lion­dol­lar beauty in­dus­try. Glu­tathione IV drips, as well as vi­ta­min C in a sta­bilised form, are among the most re­quested treat­ments by these fair-faced beau­ties be­cause of its af­ford­able rate. In fact, Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties such as Ri­hanna reg­u­larly get their fix be­fore red car­pet events be­cause it is the fastest way to get the vi­ta­mins to work their magic.


A pre­vi­ously un­recog­nised nu­tri­ent, gamma-linolenic acid, is also gain­ing steam—now avail­able as oral sup­ple­ments. “GLA raises your me­tab­o­lism by stimulating brown fat (adi­pose tis­sue) to burn calo­ries for en­ergy, while con­ju­gated linoleic acid (CLA) tar­gets vis­ceral fat (found deep within the ab­dom­i­nal area) to burn belly fat while in­creas­ing lean mus­cle mass,” di­vulges Ann Louise Git­tle­man, New York Times best-sell­ing au­thor and cer­ti­fied nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist. “I rec­om­mend this pow­er­house duo for full body fat-burn­ing ben­e­fits.”


Ash­wa­gandha is the new buz­zword, thanks to its nat­u­ral heal­ing and detox­i­fy­ing prop­er­ties. An adap­to­gen that has been used for cen­turies in Ayurvedic medicine, it is now the star of nootrop­ics—“smart drugs that in­crease cog­ni­tion and fo­cus,” ex­plains Ja­son Wa­chob, founder and CEO of Mind­body­green and au­thor of Wellth. Ash­wa­gandha can be found in blend­able pow­der or tablet forms, and is great for re­bal­anc­ing the thy­roid and hor­mones, lead­ing to greater health and a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance. QUICK VI­TAL GUIDE Glu­tathione Great for re­ju­ve­nat­ing dull skin tone, glu­tathione is com­posed of build­ing blocks of pro­teins. Dr. Mark Hy­man calls it “the mother of an­tiox­i­dants”, seal­ing its rep­u­ta­tion as a true anti-ager. Beta-glu­can Found in rye, brewer’s yeast, bar­ley, shi­itake, and oats, be­taglu­can is highly rated for its abil­ity to fight bac­te­ria that are al­ready im­mune to an­tibi­otic treat­ments. Vi­ta­min B3 Niaci­namide, a form of vi­ta­min B3, is now be­lieved to de­lay the hands of time. Dr. Oz re­marks, “A nat­u­ral anti-in­flam­ma­tory, vi­ta­min B3 can keep your skin sup­ple and smooth.”


Ex­po­sure to sun­light may no longer be nec­es­sary, what with vi­ta­min D avail­able in IV trans­fu­sions and drink­able sun­screens. “To syn­the­sise vi­ta­min D ef­fi­ciently, ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes of sun ex­po­sure a day with­out sun­screen will do the trick,” ad­vises in­te­gra­tive health and food ther­apy spe­cial­ist Chris­tine Dionese. If not, “a few nat­u­ral fruit and seed oils are packed with UVB and U VA pro­tec­tants. Red rasp­berry seed oil con­fers an SPF of 28 to 50 against UVB and SPF 8 against UVA rays; car­rot oil con­tains be­tween 38 to 40 SPF.” Al­though, “since vi­ta­min D is fat sol­u­ble, it can be toxic at high doses,” warns Rhonda Pa­trick, a PhD in biomedical science.


Hec­tic sched­ules can cause more than mere stress, and load­ing up on mag­ne­sium will help our brains process these hur­dles. “Our body uses up our sup­ply of mag­ne­sium while it deals with men­tal and phys­i­cal stress,” Git­tle­man says. “We’re us­ing up this adap­to­genic min­eral faster than we can take it in, and we should be tak­ing in 500 to 1,000mg per day. Mag­ne­sium de­fi­ciency symp­toms in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, blood clots, leg cramps, mi­graines, anx­i­ety, depression, chronic fa­tigue, and in­som­nia.” Sup­ple­ments should in­clude mag­ne­sium oro­tate to en­hance ath­letic per­for­mance, and mag­ne­sium gly­ci­nate to still the mind.

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