Essential Oils: What Are They? What Do They Do?

When a Supplement is called “Essential”   it means that the body does not produce it and, therefore, it has to be “supplemented” by other means—mostly by mouth.

There are several OILS (called fatty oils) that are important to your health. For one thing the brain is largely made up of these fatty oils. The “oil” known as Omega 3 is usually derived from cold water fish specifically mackerel, herring, halibut and salmon, or from Flaxseeds.( Many of you will remember being “forced” to take cod liver oils as kids). Omega 3 is a combination of EPA and DHA oils (the scientific names I will not bother you with). 

More and more strong evidence suggests that Omega 3 is one of the, most helpful supplements in your heart’s health  in the growth of cells, and in your immune and nervous system. Omega 3 comes in capsule form with a recommended dosage of 1000mg twice a day. Flaxseed oil has the added benefit of helping to maintain present cholesterol levels.

The Omega 6 oils come from Borage, Evening Primrose and Black Current oils. These are also essential and have successfully been used to combat  pain due to arthritis in its different forms. The base of Omega6 oils are grains and cereals. Omega 3 and 6 have been studied extensively and good results have been obtained using them to improve: age related mental impairment, Alzheimers, anticancer treatments, breast cancer, herpes, prostate cancer prevention and pain management, AND help maintain strong bones.

This is one of the most important supplements available. The various names are: DHA, EPA, OMEGA3, OMEGA 3,6,9.,FLAXSEED, AND GLA. Omega 3 oils should be accompanied by vitamin gamma E.

VITAMIN E is one of the most important antioxidants necessary to good health. . There are, however, various forms of this vitamin. The prefix “dl” states the vitamin is chemically produced, “d” is the natural form and is absorbed much more rapidly into your system.  Some research has found the synthetic Vit E is almost worthless. There are also the Alpha and Gamma forms. The considered best is Gamma Tocopherol a combination of both alpha+gamma tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Vitamin E works well with vitamin C and Selenium. It is a strong anti oxidant to fight free radicals in the body and helps maintains a healthy immune and prostate system. 

Several years ago at the Un of California Berkley researches discovered that old almost dying rats could be revived by using a form of the amino acid L- Carnitine ( used for heart health)  known as Acetyl L Carnitine (ALC). It was discovered that ALC slowed the breakdown of the animal’s cells – a real anti aging sign—and when the addition of a very strong anti- oxidant called Alpha Lipoic Acid( ALA) was added the rats remained  healthy. ALC is also widely known as a protector of brain cells.

ALA also promotes muscle energy, liver health, and revitalizes the underlying skin structure so it looks more radiant. ALA also has the ability to “recycle” the anti oxidants Vitamins C, E and Co Q -10 to help fight free radicals.

Skin

The skin is the largest organ in your body, comprising several layers of tissues. Skin protects against germs, provides insulation, temperature regulation, and sensation and helps synthesize Vitamin D (a hormone)from the sun. . Years of free radical damage can cause changes in the skin’s appearance. The final result of these age related changes is wrinkling, dryness, sagging, lost flexibility, dullness and poor healing.

The aging process in all areas of the body from brain to toes is a result of decreasing mitochondrial activity. These cells are the cellular power plants that produce energy. As we age this “power plant” slows down and in combination with the detrimental oxidative processes within our bodies causes aging. We cannot live with out oxygen but it also in the long run “burns” us up.

Cells called Fibroblasts produce the proteins named collengen and elastin which provide the underlying support for the layers of skin. As the mitochondrian in these cells dysfunctions they are no longer able to structure the skin and “olaha”,sagging, wrinkles and more. Sun,wind and dryness help the process along. So what can we do about it?

Start with the simple things:  WATER-- drink lots of it, take L Lysine and L Proline that is the least expensive and simplest formula. Then: (1) Use a sun screen rated for both UVA and UVB rays one without the other does not help; and put a cream lotion of Vitamin E on your face under it.

(2) As much as possible use a combination of Matrixyl 3000,ceramides,glycolicand hyaluronic acids, Co Q 10, green tea, promegranate and vitamins E and C used together both orally and topically. AND exercise your face. Yes , it’s a lot so let’s look at each one individually.

The sunscreens need to be qualified by the FDA as Category 1. They should contain Oxybenzone and Avobenzone along with Beta Glucan ( an oat derivative). Using this sunscreen along with daily application of Vitamin E and C skin creams is helpful. The screen should also have zinc or titanium oxide.

If you have dark age spots try Vitamins A, C ,biotin and bioflavonoids.

Matrixyl 3000 is a patented product the helps “lift” or plump up the skin layers. Thereby , minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and creases. Studies have shown that after 8 weeks of topical application the surface area occupied by deep wrinkles shrank by 45%. Skin tone improved by 20% during the same time frame.

Ceramides, found in good skin creams, are similar to those lipids that occur  in skin membranes. These ceramides or lipids maintain the protective functions of the skin’s outer layer.

Co Q 10 helps control “photoaging”. Photoaging produces negative changes in skin color, texture and health caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. CO Q 10 concentrations in skin decline significantly in older people .The loss of this agent is the probable  cause of the increases in skin diseases ( including cancer) and photoaging..A long tern study found a direct link between CO Q 10 levels and the progression of melanoma and its spread to other parts of the body.

Co Q 10 is widely used to counteract the decline in mitochondria energy that causes aging. Oral and topical use of this agent restores deficient levels in cells. It is best known as an anti oxidant for the heart.

 Idebenone or ubiquinol; a cousin of CO Q 10, is stronger and even better at conferring protective effects. It has been shown to produce clinically visible improvements in phototaged skin.

To avert many of the effects of ultra violet light topical applications of green tea, glycolic and hyaluronic acids promote skin texture and appearance. Green tea also enhances the cells’ responses to inflammation and chemicals that can cause tumor growth.