Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Foods That are Good for Your Skin

Recent research has identified the following foods as having benefits for the skin. Extracts from these foods may be applied topically, and or you can include them in your diet.

Pomegranate (including seeds)
Pomegranate is rich in ingredients that enhance the beauty and life of skin. It is a good source of ellagic acid and antioxidants, which are helpful in destroying free radicals. Pomegranate seed oil for skin can be considered as an 'elixir of youth' as it contains punicic acid, an omega 5 conjugated fatty acid, which is effective in cell regeneration and proliferation. This considerably delays the process of aging. Moreover, it is also rich in compounds such as phytoestrogen and a rare plant-based source of CLA. 
You can drink the Pomegranate juice or it can be applied topically. There are several cosmetic formulations that include an extract of pomegranate juice or oil.

Update: please read the comments to this post on the inhibiting effect ellagic acid has on melanin production.

Apple (contains quercetin, which soothes the skin)
Coconut soothing and protective
Green tea (contains high levels of antioxidants)
Broccoli (an extract made from broccoli sprouts has been found to protect skin from inflammation and cancer)


  1. Ellagic acid (pomegranate extract) may be an antioxidant, but either oral or topical use has been shown to inhibit melanin production... this is not good if you're trying to re-pigment.

  2. Thanks for that info. I have also heard that turmeric, though it has many health benefits, inhibits melanin production.

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