Why you need more polyphenols to protect your skin

January 1, 2016
Volume 4    |   Issue 1

I hope you're off to a wonderful New Year. As we look to protect your skin this year, I've got to tell you about knew information about polyphenols and your skin. Polyphenols are nutrients found in a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and red wine. They provide a strong, natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefit. Research also associates them with everything from reducing risk of cardiovascular disease to preventing cancer to improving cognition. Recent studies have even looked at their ability to fight a number of dermatological diseases.

In fact, there are so many studies out there looking at polyphenols and skin conditions that researchers from the Department of Dermatology at the University of California decided to conduct a review to help synthesize the results. They published their findings this year in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment.

They searched two databases, PubMed and Embase, to find relevant studies. They turned up 356 abstracts, 17 of which were appropriate for their review. These studies included polyphenols used in both topical and oral forms. Green tea polyphenols in particular were a popular topic, and the polyphenols were found to help patients with issues ranging from alopecia to acne vulgaris to fungal infections to hyperpigmentation. They even helped improve photo-aged skin. The researchers stated, "We qualitatively conclude that polyphenols may be effective in treating certain dermatological conditions. Additional rigorously conducted clinical trials are needed to further evaluate efficacy."

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These trials will continue to turn up evidence in favor of polyphenols. In the meantime, polyphenols have so many other proven benefits that I strongly  recommend them as a method of improving your overall health. You can get a good amount through your diet by eating onions, garlic, asparagus, carrots, berries, plums, prunes, pears, apples, kiwis, green vegetables, nuts and seeds. You also can get them from green, black and white tea. And even high-quality olive oil contains significant polyphenol content.

Please remember that food preparation can have a significant influence on the polyphenol content of foods. For example, just peeling a fruit or vegetable can eliminate a good portion of polyphenols. Often these substances are present in higher amounts in the outer parts of the produce vs. the inner parts. Cooking also has a significant effect. For example, onions and tomatoes lose about 75% of their polyphenol content after boiling for 15 minutes. Steaming your vegetables at a low heat is the best way to preserve their overall antioxidant benefits.

If you're interested in increasing your polyphenol intake, you can try Advanced Bionutritionals Advanced Polyphenol Formula. It's plant-based to give you the highest possible quality of several powerful polyphenols, and it's concentrated to give you more than you could ever get from your diet alone.

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