Question: My neighbor has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal a cut. How crazy is that?
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.
Plump, round and orange pumpkin are virtually synonymous with fall. Carved into gouls for Halloween or baked into pies for Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a staple when leaves turn red and gold.
No question that pumpkins are adorable, but are they healthy? Short answer, yes. Pumpkins are packed with beta carotene and vitamin A. Even better, 4 oz of roasted pumpkin clocks in at less than 40 calories. By comparison, the same size portion of roast potatoes add up to tktk. Pumpkin also has respectable amounts of vitamin C. Despite its stringy texture , it is not a good source of fiber.
Adding Pumpkin to Your Menus
When selecting pumpkins for eating, rather than carving look for small, firm and deeply orange pumpkins. WHen making pies, most people use canned pumpkin puree. Its good, but fresh, young pumpkin is absolutely delicious. Here … Continue Reading… →
I first “met” skin and heath care expert Dr Gayelord Hauser in a dusty junk shop where I picked up a copy of his 1951 best seller, Treasury of Secrets. His clear writing and positive attitude was addicting and I trolled old bookstores to find his other out of print books. ( This was before Amazon, way before).
Dashingly handsome, Dr Hauser was a European nutritionist who promoted the idea of “living foods”– unprocessed fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and even meat. He was certainly not the first natural health guru. There have been self-styled diet experts who recommended a wide range of supplements, magic foods, and exercise programs and equipment. But Hauser was the first who made the link between a … Continue Reading… →
Kale is the “it” food of the year– and for good reason. A single one cup serving of kale has just 36 calories yet delivers a payload of 5 grams of fiber, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, 45 different antioxidants and 10x the RDA of vitamin K. I think that kale can legitimately call itself the ‘beauty green ‘ since it offers so much fiber and vitamin C, the two nutrients linked to lower levels of wrinkles in the landmark NHANES study.
But wait there is more. Kale, a cruciferous veggie like cauliflower and broccoli, also contains sulfur compounds that are linked to reduced risk of lung, breast, colon, bladder and prostate cancer. There is even some evidence that these sulfur componds, called glucosinolates, inhibit the spread of cancer cells. For example one study showed that non-smokers who ate cruciferous … Continue Reading… →
Last week I received a simple question that did not have a simple answer– what is the most important vitamin for my skin, the true beauty vitamin? Just about every nutrient has been promoted for skin health, but three keep making the list:
1. Vitamin E-
Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Studies have shown that it can block free radicals and ( in theory) reverse signs of aging. There are also suggetions that vitamin E can reduce scar formation. But sad to say the impact and benefit of vitamin E has been somewhat oversold. Vitamin E creams and cleansers have been shown to actually provoke breakouts in oily or acne prone skin. And as for help in scar reduction, numerous researchers report it just doesn’t happen. In fact one study showed … Continue Reading… →
Question: My friend from Holland says that marijuana is great for the skin. Is that true? How does it work?
Answer: You had me at marijuana. While its true that marijuana ( which is legal in Holland) contains effective antioxidants in the form of cannabinoids, that is not the whole story…..
Smoking marijuana is like smoking traditional tobacco and has the same harmful impact on the heart, lungs and skin. Some experts even say that it is more dangerous since it is drawn deeper into the longs and held in the airways for greater impact. Smoke is smoke whether it is more a barbeque grill, tobacco cigarette or a hand rolled joint. All forms of smoke contain carcinogens that raise the risk of many forms of cancer, especaially breast and lung cancer.
It woud be hard to invent a healthier food than the humble bean. Oounce for ounce beans are 22% protein, more than any other plant food. Cholesterol free, salt free, gluten free and high in fiber, beans also deliver an impressive payload of B vitamins, zinc and potassium. But wait there’s more. Beans have almost as much calcium as skin milk.This profile– high in protein and fiber and low in fat –is exactly what researchers found when they looked at the links between diet and skin aging. And while prime beef is now $10-20/pound, one pound of dried beans is less than $2– which works out to less than 30 cents per serving. Seriously. .
Beans From Around the World
Beans are one of the oldest cultivated foods. They have been found in Egyptian tombs and are metioned in … Continue Reading… →