A fountain of youth may be as close as the kitchen, new study findings suggest.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and unsaturated fats may ward off wrinkles by boosting the skin's natural defenses against sun damage.
In an international study of eating patterns and skin aging, investigators found that dark- and fair-skinned people who ate plenty of wholesome foods but passed on sugary confections were less prone to wrinkling. And the effect of diet was consistent from sun-drenched Australia to sun-deprived Sweden.
Some of the skin-smoothing foods included:
- green leafy vegetables
- olive oil
The researchers found that even when they factored in age and smoking -- which is linked to premature skin aging -- diet still played a role in wrinkling of sun-exposed skin.
Overall, people who ate more of the foods that are universally recommended for good health had smoother skin. The study authors speculate that certain foods offered skin protection due to their high levels of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. The skin, they note, is a "major target of oxidative stress."
Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil may offer protection through the same mechanism. Fatty acids are present in the skin, and monounsaturated fats resist oxidative damage, the team explains.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2001;20:71-80
No question that vegetables are your first step towards healthy skin. That is one of the reasons I started juicing a few years ago. I had a 70 year old patient who looked like she was in her 40s and she was a long time vegetable juicer.
I strongly recommend my version of the juicing program.
Retin A (see below) is also a very useful tool for skin aging.
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