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How To Prevent Age Spots

Just because you are ageing does not mean that age spots (often called liver spots) are inevitable.

The brown pigment, which is an oxidised mass of unsaturated oils and iron is also responsible for the formation of cataracts, hardening of the arteries and the deteriorating function of the brain, heart and other organs.

Did you know that preventing age spots could be as simple as making dietary changes? Let’s look at ways to prevent them.

#1. Eliminate Unhealthy Fats From Your Diet

If you haven’t already eliminated margarine, nut oils, seed oils and vegetable oils from your diet, the time to do it is right now. Your best choices are coconut oil, animal fats and butter.

In moderation, a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil is ok, but you should not heat it as this makes it susceptible to oxidation, which will form damaging free radicals in the body.

#2. Balance Your Hormones To Prevent Age Spots

Excess estrogen can contribute to an increase in the number of age spots on your body. Excessive estrogen also increases iron absorption, which can create other problems. Protein deficiency, hormones like birth control pills along with poor liver detoxification can all result in an increase in estrogen levels.


#3. Remove Excessive Iron From Your Diet

Are you eating too much iron?

Most multivitamins are fortified with iron, as are many processed foods and synthetic supplements. Grain products are also commonly iron-fortified.

But if your iron stores become too high they can cause age spots.

One way to remove excessive iron is to drink coffee within one hour of eating a meal – yes you read right! Drinking coffee can reduce the amount of iron absorbed by your small intestine.

#4. Antioxidants Protect Against Free Radicals

When you have free radicals wreaking havoc in your body they can lead to the formation of brown pigment that causes age spots.

Antioxidants will neutralise any free radicals so increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet will help to strengthen the fight against free radicals. Vegetables, ripe fruit, and other real foods can be great sources of antioxidants, as well as d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E) capsules taken daily.

#5. Eat More Copper-Rich Foods

If you are low in copper, you are more likely to store additional iron in your body. Counter this by eating foods that are rich in copper.

Liver, dark chocolate and shellfish, especially shrimp and oyster are all high in copper.