The medical community still debates over the best way to treat cellulite, a condition in which fat cells underneath the skin press up against weakened connective tissue, producing an "orange-peel" texture. Even as the makers of supplements marketed as cellulite remedies claim their products offer a solution, no definitive research supports the effectiveness of any single pill currently on the market. The best way to manage cellulite may involve a healthy diet that includes foods and supplements proven to support your skin's connective tissue.
Multivitamins and Minerals
Marcelle Pick, co-founder of the Women to Women Clinic in Maine, links cellulite formation to poor blood and lymph circulation. In addition to regular exercise, reducing stress and maintaining a healthy diet, Pick recommends that you take a high-quality supplement featuring vitamin C among other essential vitamins and minerals. "Like a growing plant, your skin is constantly breaking down and rebuilding itself: to thrive it needs air, water, nutrients and balance," Pick says. "This will ensure your skin has all the building materials it needs."
Antioxidants and Herbs
In "Healing Without Medication," Robert S. Rister writes that cellulite "is the result of displaced fluid rather than accumulated fat." While he advocates reducing caloric intake, losing weight and exercise, he also suggests that you incorporate supplemental vitamin C and E in your diet along with rutin. The combination of these three nutrients "helps blood vessels contain fluids, increases the amount of blood that can flow through them and helps break down fibers that interfere with circulation," he writes. Rister also says the herb gotu kola helps the body produce collagen, the raw material for the connective tissues, and increases the oxygen supply delivered through the capillaries.
Howard Murad, a dermatologist and UCLA associate clinical professor of medicine, says that the solution to cellulite isn't just about removing excess fat and water from your body. While he advocates diet and exercise, he says the key to resolving cellulite is to provide nutrition for your body's cells and connective tissue. In "The Cellulite Solution," he recommends a multi-nutrient regimen designed to strengthen blood vessels, increase blood flow and encourage the production of connective tissue. In addition to a regimen of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, Murad's supplement solution features amino acids, glucosamine, lecithin and essential fatty acids.