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  • Top 4 Foods for Thicker, Shinier Hair - ABC News, 4/29/14 - "Yogurt ... These good bacteria help balance the community of microorganisms that live in our intestines. And a recent study by MIT researchers suggests that probiotics help produce that “healthy glow” we all want, by making skin more radiant and hair more shiny, thick, and lustrous ... The researchers suggest that probiotics decrease inflammation in the top layers of the skin leading to healthier skin and hair ... Vitamin D is essential for keeping your hair growing strong and preventing breakage—it helps keep the follicles healthy, through the growth, shedding, and regrowth of new hairs ... Zinc is a powerful nutrient for hair growth—it helps accelerate the repair of damaged hair follicles, which keeps your hair healthy through all of its growth phases. Zinc deficiency is also associated with hair loss ... The brassicas (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale) are packed full of healthy nutrients and have been shown to help decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also rich in phosphatidic acid, little fatty acid messengers involved in cell creation and survival. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that phosphatidic acid also promotes hair growth due to its growth-promoting effects on the cells in our hair follicles"
  • Younger Skin Through Exercise - NYTimes.com, 4/16/14 - "The scientists biopsied skin samples from each volunteer and examined them microscopically. When compared strictly by age, the skin samples overall aligned with what would be expected. Older volunteers generally had thicker outer layers of skin and significantly thinner inner layers ... But those results shifted noticeably when the researchers further subdivided their samples by exercise habits. They found that after age 40, the men and women who exercised frequently had markedly thinner, healthier stratum corneums and thicker dermis layers in their skin. Their skin was much closer in composition to that of the 20- and 30-year-olds than to that of others of their age, even if they were past age 65 ... the researchers next set a group of sedentary volunteers to exercising ... I don’t want to over-hype the results, but, really, it was pretty remarkable to see ... Under a microscope, the volunteers’ skin “looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was exercise"
  • New Treatments For Blotchy Skin - ABC News, 3/24/14 - "Niacinimide ... This is an ingredient used in some “cosmeceuticals,” particularly in moisturizers. Halder says it prevents small melanin particles (what turns your skin brown) from moving from the bottom layer to the top layer of the skin. It is a form of vitamin B3 that blocks the pigment pockets from moving to the skin’s surface ... Ellagic Acid ... The name sounds scary, but it is actually derived from strawberries, cherries and pomegranates" - Note:  It seems like you could raise the good cholesterol at the same time by taking niacin:
    • What Is the Difference Between Niacin & Niacinamide? - LiveStrong.com - "Your body can convert niacin into niacinamide ... Niacin and niacinamide have identical function when used as vitamins ... their pharmacologic properties differ. For example, high doses of niacin can cause skin flushing. Niacinamide, however, does not have the same vasodialating, or blood-vessel widening, effects, that niacin has, so it does not lead to skin flushing" - Note:  You'll find contradictory information on the Internet but niacinamide will not raise HDL and niacin will.  See niacin at Amazon.com.
  • Foods that help save your skin - The Washington Post, 2/26/14 - "Antioxidants ... Omega 3 fatty acids ... Vitamin A ... Zinc ... Water ... probiotic supplement in the diet to help restore good bacteria to the digestive tract ... skin enemies ... Sugary foods ... Processed fats and oils such as trans fats, corn oil, vegetable oil and canola oil"
  • Gamma-Linolenic Acid Levels Correlate with Clinical Efficacy of Evening Primrose Oil in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis - Adv Ther. 2014 Jan 17 - "Atopic dermatitis (AD) has been related to a deficiency of delta-6-desaturase, an enzyme responsible for the conversion of linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Evening primrose oil (EPO) contains high amounts of GLA. Therefore, this study investigated whether EPO supplementation results in an increase in plasma GLA and its metabolite dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) correlating with clinical improvement of AD, assessed by the SCORing Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) index ... The clinical disease activity under EPO treatment correlates with the individual increase in plasma GLA levels. Thus, the results of this pilot study indicate that an increase in plasma GLA might be used as predictive parameter for responsiveness of AD to EPO therapy" - See evening primrose oil at Amazon.com.
