What supplements should I take for beautiful skin?

I so wish there was a  nutritional supplement  I could take that would make my skin smooth, soft and radiant.   But the links between beautiful  skin and nutrition are more complex than that.  The NHANES study looked at the relationship between health and diet and found that people whose diets were higher in vitamin C, fiber,  protein and linoleic acid  looked  younger and had fewer wrinkles.  But these benefits  were only there  when  the nutrients were from actual food– not where people took supplements.   I know first hand  how hard it is to find healthy food in a world dominated by burgers, tacos, pizza and take-out chinese food.  At lunchtime, I’ve walked for blocks with a rumbling tummy  trying to find a quick bite that wouldn’t shorten my lifespan.   A multi-vitamin supplement can cover  my dietary shortfalls  but won’t really give me the  … Continue Reading…

The Big Red Beauty Food

The NHANES study  found that women who had diets high in vitamin C  had  fewer lines and wrinkles.  Good to know, but  what  does that mean  in terms of real food?   I started to look into vitamin C rich foods, and discovered that tomatoes  offered a great nutritional package.  In the US, over half of our daily vitamin C intake is from tomatoes.  In addition to being essential for the formation of wrinkle- busting  collagen, vitamin C is also a  uber anti-oxidant that  protects against aging free radicals.  And the benefits don’t stop there. From the  tiny cherry tomatoes to the giant beefsteak, tomatoes are packed with potassium, beta carotene and disease protecting lutein and lycopene.  Even the skin of a tomato is  super rich in quercetin, a much studied anti-aging anti-oxidant.   And what’s really awsome, every … Continue Reading…

Another Vitamin for Beauty

The NHANES study looked at the diets of 32,000Americans and compared   the data to a wide range of health issues.  When it came to aging and wrinkles, the NHANES found that people who had diets high in vitamin C and linoleic acid had smooth skin and fewer wrinkles. Awesome!

Vitamin A is a fat-soluable which means that  its easily stored in the body.  Vitamin A is measured in  Retinol units (RE) and adults over  age 19 need between 800-1000 RE units/day.   This  vitamin   is available in  fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and  meat. For example,  a pretty small carrot has  about 1100 RE of vitamin A.  In Western countries, vitamin A deficiency is  almost non-existant. In fact, its much more common to see overdoses of vitamin A.  Taking … Continue Reading…