My aunt and uncle were true believers. Every morning they would open a tackle box filled with rainbow colored pills and capsules. They took so many supplements that their holistic physician urged them to cut back. They ignored him and were healthy and active until their late 80’s. Even as she reached 90, my aunt looked lovely with a thick hair and bright blue eyes.
Watching them dip and swoop about their box of pills turned me off vitamin supplements, but I couldn’t argue with success– so I hedged my nutritional bet with a daily multi-vitamin. I was careful to choose supplements that stayed within recommended limits. Smugly I felt I had gamed the odds. I covered my basic nutritional needs, but I didn’t risk excessive levels. My … Continue Reading… →
Recognition of the impact of biotin on nails led me to think about other ways nutrition can affect skin health. There are of course dozens of food based beauty claims, like salmon, berries and olive oil hold the key to beautiful skin. Are there any respected peer-reviewed studies that show what if any foods can affect how your skin ages?
The short answer is yes. And the most impressive data comes from the iconic National Helath and Education study (NHANES). This massive ( 32,000 adults) nationwide study examined food intakes and evaluated them in terms of many health problems like heart disease, cancer, and blood pressure, and fortuneately for us, skin aging.
NHANES looked at three key signs of aging — wrinkles, dryness, and saging. Their conclusions sent me running to the … Continue Reading… →