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Promoting Beauty With Food and Drink

Jonathan Selzer, PhD
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Editor’s note: Always encourage clients to check with their physicians before they add new herbs or supplements to their diets.

Beauty from within is one of the hottest topics in the spa and cosmetic industries right now. The concept of promoting natural beauty through the consumption of foods and beverages originated thousands of years ago. During these times, people had an excellent understanding of herbs and their health-promoting properties. Herbs fell out of fashion as recently as the 1930s, when pharmaceutical companies began switching to modern drugs and synthesized molecules. Paradoxically, the more that is learned about the science of skin, aging, herbs and vitamins, the more relevant beauty from within becomes. Scientific explanations can now be offered for why an herb, such as green tea, can make a person look and feel younger, revitalized and more energetic. 1, 2, 3

Most people associate beauty with youthfulness, resulting in the anti-aging concept. There are topical products that can help accomplish anti-aging results; however, by taking oral supplements, the effects start deeper in the body and work their way toward the surface. This establishes a solid beauty base that is more than skin deep.

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Popular Polyphenols

Many antioxidants belong to the group of natural chemicals called polyphenols, including the following:

  • Catechins, such as those in green and white tea or chocolate;

     

  • Anthocyanins from pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry and black cherry;

     

  • Proanthocyanidins from acai, blueberry, cranberry, grape and gogi;

     

  • Isoflavones from soy and kudzu;

     

  • Xanthones from mangosteen;

     

  • Gallo-tannins from Indian gooseberry;

     

  • Coenzyme Q10; and

     

  • Resveratrol from grape and giant knotweed.

     

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