In recent years, anti-sugar pills, anti-sugar oral liquid, anti-sugar mask and other anti-sugar products have emerged, all of which claim to prevent skin aging. Many people have started the "anti-sugar diet" and even quit sugar altogether to fight sugar.
Can quitting sugar really fight sugar? Can anti-sugar products really be anti-aging? Today I'll talk to you about anti-sugar things.
The body's glycation reaction is slow
Glycation, called "non-enzymatic glycation", refers to the process in which reducing sugars (such as glucose) react slowly with proteins, lipids or nucleic acids to produce a series of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) without enzyme catalysis.
AGEs, the products of glycation, have an impact on our skin and body, resulting in skin that is more prone to wrinkles, loss of luster, dull yellow spots and other signs of aging.
In fact, when the concept of "glycation" was first discovered in food cooking and processing.
Typically, for example, in many foods commonly seen in the "Merad reaction", which is a reaction between reducing sugars (such as glucose) and amino compounds such as proteins at room temperature or when heated, will generate brown to brown-black substances, while producing a unique flavor. Many love to eat red meat, barbecue, bread, all thanks to it ......
In fact, the same AGEs substances are produced in food during cooking, and in much larger quantities than are produced in the human body.
Animal foods, as well as foods with a high fat content, tend to contain fairly high levels of AGEs, especially those cooked by charcoal grilling, barbecuing, stewing, frying, and dry-frying, which produce particularly high levels of AGEs.
However, the "Merad reaction" in food processing is obtained under high temperature conditions, but it is impossible to reach such a high temperature in our body, so the glycation reaction in the human body is slow, and the aging process also occurs slowly.
"Anti-sugar" and "sugar withdrawal" are not the same thing
When you look at the concept of "anti-sugar", many people take it for granted that "anti-sugar" means "quit sugar", "limit sugar", "reduce sugar", "control sugar", and that it means to eat less sugar.
In fact, this understanding is completely wrong.
Sugar in "sugar cessation", "sugar restriction", "sugar reduction" and "sugar control" mainly refers to monosaccharides and disaccharides in the diet, not carbohydrates, which usually include "added sugars" or "free sugars" as I often tell you.
"Added sugars" are monosaccharides or disaccharides that are artificially added to foods, such as sucrose, brown sugar, rock sugar, fructose, maltose, fructose syrup, etc. The scope of "free sugars" includes not only added sugars, but also sugars that are "naturally" present in food and are absorbed as quickly as added sugars, such as fruit juices and honey.
The sugar in the "anti-glycation" and "anti-sugar products" that are popular in the market is actually the product of the glycosylation reaction, AGEs, produced by the reaction of "glycosylation" in the human body.
In fact, quitting sugar does not have a direct effect on the glycosylation reaction in the body.
After analyzing the difference between sugar cessation and sugar resistance, I think we all have a clear picture. In fact, the concept of sugar cessation and the concept of anti-glycation are not the same at all.
In fact, even if we give up sugar, the body will still carry out the glycation reaction. Because the carbohydrates we eat, such as starch, will be converted into glucose after entering the body, and the glycation reaction in the body will still go on and on. This is an inevitable part of life.
As long as you are alive, the glycation reaction will not end and aging will continue to proceed slowly. This is a natural law, from the moment we are born, the human body has begun to slowly aging.
"Anti-sugar" products are not necessarily anti-aging
There are a variety of anti-glycation products on the market today, such as anti-glycation liquids, pills and tablets (for oral use) and anti-glycation masks (for external use), all of which say they can fight aging. But do these things really work?
It is true that "glycation reaction" may be one of the causes of skin aging. However, glycation is not the only cause of skin aging. In fact, glycation is not a major factor in aging and only accounts for a very small part of it.
The causes of skin aging are very numerous and complex, such as staying up late, sun damage, and aging, all of which can accompany skin aging.
Can the anti-sugar products on the market really help protect us from the glycation response?
In fact, there is no anti-glycation drug or health product that is actually approved by the NMPA, so we can put a question mark on the effectiveness of the products available.
The main ingredients of the currently available anti-glycemic pills are antioxidant substances, plant extracts, or collagen. These plant extracts and antioxidant substances can be easily obtained by eating more vegetables and fruits, so there is no need to spend so much money.
The actual skin ageing is moreover a good sunscreen
There are many factors that make skin aging, and they can usually be divided into two main categories according to categories.
➊ Exogenous aging: including ultraviolet rays, smoking, air pollution, trauma, etc., of which the heaviest proportion is "ultraviolet rays", which is the number one killer of the skin. Glycation only accounts for a very small portion.
➋ Natural aging: including genetic factors (aging genes in effect). This area varies greatly from person to person, and even people of the same age sometimes look very different.
What needs to be done more to slow down skin aging is actually these.
➊ Sun protection
The most important factor that causes skin aging is "UV rays". In order to prevent aging, you must usually pay attention to sun protection to avoid UV damage, you can take measures such as playing umbrella, wearing sunscreen clothing and sunglasses, as well as applying sunscreen to achieve the purpose of sun protection.
➋ Avoid air pollution and stay away from tobacco smoke
Smoke, exhaust fumes, industrial emissions and car exhaust can also accelerate skin aging, so you should try to stay away from such environments and use air purifiers at home. In addition, quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.
➌ Don't stay up late
Staying up late will aggravate skin damage, try not to stay up late working, staying up late playing games or staying up late brushing drama, regular rest and relaxation.
➍ Control the intake of added sugar and free sugar
Controlling added sugar and free sugar can effectively control weight, prevent obesity, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and also have incidental benefits for the prevention of aging. Now that the country is also calling for sugar reduction, reducing added sugar and free sugar intake is also something that should be done.