Firstly, you can limit glycation by keeping an eye on your diet. Avoid over-cooked foods (think 'fry ups', grilled or caramelised dishes), as these methods create up to 10 times more advanced glycation end products (AGE's) than boiling or steaming. Glycation is also accelerated by the consumption of high glycemic index foods like sucrose, sweet pastries, refined cereals and flours, cakes, jams, potatoes, etc.
The good news is that there a lots of anti-glycation active ingredients available –
• Carnosine is a great anti-ageing tool that acts a decoy. Rather than sticking to collagen or elastin fibres, sugars will cling to carnosine, which is then naturally expelled by the body.
• Aminoguanidine lowers blood sugar levels and increases insulin sensitivity. It helps glycation-causing sugars to stick to insulin rather than proteins, in order to prevent their destruction.
• Vitamine B1 accelerates cellular processes, meaning sugars don't have the time to stick to fibres. You'll find vitamin B1 in red meat, bread, cereals and rice.
So a big thumbs up to these dermis-saving active ingredients that keep our skin supple and elastic. Simple, effective ways to protect our skin and keep our youthful looks!