Found this which is super helpful: http://www.health911.com/liver-spots
This is SOOOOO possibly a big factor for me. I've done so much detoxification b/c of my diet in the past couple of years (just naturally--not doing any specific 'detox diets' etc) *and* I definitely have been working to open detoxification pathways w/ certain nutrients (to get the shit OUT, which has been a problem for me.) I eat awesome (primal) foods, BUT I also am working on absorbing my nutrients as best as possible--which is an issue for me.As we age our metabolism changes and the liver may become so overwhelmed with toxins that it cannot rid the body of them. Oxidation within the body and the lack of antioxidants also plays an important role in this process. Age spots are one of the results.
This seems like a good place to start/focus for me:
I've very recently started supping w/ individual vites/minerals (instead of a multi) using highly absorbable forms of the nutrients and/or with food. I actually considered getting a C/E/selenium blend, but didn't (was planning to use acerola cherry powder for the vit C, a supp for the E, and brazil nuts for the selenium) but maybe I *will* get it, or single (highly absorbable) supps of all of them, esp if I'm dealing w/ deficiencies in these things. (I've got optizinc and a mixed tocopherol vit E coming from iherb already, so that's a plus...)Supplements
Beta-carotene Take beta-carotene, an antioxidant that slows the aging process.
Bioflavonoids Working with vitamin C, bioflavonoids assist in tissue repair.
Potassium A deficiency in potassium may be one of the causes of liver spots. Eat potassium-rich foods or take a supplement.
Selenium You may have a selenium deficiency. If your daily vitamins don't have selenium, take a selenium supplement for a few months. In many areas of the country the selenium content of the soils has been depleted so that we don't get enough in our regular diet.
Vitamin C An antioxidant, vitamin C helps tissue repair.
Vitamin E Take 1 vitamin E capsule (400 I.U.) daily; at night puncture another capsule and rub the oil on the spots and leave it on overnight. You may use castor oil at night instead. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that slows aging and aids in tissue repair.
Zinc Another mineral supplement to take is zinc. Take 15 mg a day for one to two months. Don't take more than 15 mg without a doctor's supervision, as it may hinder the body's absorption of other minerals, especially copper.
Hmmmm...I wonder if this could be related to taking higher doses of fish oil supps as well?? (I average 1-4 g a day using NOW's DHA 500...)Oxidation within the body and the lack of antioxidants also plays an important role in this process.
Again, if anyone has other ideas or recommendations please share!