Eat Yourself Beautiful

What we eat affects both how we feel and how we look. Basically, our bodies are a reflection of our health. Therefore, if the food you use to build this physical body, in other words, your “food body” looks beautiful, chances are, you will too. If you eat the foods that radiate light and come in vibrant colors then chances are you will embody the same positive characteristics. 

The beautiful foods that we are naturally drawn to contain the vitamins that hold the secret to beauty. 

Two Powerhouse Beauty Vitamins 


Resveratrol: look for foods with deeply vibrant colors

Found in grapes, red wine, peanuts, cranberries, blueberries, cacao beans and pistachios.

A natural antioxidant that has been discovered to have anti-aging benefits because it can scavenge oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.

Benefits of Resveratrol

  • Resveratrol is able to interrupt negative environmental influences as well as protect the skin from UV damage. 
  • Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and it functions as your body’s first line of defense against harmful microorganisms
  • Using an antioxidant such as resveratrol helps boost your skin’s natural barriers so that your skin looks and feels smoother and healthier.

Slows Effects of Aging

  • Resveratrol works on a cellular level in order to fight the process of aging by stimulating healthy cell proliferation.
  • Resveratrol forms complex molecules with certain metal ions, inactivating their ability to form free radicals, and therefore improving cellular function and supporting fibroblasts, along with the creation of healthy collagen.
  • This combination one-two punch makes resveratrol highly effective in combating the damaging effect of free radicals that leads to skin aging.

Reduces Redness

  • Resveratrol contains key skin-calming properties that help minimize the look of redness and inflammation.

  • Evens skin

    • Not only does resveratrol brighten and even your skin tone, but it also works to improve the overall texture of your skin.

  • Hydrates

    • Resveratrol can hydrate your skin and prevent it from becoming dry.

How Resveratrol Compares to other Antioxidants

Anti-aging formulas that boast the antioxidant powers of vitamin E or C aren’t lying—those ingredients have been proven to improve skin’s overall appearance. However, they’re operating nowhere near the level of resveratrol.

Resveratrol vs Vitamins C and E

  • Vitamin C is unstable – and we all know that’s not a good thing

    • The most common antioxidant found in cosmetics is vitamin C, but it is quite unstable to the point that not much of it is left after it reaches consumers. Resveratrol is much more stable and you’ll get all of its benefits in skin care products

  • Resveratrol effectiveness in oxidative skin damage vs Vitamin E and Vitamin C

    • Studies have shown resveratrol to be 95 percent effective at preventing oxidative skin damage. Vitamin E proved a success rate of 65 percent, while vitamin C displayed a 37 percent rate. Resveratrol is also 17 times as effective as skin serums that contain idebenone, a synthetic antioxidant.

Resveratrol use with Vitamin E in Conjunction

Resveratrol, a water-soluble antioxidant, works synergistically with fat-soluble antioxidants like vitamin E to prevent further skin aging. This is especially important for mature skin, since your skin’s ability to repair itself decreases with age.

 

Half avocado with pink background


NMN: Look for foods with vibrant bright reds and greens

Found in avocado, broccoli, cabbage, tomato, edamame.

What is NMN?  Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) is a derivative of vitamin B3 and is an entirely natural compound found in our bodies. NMN is a precursor and is a potent NAD+ booster.

What is NAD? Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is one of the most important chemicals in our body. NAD is a primary regulator of numerous significant biological processes, including aging and disease. Studies have shown that NAD levels decrease with age throughout the whole body.

NAD+ supports healthy mitochondrial function by stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis - creation of new mitochondria in the cell.

Mitochondria is powerhouse of the cell. All energy metabolism happens through the mitochondria. Therefore, lower energy cells results in wrinkles and hair loss.

Complicated science explaining how cellular efficiency affects your beautiful face:

Mitochondrial dysfunction leads to aging and affects physical appearance such as wrinkles and hair loss.

By turning a single gene on or off they could directly control the mitochondrial health in young, 8-week-old mice (that’s about 20 years old in people years).

When they turned this gene “on” mitochondria became dysfunctional. When they turned the gene “off” mitochondrial function could be restored.

A few weeks after making mitochondria dysfunctional, the researchers started noticing some striking changes. 
 
  • Visible skin wrinkles appeared. Hair fell out. Males and females even showed different patterns of hair loss, with males showing patchier hair loss than females.
  •  Now here’s where things get really interesting. When the researchers made mitochondria functional again, these changes disappeared.
     
  • In just one month, previously wrinkled skin became smoother and thinned out hair regrew. The changes caused by mitochondrial dysfunction could be reversed by simply restoring mitochondrial health.
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    Causative link between mitochondrial health and aging and visible signs

      • Establishes a stronger causative link between mitochondrial health and some of the changes we associate with aging.

      • Manipulating mitochondrial health independently of age, this mouse study shows that inducing—and reversing—mitochondrial dysfunction can directly affect visible signs of aging.

    Supporting mitochondrial health may reverse outward signs of aging

      • this study suggests that supporting the health of our cellular powerhouses may not only prevent outward signs of aging but also has the potential to reverse changes that have already occurred.