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Donna Rochnowski, registered dietitian at Hy-Vee displays a selection of fresh melons and berries that are rich in anti-aging compounds. Rochnowski emphasizes a “fresh is best” and “more matters” approach. The more brightly-colored a fruit or vegetable is, the more anti-aging properties it has. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but science shows it may also make you more beautiful. Apples, especially the peels, contain potent antioxidants that help fight free radical damage. Free radicals attack and age our body tissues, but foods high in antioxidants are know to fight the effects of free radicals.
By now, most of us have a pretty good idea which foods to eat for a healthy body, but how many of us are thinking of our looks when we stroll down the aisles of our local grocery store? The idea of “beauty foods” isn’t new. Perhaps the most well-known proponent of a beauty foods diet is Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Perricone’s diet, unlike most doesn’t focus on weight loss, but on a regiment of foods and supplements designed to make us look younger and live longer. The basis of the “Perricone Prescription” is that inflammation caused by a poor diet leads to wrinkles, acne and a host of other skin and medical conditions. The eating plan relies on the glycemic index, a way of measuring the effect of food on one’s blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index cause inflammation in the body which in turn causes the body to age more rapidly. Perricone’s diet isn’t for everybody, though. The plan requires that protein always be eaten before any carbohydrates and includes a regimented list of acceptable and forbidden foods. Foods such as alcohol, breads, (especially French baguettes and croissants), flour, coffee, breakfast cereals (except noninstant oatmeal), granola, duck, beef, fruit juice, many fruits, like grapes, mangos, oranges, papaya, raisins, watermelon, many vegetables, like carrots, corn, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, pasta and noodles, pizza, pickles, rice, soda (including diet soda), sugar and hard cheese are to be avoided. What Perricone does recommend is a steady diet of wild Alaskan salmon (never farm-raised) other fish, such as tuna, shellfish, halibut and trout, turkey, eggs, yogurt; vegetables like leafy greens, bean sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes; fruits such as berries (especially blueberries), cherries, apples, pears; and some melons, avocados, olives, whole barley, beans, oatmeal, nuts, green tea; spices, including oregano, ginger, cayenne pepper and basil and spring water (8 to 10 glasses a day). In addition to a regimented eating plan, the Perricone Prescription calls for a list of up to 25 supplements (sold through Perricone’s website) at upwards of $100 per month. Critics of the diet say that while research does support Perricone’s theories, the strict eating plan can be difficult to sustain over a long period of time and the costly supplements aren’t for everyone. Luckily, some local health experts know a thing or two about “beauty foods” that won’t break the bank and offer plenty of variety. Donna Rochnowski, registered dietitian for Hy-Vee points to two key components: antioxidents and phytochemicals as part of a beauty foods diet. “Antioxidents help grab particles of oxygen, known as free radicals, to prevent them from aging out bodies by destroying body tissues,” Rochnowski said. As we age, our bodies lose the natural ability to fight these free radicals, so a diet high in antioxidents can reduce the signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and preserving a more youthful skin texture. The antioxident properties come from key vitamins, minerals and compounds such as vitamins A, C and E as well as beta-carotene, lycopene and selenium. Foods high in antioxidents include apples, avocados, beans, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pecans, prunes, potatoes, rice bran and tomatoes. Rather than a strict regimen of these foods, Rochnowski said most people will benefit from “fresh is best and more matters” approach to antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. An easy way to select foods high in antioxidents said Rochnowski, is to choose a wide variety of brightly-colored foods which are rich in phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are the compounds in fruits and vegetables responsible for the color and aroma. Phytochemicals are designed to protect the cells of plants from oxygen damage. Those same properties can protect the tissues in our bodies as well, according to Rochnowski. As a rule, the more brightly colored a fruit or vegetable is, the more phytochemicals it contains and the more wrinkle fighting anti-aging benefits it has. Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only recommended foods: beans are an especially good source of antioxidants, nuts contain vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids which are vital for healthy, young looking skin and salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, decrease clogged pores and help to avert fine lines and wrinkles. As a nutritionist, Rochnowski, is an expert on the benefits of fresh healthy foods for the pursuit of youth and beauty, however food isn’t the only source of nutrients for those seeking a personal fountain of youth. Mark Parsons, owner of Seeds Of Change Natural Foods in La Salle, agrees that antioxidants are the cornerstone of a healthy youthful diet. “We internally rust — our bodies start to deteriorate. We always need to think about antioxidants as we age.” Parsons, however, believes supplements are an underused resource in the anti-aging battle. “I don’t think a lot of people look for supplements for beauty,” Parsons said. “People don’t think as much about diet — they look for creams and lotions to make them look younger.” Parsons said there are a lot of supplements people can use for a more youthful appearance, and points out that supplements maintain a consistent quality that isn’t subject to growing conditions or handling that can affect some fresh foods. Ester-C, a free radical fighting form of vitamin C that stays in the system for 24 hours, is rich in skin-friendly antioxidants, according to Parsons. Collagen is another supplement Parsons recommends as it contains proteins that improve skin’s elasticity and plumpness, which are key to a more youthful appearance. Collagen decreases as we age and causes the skin to look thinner and highlights wrinkles. Biotin, is a water soluble B vitamin that is thought to increase growth and thickness of the hair along with stronger healthier nails. Parson said he has seen an increase in the number of recommendations for Biotin supplements from salons. “(Supplement) Hair, Skin and Nails, has a big following,” according to Parsons. Parsons also points to vitamin E and super primrose oil as particularly good for younger looking skin. They contain essential fatty acids that hydrate the skin and keep moisture in, which in turn makes the skin appear plumper and smoother. Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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