We know that diet affects your erectile strength, your arteries, your testosterone, but what about your appearance? Can you prevent or accelerate wrinkling based on how you eat? The answer is a definitive "yes" based on many studies. The results of this research, somtimes referred to as the Monash Study, are basically this simple: anything in the Mediterranean Diet is good for the skin and anything outside of the Mediterranean Diet is bad for the skin. The only items a little on the fringes of the Mediterranean Diet were eggs, and, as I mention below, researchers have since found that the Lutein and Zeaxantin (found in eggs and spinach) are extremely skin protective.
I was shocked at how much of a difference eating right made on my skin. In my case, I literally saw years melt off of my appearance and cannot encourage you enought to give it a try. In fact, what was remarkable to me is that did not just slow aging, but it actually healed my skin and I saw a decrease in wrinkles. Of course, that doesn't last forever: I'm not saying you're going to look like you just went through puberty. But try it: you'll be shocked at the results.
Below I give you some of the major foods to eat and/or avoid in order to do the same and we'll look at a few supplements as well:
Simply by eating a diet filled with antioxidants, my skin has improved dramatically. I eat/drink spinach, one egg yolk, blueberries, red wine, brocolli, olive oil, green tea, black tea and carrots nearly every day and all have strong antioxidants that make their way to the epidermal tissues. In addition, a Low Fat, Low Glycemic Diet (such as the Ornish Diet) minimizes oxidative damage as well.
1) "Clinical Evidence for Lutein and Zeaxanthin in Skin Health, Part 1: Comparison of Placebo, Oral, Topical and Combined Oral/Topical Xanthophyll Treatments," was conducted in Italy on female subjects, ages 25 to 50, over a 12-week period. The test product utilized in the study contained FloraGLO Lutein, manufactured by Kemin Health, L.C. It was administered daily at 10 mg (oral supplementation) and 50 ppm (topical formulation) to subjects in the study's different test groups.
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