(Health Secrets) Age spots are flat brownish discolorations found on skin throughout the body. They usually occurs in people over the age of 40 and were once thought to be harmless. Current thought is that they betray free radical damage and the build up of toxins inside the body. Age spots take years to develop and are not likely to go away overnight. However, with time and consistent effort they often can be treated naturally.
Age spots are often called liver spots because the build up of toxins congests the liver and causes toxins to escape through the skin. Excessive sunlight over a period of many years is another cause of age spots. Nutritional deficiencies may also lead to age spots.
Since excessive sunlight is a major reason for the development of age spots, it is important to limit sun exposure to healthy amounts. This does not mean avoiding the sun, as sunlight is essential for production of natural vitamin D, an absolutely essential hormone for optimum health. A good rule of thumb is to move to shaded areas, put on a cover-up, or go indoors once the skin shows signs of pinkness.
Diet should consist of as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible, and make sure to drink plenty of water to keep the system cleansed. Processed foods, fried foods, junk foods, fast foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners and tobacco should be avoided.
Perhaps the most common nutritional deficiency that can lead to age spots is a deficiency in potassium. There are a great number of potassium rich foods, including potatoes, apricots, avocados, bananas, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, and cantaloupe and other melons.
A selenium deficiency can be another cause of age spots. Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in protecting cells from free radicals and women from breast cancer.
Treat and reverse age spots
Supplements that are essential are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E (internally and topically)
- Zinc (do not take more than 15 mg of zinc daily over a long period of time, as it can interfere with proper absorption of copper)
The following home remedies have also shown to be effective in the removal or reduction of age spots:
*Rub fresh aloe vera juice on the spots twice daily for two months.
*Rub castor oil on the spots every morning and evening.
*Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of orange juice. Apply on a cotton pad and bandage it to the area.
*Eat four fresh bilberries daily, or take 80 to 160 mg of bilberry extract.
*Apply organic buttermilk to the spots. The lactic acid in buttermilk helps to restore the skin.
*Every evening mash about 1/3 cup of chickpeas and make a paste by adding a little water. Leave it on until it completely dries, and then wash it off.
*Break the stem off a dandelion and rub the sap on the spots two to three times a day.
*The Chinese herb, gotu kola, is said to clear up age spots, sometimes in only a few days. Add 1/8 teaspoon of the powdered herb to herbal tea, or you can just add it to hot water, mixing it with 1/8 teaspoon of ginseng and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
*Apply fresh lemon juice to the spots twice daily.
Note: Skin discolorations that increase in size or become irregular should be checked by a physician