  • The best foods for clear skin - washingtonpost.com, 9/18/13 - "Stay away from anything that comes in a box ... both because of the added sugars and because of other additives ... gobble up produce of all colors, plus nuts and seeds, to get minerals, fiber and vitamins A, C and E ... Foods that keep your blood sugar low are also good for the skin ... avoid sugar ... omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in wild salmon, help support healthy cell membranes ... Another smart move is the addition into the diet of probiotics, which can be found in yogurt and kefir as well as nutritional supplements. (She prefers supplements over yogurt because they contain much higher amounts of probiotics.)" - See Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotic Formula at Amazon.com.
  • 5 Foods for Healthy Skin - ABC News, 9/12/13 - "Strawberries ... Olive oil ... Green tea ... Pumpkin ... Pomegranate"
  • Sleep deprivation linked to aging skin, study suggests - Science Daily, 7/23/13 - "Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin's ability to recover after sun exposure ... The study involved 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49, with half of participants falling into the poor quality sleep category ... Using the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system, poor quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. In this system, a higher score means a more aged appearance. The average score in the good quality sleepers was 2.2 versus 4.4 in poor quality sleepers"
  • Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Skin Health - Medscape, 6/7/13 - "Results from cell culture and animal studies showing that lutein and zeaxanthin exhibit positive skin health benefits have considerable merit and suggest an avenue by which these carotenoids may function. The results from one human study demonstrate that orally administered lutein and zeaxanthin can inhibit lipid peroxidation on the surface of the skin and help bolster the skin's photoprotective activity, potentially protecting the skin from exposure to light, particularly UV light. Since the typical diet of people in the United States is about 2 mg of lutein per day, due to the ingestion of foods such as green leafy vegetables that contain the highest levels of diet-derived lutein and zeaxanthin,[15] it may be considered advisable to increase the daily intake of lutein and zeaxanthin for optimal skin health and photoprotection" - See Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL at Amazon.com.
  • 9 Best Foods for Your Skin - US News and World Report, 5/16/12 - "Tomatoes ... Mangoes, papaya, and apricots ... Cocoa powder ... Flaxseeds ... Sweet potatoes ... Mussels ... Spinach ... Canned tuna ... Safflower Oil" - Note:  I'm not buying the chocolate or safflower oil suggestions.
  • Do Fruits and Veggies Make You More Attractive? - WebMD, 3/7/12 - "changes in the redness and yellowness of skin in white people may be linked to the number of servings of fruit and vegetables they eat on a daily basis. These antioxidant-rich foods, which are loaded with plant-based pigments, seem to affect skin tone ... They suggest it's the carotenoids -- the red, yellow, and orange pigments in fruits and vegetables -- that play an important role in skin tone. Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and apricots are rich in beta-carotene, as are some dark green vegetables, including spinach and kale ... Another carotenoid is lycopene, which is found in tomatoes and pink grapefruits" - See Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL at Amazon.com and Garden of Life, Radical Fruits Antioxidant Complex at Amazon.com.
  • Which Foods Can Help Your Skin Look Better - CBS Chicago, 7/14/11 - "Experts say that what you eat has a big effect on how you look ... people who switched to a hypoglycemic – or low sugar – diet for three months reduced their pimples by 20 percent ... So what should we eat to prevent or even get rid of wrinkles? ... What you want to do is build up the collagen and there’s certain collagen builders, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E ... To avoid dry, flaky skin or eczema, increase your omega 3s ... There’s less scientific proof about cellulite, but many nutritionists also feel you can reduce the appearance of those unsightly bulges by eating dark red and purple foods, which help rid the body of toxins – things like cranberry juice, blueberries, cherries and radicchio lettuce ... If you’re looking for a cure-all for nearly any skin problem, it’s extra virgin olive oil. It helps reduce inflammation, and can help everything from psoriasis to eczema to acne .. dairy, even skim-milk, seems to make nearly every skin problem worse"
  • Eating vegetables gives skin a more healthy glow than the sun, study shows - Science Daily, 1/11/11 - "people who eat more portions of fruit and vegetables per day have a more golden skin colour, thanks to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red colouring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems ... given the choice between skin colour caused by suntan and skin colour caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin colour" - See Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL, Mixed Carotenoid Complex at Amazon.com.
