''Dr Martin Godfrey explains how effectively using nutraceuticals can improve aesthetic treatments and wound healing.
Medical practitioners of all specialties have long understood the importance of good nutrition in determining optimal treatment outcomes. Ensuring patients receive a healthy balance of protein and carbohydrates in particular, together with boosting levels of vitamins and minerals if needed, has been widely suggested to be almost as important as the treatments themselves. This is particularly the case for skin health and wound healing1 – two central issues in the practice of aesthetics[...]
Collagen levels and the presence of free radicals in the skin are critical factors in determining skin health. For the skin to function normally and appear young the structure of the dermal layer must be maintained, as the dermis, which provides structural support to the epidermis, carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning.2
The dermis is home to fibroblasts, which generate the collagen as well as elastin and hyaluronic acid. Natural ageing, usually accelerated by the presence of free radicals, will affect this structural integrity, plus sun-exposed areas of the body will develop signs of photoageing – the result of the breakdown of collagen fibres.2 It is estimated that we lose about 1.5% of our collagen from our skin every year as we age.3
Both these types of ageing can be exacerbated by unbalanced diets, for example, containing too much sugar, and/or poor diets, which lack essential nutrients such as essential fatty acids.4 High sugar levels lead to the development of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), due to a chemical reaction between glucose and the free amino groups in proteins. AGEs remain in the skin and other tissues because they cannot be degraded normally by enzymes. These affect the fibroblasts in the dermis, causing a reduction in the amount and quality of elastin and type I collagen fibre production[...]Click here to read full article in Aesthetics .