Question: I have sensitive skin. This holiday, a friend gave me some products with cornflower, saying it was helpful for my skin problems. I am so touched by her gift, but I am frankly scared to try anything new. Should I go ahead and use them?
Answer: While I don’t know which products were in your gift basket, I can tell you there is good science behind cornflower skin care benefits. A common wildflower in Europe, cornflower is known to have strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. These blue beauties are packed with Vitamin C, biotin, folic acid and mineral salts. But wait, there’s more. Cornflowers contain anthrocyanins and flavinoids, two super powerful antioxidants.
Cornflower teas and extracts have been used successfully to care for skin ulcers, nail infections, eczema and dandruff. It is especially gentle around the … Continue Reading… →
This past winter my nails became very soft and started to peel and break. They were so fragile that there was nothing to file. I started to take biotin and within a few weeks my nails did a big turn around. They became hard and strong and I no longer looked like I bit my nails down to the nub. ( Not a confident look). It wasn’t that I wanted to sport a set of talons, but the fingertips would become painful as the weak nails tore off below the tip.
I stopped taking biotin out of sheer laziness and all was fine until last month when I saw the tell tales signs appear again.First the tip of the nail would start to flake off. Then they became so soft and … Continue Reading… →
In recent days it has been hard to pick up a newspaper or read online headlines without another troubling story about deadly food poisoning in Europe. Each day the experts identify another possible culprit. One day its killer cucumbers. The next day fingers were pointed at tomatoes. For a few days, they were sure it was bean sprouts. Now conventional wisdom is pointing at salads in general and some officials in Europe are recommending to stay away from tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. That’s not good news. Fresh fruits and vegetables are just what studies like the NHANES have shown to be linked to younger skin and fewer wrinkles.
But the current outbreak is troubling for two key reasons–1) Its caused by a genetic recombination of two different types of … Continue Reading… →
March is National Nutrition Month and I have vowed to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Its the minimum that most dietary guidelines recommend and I can certainly see why. Fruits and veggies are the source for anti-oxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and then there is their all important fiber content. I was then stunned to read new study which found that vegetarians had more wrinkles than peple who ate everything. ???
How could that be? The NHANES study showed that higher vitamin C levels and lower fat intake was associated with firmer, younger looking skin. Vegetarians usually eat lots of nuts which are rich in linoleic acid and linoleic acid was also a key factor in fewer wrinkles. Drilling deeper into the topic, … Continue Reading… →
During the fall my once boringly normal nails became soft and peeled off. At first it was just an annoying cosmetic problem — but then the peeling problem took my nails below the fingertip. It didn’t look good and felt worse
Surfing the web for solutions, I read that biotin, a form of B vitamin, had been linked to soft peeling nails and biotin supplements could help. if, But and its a big but, biotin deficiencies are considered very, very rare. Best sources of biotin are commonly found foods includinng eggs, fish, beans, yeast and potatoes. Here was my first clue.
After the BP oil spill in May, I decided to stay away from fish. In June the wide spread Salmonella outbreak in eggs, had me crossing off eggs from my shopping list. Add to that that I don’t like beans, avoid carb rich potatoes and who actually eats yeast … Continue Reading… →
Biotin is a type of vitamin ( actually vitamin B7) that is found in many different foods including liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, and yeast. Eggs, soy flour, and nuts are especially high in biotin.
True biotin deficiencies are very rare, occuring in people with epilepsy, smokers, burn victims, and elite athletes. ( no, no, no and definately not me). However diabetics may have an increased need for biotin– and I do have type 2 diabetes.
However biotin is not easily absorbed and even if the daily intake is adequate, your body may not be getting what it needs. Neither the US nor Canada have issued nutritional guidelines for biotin. Accordingly they have estimated daily requirements at 30-100 micrograms.
I’ve never had any problem with my nails– until now that is. In the past six weeks my nails have gone from strong and shiny to soft and brittle. I’ve tried two different nail hardeners with no luck. Doing a little online research, I learned that low levels of Biotin are linked to broken nails. This is not a rumour or an urban nutrition myth, but a link backed up by well designed peer reviewed studies.
Best sources of Biotin are eggs, soy beans and nuts. Ah a clue! I try to avoid soy products, limit nuts ( calories) and since the summer salmonella outbreak, avoided all eggs. Since my nail problems started six weeks ago and it takes several months for nutritional deficiencies to show, the … Continue Reading… →