  • Pomegranate compounds show skin health potential - Nutra USA, 8/10/10 - "ellagic acid may prevent the degradation of collagen in human skin cells, which would maintain skin structure and slow the formation of wrinkles ... Topical or dietary interventions with berries and pomegranate rich in ellagic acid and ellagitannins are promising strategies in curtailing skin wrinkling and cutaneous inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing" - [Abstract] - See pomegranate at Amazon.com.
  • Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation - Exp Dermatol. 2010 Aug;19(8):e182-90 - "Ellagic acid, a polyphenol compound present in berries and pomegranate, has received attention as an agent that may have potential bioactivities preventing chronic diseases ... These results demonstrate that ellagic acid prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory responses caused by UV-B. Therefore, dietary and pharmacological interventions with berries rich in ellagic acid may be promising treatment strategies interrupting skin wrinkle and inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing" - See pomegranate at Amazon.com.
  • Lack of omega-6 fatty acid linked to severe dermatitis - Science Daily, 4/14/10 - "Without arachidonic acid, the mice developed severe ulcerative dermatitis. The animals were very itchy, they scratched themselves continuously, and they developed a lot of bleeding sores" - Note:  I doubt if that's a problem in America where they get way to much omega-6 already.
  • New Role Of Vitamin C In Skin Protection; Relevance To The Cosmetics Industry - Science Daily, 9/8/09 - "a form of Vitamin C helped to promote wound healing and also helped protect the DNA damage of skin cells ... Previously, the group has published evidence that DNA repair is upregulated in people consuming vitamin C supplements ... The results demonstrated that vitamin C may improve wound healing by stimulating quiescent fibroblasts to divide and by promoting their migration into the wounded area. Vitamin C could also protect the skin by increasing the capacity of fibroblasts to repair potentially mutagenic DNA lesions ... Free radicals are associated with premature skin aging, and antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are known to counter these highly damaging compounds. This new evidence suggest that, in addition to ‘mopping up’ free radicals, vitamin C can help remove the DNA damage they form, if they get past the cell’s defences"
  • Better skin from the beauty aisle - MSNBC, 1/18/09 - Has a doctor's evaluation of various skin aging solutions.
  • LycoRed files patent for skin health science - Nutra USA, 11/7/08 - "According to LycoRed, subjects were supplemented by either Lyc-O-Mato capsules (10mg lycopene per day), or a placebo, for ten weeks. Following exposure to UV radiation at the end of the study, it was found that subjects in the tomato extract group had a sunburn cell count six times lower than in the placebo group. There was also evidence of reduced depletion of Langerhans cells, said the company" - See Jarrow Lyco-Sorb (contains Lyco-O-Mato) at Amazon.com.
  • Vitamin D may protect skin from within: Study - Nutra USA, 10/8/08 - "Atopic dermatitis (AD) ... All of the participants were given daily vitamin D supplements of 4000 IUs for 21 days ... After supplementation, the skin of people with AD showed statistically significant increases in cathelicidin from 3.53 to 23.91 relative copy units (RCU). Moreover, normal skin showed a “modest increase”, said the researchers, from 1.0 to 1.78 RCU" - See vitamin D at Amazon.com.
