Age spots or most commonly known as liver spots are flat brown spots that can appear anywhere in the body as it ages. Most spots appear on the face, neck and hands. These brown spots in themselves are generally harmless but they could be a sign of more serious underlying problems. These can be a result of buildup of wastes known as lipofuscin accumulation which is a byproduct of free radicals damage in skin cells. These spots are in fact signs that cells are full of the type of accumulated wastes that slowly destroy the body’s cells, including the liver and brain cells. In short, they are surface signs of free radical intoxication of the body that may affect many internal structures as well, including the retina and heart muscle.
There are many factors that may lead to the formation of age spots that can include:
- poor diets
- lack of exercise
- Poor liver function
- The ingestion of oxidized oils over a period of time
- Excessive skin exposure
- Alcohol use
Exposure to the sun can cause the development of free radicals that may damage our skin. Most people that have a significant quantity of age spots live in sunny regions or have had an excessive amount of sun exposure. Consuming alcohol can strongly increase the formation of lipofuscin and can cause a deficiency in a number of important nutrients, including vitamin E, chromium, selenium and glutathione.
Certain herbs can help and aid in prevention and treatment such as:
- Ginkgo biloba which improves circulation and is a potential antioxidant.
- Green tea, ginseng, and licorice.
- Burdock, milk thistle, and red clover cleanses the blood stream
Do not use cleansing creams, especially hydrogenated, hardened creams to remove the spot but try using extra virgin olive oil with a warm wet cloth then rinse with lemon juice and water. Eat a diet high in vegetable protein and that is consistent with 50% raw fruits and vegetables. Also include in your diet plenty of fresh grains, cereals, seeds and nuts. And avoid caffeine, fried foods, red meat, processed foods, tobacco and refined sugars.