A Little Beauty Science to Blow Your Mind

Ready for your weekly dose of you-are-what-you-eat beauty info? Here's where the nutrition nerd in me meets the beauty editor...

Let's take a look at the latest findings on how your diet can keep you looking gorgeous, healthy and young:

  • A study done at Nanjing University in China found that plant RNA survives the digestion process and actually ends up in our blood- circulating from cell to cell and affecting the way our genes perform. The study identified RNA from rice and veggies that are members of the Brassicaceae family (like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) in the cells of Chinese participants, reflecting two types of foods widely consumed in Chinese diets.

Translation: the food that we consume doesn't just provide nutrition and get excreted after digestion. Our diet directly influences the way that our genes work. So choose wisely, with meals packed with beautifying foods (even the unlikely ones)!

  • Preliminary results in a double-blind study of a new anti-wrinkle pill (launching this month in Canada, the UK and Spain) is exciting. Of course the results won't be that surprising to those of you who are beauty foodies. The pill contains Omega 3s from fish oil, vitamins C and E,Β  isoflavones from soy, and lycopene from tomatoes. (All of which you can also get from your diet) Early, unpublished tests show that after 14 weeks of taking the capsule, deep wrinkles decreased by an average of 10%, and as much as 30% (which didn't happen in the placebo group). Increased collagen in the dermis (the deepest skin layer) was an especially exciting finding of the study, which was done on 480 post-menopausal women. We'll wait patiently to see if this study gets published by a major journal, and if any more related studies follow suit!

We may have a lot further to go in our scientific assessment of nutrition, genes and skin, but there's no better time to start eating for beauty and health. To create your own customized beauty nutrition plan, contact me for a complimentary consultation, or to get started with your personal coaching session.