Pomegranates are Good for Your Skin!

 Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside our body, so it only makes sense to nourish and protect our skin by taking in foods that soothe and calm our inflammation. Pomegranate fruit is one such food that has a great effect on the inside of our body, and can help our skin become more beautiful as well!

Pomegranate!

Pomegranate fruit is rich in two types of polyphenolic compounds, anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, and is known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have demonstrated the potential for clinical use of pomegranate in the prevention and treatment of cancer (1), and its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for addressing other diseases where chronic inflammation plays a critical role (2). It is also known to promote cardiovascular health by preventing low-density lipoprotein oxidation, reducing blood pressure and slowing the development of atherosclerosis (3).

REFERENCES:
Afaq F, Saleen M, et al. Anthocyanin- and Hydrolyzable Tannin-Rich Pomegranate Fruit Extract Modulates MAPK and NF-kappaB Pathways and Inhibits Skin Tumorigenesis in CD-1 Mice. Int. J. Cancer 2005; 113(3): 423-433.

Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr 2004; 23(3): 423-33.

Rasheed Z, Akhtar N, et al. Polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) suppresses PMACI-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting the activation of MAP Kinases and NF-κB in human KU812 cells. Journal of Inflammation 2009; 6(1)

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Are You Taking Too Many Supplements?

supplementsYou’re a nurse, let me ask you a question…”, is usually how it begins, followed by a laundry list of symptoms they are having. I inquire as to what supplements they are taking, meaning what do they consume in addition to a healthy diet. The look on their face usually changes – eyebrows raise as they begin to share this tablet, that vitamin, another brand of something. I usually ask, is that all? Are you taking anything for weight loss or energy? Which brings more to the list. Then I ask if they are taking the standard recommended amount of each, which then prompts the confession of double and even triple amounts, sometimes two to three times a day.

The saying “if some is good, more is better” does not apply to medications or supplements, in my opinion. Treating ourselves with supplemental vitamins and a wide variety of plant extracts, herbs and other holistic foods should be proceeded with a cautionary note.  Here are some: [Read more…]

Drink Your Sunscreen?

Sun damage, sun protection, Vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer are health topics being discussed every where you turn. We are told to slather on sunscreen (SPF 30 is sufficient), wear protective clothing, stay out of the sun at peak hours, yet our bodies need enough natural sunlight to assist in making Vitamin D, which has great influence in our immune systems.
Although the treatment of skin cancer is very effective, the best treatment remains prevention. Preventative measures include sun exposure avoidance, protective clothing, and full-spectrum sunscreen.” http://dermatology.cdlib.org/133/reviews/DNA/scheinfeld.html
Scientific research is beginning to look at ingredients that, taken internally, can provide protection from ultraviolet damage. One “Internal Sunscreen” ingredient is Polypodium leucotomos, also known as Polypodium extract.

One study, “Orally administered Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases psoralen-UVA induced phototoxicity, pigmentation, and damage of human skin“, produced these findings:

Clinically, phototoxicity was always lower in PL-treated skin after 48 to 72 hours (P<.005), and pigmentation was also reduced 4 months later. Histologically, PL-treated skin showed a significant numeric reduction of sunburn cells (P=.05), preservation of Langerhans cells (P< or =.01), decrease of tryptase-positive mast cell infiltration (P<.05), and decrease of vasodilation (P< or =.01).”  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Jan;50(1):41-9.

In simple terms, over a 4 month period of time, study subjects ingesting Polypodium were less inclined to sunburn, preserved their healthy new skin cells, and decreased the effects of sun burn two to three days after sun exposure.

I have been hearing testimonials from those drinking Polypodium in Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir who are reporting very little, if any, sun burn after hours of summer sun exposure. The nice thing about drinking your sunscreen is that you can now get your daily dose of sunshine to help your body make Vitamin D, and not have to worry as much about sun damage to your skin, the affects it has on accelerating your skin’s aging appearance, and developing sun/age spots. Who doesn’t want more protection from skin cancer if there is any chance.

While there is still more research to be done, I will drink my sunscreen every single day!

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