Smoother Skin From the Inside Out
Women's magazines frequently run stories on how to improve your skin using items from your kitchen.
But you might be better off eating that paste of crushed almonds, berries and yogurt than slathering it on your face, according to the results of a new study.
Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, studied the diets of more than 400 residents of Australia, Greece and Sweden, including both dark- and fair-skinned people.
All the subjects were septuagenarians or older.
They found that those who followed a diet comprised mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats had noticeably smoother skin than those who consumed a fat- and sugar-laden diet.
Dr. Mark L. Wahlqvist, lead researcher, speculates that the antioxidants in these foods, including vitamins A, C and E, help to protect the skin from environmental stress and damage.
More studies are needed, however, to determine how these foods aid the skin's natural defenses against sun damage.
Source: Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2001; 20, 71-80
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