A Major Cause of Skin
Isn't it interesting to discover that we may have the ability to prevent deep lines in our skin through diet?
by Karen Bowers
There was a time when most of our diet was glucose-free and only contained simple complex sugars. But along with civilization came food processing and a rise in glucose intake. Within the past 50 years research has connected glucose as a major cause of damage to collagen in the skin.
Sugar enters our skin through all forms of carbohydrates—sugary foods, starch, breads, grains and processed food. If the body has an abundance of carbohydrates prior to eating, the protein molecules at the cellular level crosslink with sugar molecules —a process called glycation— creating a different protein/sugar molecule referred to as advanced glycation end (AGE) molecules.
AGE molecules gravitate towards the skin's collagen and elastin. This generates dense, fibrous collagen tissue—deep grooves of wrinkles that remain stiff and inflexible, especially after the sugar-protein molecules have cross-linked for years. AGE also affects surface tissue circulation and compromises cell turnover, reducing the skins ability to quickly rehabilitate and creating a loss of face volume.
We all develop AGE-related problems. Environmental factors such as diet and smoking influence the rate of AGE formation. Fortunately, glycation does not occur mainly in skin before the age of 35; however, after that it progresses rapidly.
(HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW MANY "FACIAL SKIN CREAM ADS" USE YOUNG WOMEN….. A LITTLE DECEPTIVE, BUT YES STARTING TO USE SKIN CREAM ON YOUR FACE WHEN YOUNG [I MEAN TEENAGE YEARS] AND DOING IT MORNING AND EVENING ALL YOUR LIFE WILL INDEED HELP KEEP THOSE WRINKLES AWAY AS YOU AGE INTO YOUR 50s, 60s, 70s etc. Keith Hunt)
Supplements that help to prevent loss of tissue due to glycation include carnosine, carnitine, pyridoxamine (a derivative of B6), alpha lipoic acid and a fat-soluble derivative of thiamine 1 called benfotiamine. Research at several universities in Europe have shown that benfotiamine blocks destructive biochemical pathways, preventing AGE from damaging nerves, blood vessels and tissue.
AGE molecules physically impair protein, DNA and lipids and trigger destructive events when they attach to their cellular binding site referred to as receptor for AGE (RAGE). Research has shown that cherries contain extracts of anthocyanins that prevent binding to DNA by 29 percent in the cell.
The University of Georgia researched the effects of fructose-mediated glycation with commonly consumed fruit juice. They found that the extracts of pomegranate called plincalagin and ellagic acid reduced glycation of the internal organs of mice by 98 percent and protected the skin from glycation modification by 90 percent when applied topically by gel. Other fruit juices consisting of concord grape, apple, cranberry and pineapple inhibited glycation by 20 percent. Clearly, this information suggests that natural-occurring fructose is a great deal better than processed glucose.
Research through diabetes confirms that a diet low in processed sugar has beneficial effects on skin's wrinkling due to glycation. Dietary restriction significantly decreased the levels of glycation in rat and mice skin collagen. Isn't it interesting to discover that we may have the ability to prevent deep lines in our skin through diet?
(IT IS A FACT; AND MORE THAN INTERESTING. AS THE HEALTH AND STRENGTH MAN OF OLD - CHARLES ATLAS - OFTEN SAID IN HIS COURSE [STILL AVAILABLE] YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! YOUR CELLS ARE FOREVER DIVIDING, KEEPING THOSE CELLS HEALTHY MEANS YOU STAY YOUNGER EVEN AS YOU AGE. THIS TOGETHER WITH ALL THE OTHER LAWS OF HEALTH [7-9 HOURS SLEEP; EXERCISING DAILY; GOOD EMOTIONAL HEALTH; BEING OF A HAPPY DISPOSITION; KEEPING YOUR MIND ACTIVE; INTERMITTING FASTING; KEEPING YOUR WEIGHT CONTROLLED FOR YOUR HEIGHT AND BONE STRUCTURE;] CAN KEEP YOU LOOKING YEARS YOUNGER THAN YOUR BIRTH AGE - Keith Hunt)
Note that the temperature at which food is cooked is more important than the time it is cooked. When meat is broiled at 212 degrees for an hour it has fewer AGEs than meat that is broiled at 400 for 15 minutes.
Studies suggest that cumulative damage to collagen may not be readily reversed. When dealing with glycated skin conditions, look for anti-inflammatory ingredients such as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin E, ferulic acid, lycopene from tomatoes, licorice root, horse chestnut, olive extract, green tea and oat beta glucan. Avoid heavy, grainy scrubs that may tear thinning skin. Hydrating creams and sun blocks will help to prevent further damage.
There are facial treatments formulated to combat the effects of AGE, and you may wish to incorporate specific treatments to soften deep lines in conjunction with a glucose-free diet and topical AGE serums.
Karen Bowers, the founder of New Visage Advanced Skin Care and Anti-Aging, has 35 years of international training in natural skin care, www.newvisage.ca
AN INVESTIGATIVE SLOT ON ONE OF THE USA PROGRAMS [LIKE 20/20; 60 MINUTES; DATELINE - FORGOT WHICH IT WAS] SOME YEARS BACK, SHOWED FROM SCIENCE THAT IF YOU WERE PAYING MORE THAN $25 FOR FACIAL CREAMS, YOU WERE WASTING YOUR MONEY AND DOING NO BENEFIT TO YOUR SKIN - Keith Hunt