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Eat and Drink Your Way to Clear, Healthy Skin
“Eat and Drink Your Way to Clear, Healthy Skin” on Health Perch

Researchers analyzed the diets of 1264 women in 2012, they found that a higher consumption of olive oil approximately 2 teaspoons a day was associated with 31% fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than 1 teaspoon. Major anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols present in olive oil prevent the skin from pre-mature aging.  olive oil does not clog up pores and is easily absorbed by the skin.  Approximately 75% of  fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which may play a role youth boost. The antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil may also quench damaging free radicals.  Tomatoes daily along with almost a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to a control group that ate just olive oil, according to a 2008 UK study.  The antioxidant lycopene levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes improves skin’s natural SPF however, it is not a replacement for sunscreen.

Here are just a few other foods that are recommended for healthy skin, additional foods such as dark chocolate that helps retain moisture.  Let’s not forget soy with Aglycone, an isoflavone, present in soy improves skin elasticity and stops collagen from breaking down, which is responsible for sagging and wrinkles.  Walnuts which are rich with omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid that is important for those who don’t eat fish, lack of this fat in the body leads to dry, scaly skin.  Yogurt which contains protein which keeps the skin firm according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, an American dermatologist.  

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