  • Flax and borage oil may boost skin health from within - 10/3/08 - "the researchers noted a significant decrease in reddening of the skin in the flaxseed and borage oil groups of 45 and 35 per cent, respectively, compared to baseline values. No differences were recorded in the placebo group ... blood flow to the in skin also decreased in the oil groups ... Measurements of water loss from the skin showed that the oil supplements were associated with decreases of about 10 per cent after six weeks, with only the flaxseed oil group showing further decreases at the end of 12 weeks (25 per cent) ... The roughness and scaling – dry peeling skin – was also decreased significantly after 12 weeks of flaxseed and borage oil supplementation, with no differences in the placebo group" - [Abstract]
  • What To Eat For Glowing Healthy Skin - Science Daily, 11/14/07 - "the antioxidants in vitamins C and E can protect the skin from sun damage and help reduce damage in skin cells caused by harmful free radicals, which contribute to aging skin. Similarly, we have long known that the B vitamin biotin is responsible for forming the basis of skin, hair and nail cells, and vitamin A – found in many fruits and vegetables – maintains and repairs skin tissue"
  • On The Cover: Scientifically Advanced Skin Care - Life Extension Magazine, 1/07
  • Eat Right To Keep Healthy Skin - CBS 2 Chicago, 4/30/05 - "Clinical studies have found that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and omega-3 fatty acids can help skin retain its healthy glow and look youthful ... foods for healthy skin include those rich in lycopene. That's a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color. It's a proven antioxidant, and antioxidants are important because they reduce the risk of several types of cancer and they prevent the formation of harmful byproducts of metabolism called free radicals"
  • Rub Away Aged Skin - Life Extension Magazine, 6/04
  • What do you recommend for thin, dry skin and hair and brittle nails? - Dr. Weil, 10/21/03
  • Rejuvenate Your Skin While You Sleep - Life Extension Magazine cover story, 8/03
  • Green Tea Gives Skin Healthy Glow - HealthDay, 5/15/03 - "Green tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which help eliminate free radicals. These free radicals can cause cancer by altering DNA. Polyphenols also protect healthy cells while promoting the death of cancer cells ... Cells that migrate toward the surface of the skin normally live about 28 days, and by day 20 they basically sit on the upper layer of the skin getting ready to die. But EGCG reactivates them ... EGCG may offer potential benefits for skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles and wounds" - See iHerb green tea extracts.  My favorite is Jarrow green tea at iHerb.
  • GLA: The Right Remedy for Eczema? - Dr. Weil, 11/21/02 - "It has specific nourishing effects on skin, hair, and nails that are not duplicated by omega–3 fatty acids ... It is true that a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet promotes inflammation by favoring synthesis of pro-inflammatory hormones (prostaglandins). But the amount of GLA needed to treat eczema and other skin conditions (500 milligrams twice a day) is too small to affect that ratio significantly" - See gamma linolenic acid at Amazon.com.
  • Increased Blood Antioxidants And Selenium Levels May Augur A Promising Therapy For Patients With Vitiligo - Doctor's Guide, 11/8/02
  • Link Found Between Vitamin E Intake and Immunoglobulin E In Treatment Of Atopic Dermatitis - Doctor's Guide, 5/31/02 - "Dietary vitamin E (VE) could be an excellent tool in treating atopic dermatitis"
  • Nutrition for the Skin - What You Should Know Before Undergoing a Surgical Procedure - Wellness Insider, 5/23/02 - "free radicals can accelerate the aging process of the skin, resulting in wrinkles and sunspots, not to mention an increased risk of skin cancer ... These antioxidants are important in protecting you from disease and can help shield you from skin cancer, maintain youthful, healthy skin, and even help to promote and expedite the healing process after a surgical procedure"
  • Few Vitamins Effectively Prevent or Reverse Skin Damage - Medscape, 3/02 - "Despite advertising claims, almost all available topical formulations contain very low concentrations of antioxidants that are not well absorbed by the skin ... There are 3 antioxidants that have been proven to decrease the effect of the sun on the skin and actually prevent further damage: selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C ... Recent animal studies have found that when selenium is taken orally or through the skin in the form of L-selenomethionine, it provided protection against both everyday and excessive UV damage ... New laboratory studies suggest vitamin E helps inactivate free radicals, making them less likely to cause damage ... Even minimal UV exposure can decrease the vitamin C levels in the skin by 30%, while exposure from the ozone of city pollution can decrease the level by 55%"
  • Topical Vitamin C May Have Beneficial Effect On Photaged Skin - Doctor's Guide, 4/13/01 - "vitamin C levels of the skin can be severely depleted following UV irradiation ... By comparison with placebo controls, there was a highly significant increase in the skin microrelief density and a decrease of the deep furrows on the side of the neck treated with Vitamin C cream"

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