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How to Naturally Prevent, Lessen and Eliminate Age Spots

by Luella May

(The Best Years in Life) Age Spots are flat brownish discolorations found on skin throughout the body. They usually occurs in people over the age of 40 and are thought to be the result of free radical damage in skin cells. They were once considered harmless, but current thought is that they betray free radical damage 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. Though age spots are often called liver spots, they normally have little to do with the liver. Excessive sunlight over a period of many years is the primary 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 apricots, avocados, bananas, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, and cantaloupe and other melons, to name just a few.

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.

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The following supplements will help in treating and reversing age spots:

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E (internally and topically)

  • Zinc (Note: 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.

See also:

Use Nature to Safely and Effectively Lessen and Eliminate Old Scars

How to Naturally Prevent, Lessen and Eliminate Wrinkles

Natural Fruits, Foods and Remedies Give Smoother, Younger Skin

Bring Out That Inner Glow in Your Skin 

 

About the author:

Luella May is a natural health advocate and author helping people to heal naturally.  Her articles appear in several online venues, including Natural News, AlignLife and CureZone.  Luella is in the midst of editing her eBook, "The 8 Invisible Stains of Our Souls" which will be available in the next few months. She partners with Tony Isaacs, who authors books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy". Luella a partner and contributor of The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Luella co-moderates the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and hosts her own yahoo group focusing on the natural wellbeing of pets.  You can listen to Luella and her partner Tony Isaacs every Wednesday evening on The Best Years in Life Radio Show.

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