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Berry Good News For Wrinkle Bustin!

Yet another study has found a positive link between natural flavonoids found in berries and a reduction in UV induced skin damage. Well, at least in mice! Although a little more investigating is required before we can boost our skin’s UV tolerance this way with any confidence, it brings us a step closer to oral sun screen’s!

The study was carried out by the Department of agriculture Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Republic Of Korea  and was made available to download online on 20th Jan 2010. 

Basically the study investigated the effect that Myricetin had on UVB-induced wrinkle formation. They did this by irradiating the skin of a mouse (most probably the hairless mouse  but I haven’t read the report) with UVB light (sunlight consists of  a number of different wavelengths of light meaning that this study wasn’t a ‘real life’ scenario).   In vivo (mouse model) results were checked against in vitro (test tube) results to assess what was happening. 

Basically it looks like the Myricetin is able to stopping an inflammatory free-radical induced reaction within the skin.  Repeated inflammation can lead to skin thickening which can then speed up wrinkle formation (traumatized cells). Stopping this is, therefore quite desirable!

Unless I purchase the full paper I can’t find out if the myricetin was rubbed into the skin or ingested and it is also hard to ascertain the effectiveness of the study but on the surface it looks quite interesting!

While I go off and look into this a bit more,  you may want to add the following fruits into your diet just in case this turns out to be a game-changing find!

A University in Finland studied 25 different berries for their Myricetin content and found between 14-142 mg/Kg  present in Cranberry, Blackcurrent, Crowberry, Bog Whortleberry, Blueberry and Bilberry.
Myricetin is also found in a number of vegetables including Onions, Kale […]

Antioxidants – Naturally.

One of the best things about Christmas in Australia is the fruit. Our Mango’s are ripe, Cherries are in season and blueberries  are just brilliant and to top it all,  this fruit abundance can do wonders for your skin!

If, like me, you can’t resist the christmas “Choc-tivities” then your body may well start crying out for a detox. Make sure you pick and mix some of these berry beauties to stave off the post-Christmas stodge.

Blueberries.

Rich source of antioxidants which can help the body to fight free radicals. Free radical’s can damage cells, leading to premature ageing.
High in Vitamins C and E (which also have antioxidant properties) these vitamins are both essential for good skin health.  Deficiency of Vitamin C lead to poor collagen quality and gum problems while Vitamin E is essential for maintaining a strong skin barrier and can help with wound healing.

Cherries

Cherries can help you to loose weight!  Well,  they won’t dissolve fat or anything but they are low in calories and contain no fat which makes them perfect for those wishing to indulge in some guilt-free munchies.
They can help reduce inflammation due to them containing  the flavanols cyanidin and quercetin.  These powerful antioxidant chemicals help to mop up rogue free radical’s which occur as a consequence of cellular ageing, pollution, UV exposure or dietary toxins.   When skin cells are stressed they can flare up so it makes sense that reducing the causes of the inflammation leads to skin that is perfectly chilled out and peachy!

Blackberries.

Essential Fatty Acids. OK, so you expect fruits to contain vitamins and antioxidants but fatty acids?  Blackberries are a great source of the EFA Alpha Linolenic Acid  – one of the Omega Three types making Blackberries a great choice for Vegans and those who […]