How do vitamins C and E work together to prevent aging?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Vitamin C and vitamin E complement one another. Vitamin C is water-soluble, whereas vitamin E is fat-soluble. What does that mean? Your cells are made up of two components: the cell membrane and the cell interior. The cell membrane, the outer casing of the cell, consists of lipids, or fats. It is the cell membrane that has the buildup of lipofuscins, those brown spots. Because vitamin E dissolves in fat, it helps prevent oxidant-induced aging in the membrane. In contrast, the inside of the cell consists mostly of water. Because vitamin C dissolves in water, it can enter the center of the cell and collect the free-radical oxidants lurking there. Together, these two vitamins keep oxidants from damaging your cells both inside and out.

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