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It’s February and that means lots of love and sweets! Don’t ditch your diet for processed candies and sugary treats. Instead, try out one of these super sweet super foods. Also be sure to give the smoothie recipe a try. It’s loaded with amazing nutrients to help you feel your best. Learn more by visiting the Nature and Health Magazine’s website at www.natureandhealth.com.au.

Physicians Share Tips To Prevent And Correct Signs of Aging

Women’s worries about wrinkles, dark spots and other aging skin concerns aren’t all vanity, a new poll reveals.

Forty-two percent of women ages 50 to 59 believe they need to look young to be successful at work, according to a recent poll by Penn Schoen Berland.

“Increasingly, both men and women have anxiety about looking older, but the good news is that science has developed natural tools to help us look younger longer,” say Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman, the husband-and-wife physician team at Silicon Valley’s Age Defying Dermatology, (www.agedefy.com), national leaders in medical and cosmetic dermatology and integrative medical treatments.

Something we all battle daily is damage from free radicals, a term that has entered the public lexicon with little understanding by most people.

“Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost electrons through oxidation, making them unstable. If your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to stabilize them and render them harmless, they can damage cell membranes, which eventually breaks down the proteins that support and plump the skin,” explains preventive medicine specialist Dr. Arlene Noodleman.

“We’re bombarded by free radicals every day”, she says. “We produce them when we metabolize food and even when we breathe. They’re also in the environment – diesel exhaust, air pollution, UV radiation (from the sun) and cigarette smoke are all major producers.”

“What’s worse, those free radical oxygen molecules are always looking to stabilize themselves by swiping electrons from stable molecules, which creates even more free radicals,” says dermatologist Dr. Rick Noodleman.

“We have lots of natural defenses against free radicals, but as we age, we begin to lose them,” he says.

Some vitamins are antioxidants, meaning their molecules provide electrons that stabilize the free radicals.  Clinical studies have found that certain of these are effective in preventing damage, or correcting damage such as reducing wrinkles and dark spots.
In certain cases, “taking your vitamins” means applying them on your skin so they can work from the outside-in, the physicians say.

• Vitamin A – “There is significant scientific evidence that the form of vitamin A called retinoid, when applied topically, can treat damage caused by sun exposure,” says Dr. Arlene Noodleman. “It can soften fine lines and wrinkles and lighten dark spots.” In one study, subjects had significantly fewer fine wrinkles after applying a prescription-strength retinoid cream (0.1 percent isotretinoin) once a day for 36 weeks. “Of the over-the-counter retinoid products, Retinol appears most effective”, Dr. Noodleman says.

• Vitamin C – “Vitamin C applied topically is much more effective than taken orally”, says Dr. Rick Noodleman. “That’s because vitamin C is relatively unstable — it quickly oxidizes when exposed to air and in certain other conditions. So, to get the full benefit, you would need it in much greater amounts than you would normally consume in a tablet. You can get that benefit by using a topical formulation,” he says. “Look for ‘stable’ vitamin C of the L-ascorbic variety, which offers the best protection against sun damage”, he states. “It reduces lines and wrinkles, protects against sun damage, and encourages production of collagen, one of the proteins susceptible to free radical damage. Importantly, collagen makes up 75 percent of our skin and gives it support and volume.”

• Vitamin B3 – “As a ‘damage corrector’, test-tube studies have shown that vitamin B3 boosts collagen production and clinical studies have shown that it reduces dark spots”, says Dr. Arlene Noodleman. In one significant study, 50 Caucasian women applied a 5 percent vitamin B3 solution to one side of their faces every day for 12 weeks. They had a marked reduction in dark spots, redness and yellowing, and increased elasticity.

The two doctors advise that, for best results, people should buy these topical vitamin products at concentrations that have proved effective – and use them for the length of time recommended.

About Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

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Dr. Rick Noodleman, a board-certified, Stanford-trained dermatologist, is an expert in the medical and surgical management of skin disease, aging skin, and advanced cosmetic techniques. Dr. Arlene Noodleman, board-certified in preventive medicine and fellowship-trained in integrative medicine, is a healthy aging expert who focuses on the whole person and strategies that facilitate the body’s innate healing response. Together, Drs. Noodleman created the Revercel cosmeceutical and neutraceutical product line (www.revercel.com), which includes products containing vitamins in the amounts and forms scientifically proven to be effective. They include Eye Perfection and Intensive Repair Serums with Retinol and Vita-C Emulsion. 

 

 

 

Daily Nutrition Nibble: Cranberries for Health

Don’t just eat cranberries on Thanksgiving! These beautiful red berries are loaded with nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Cranberries are also a good source of digestive-friendly fiber. Cranberries contain nutrients that help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stone formation. They are also a good berry for promoting a healthy heart. In addition to all of this, cranberries are loaded with antioxidants to help our body fight harmful free radicals. Add some raw cranberries to your smoothie today!

Authentic Food of the Day: Acai Berries!

Acai berries. You may have heard of them…they seem to be popping up in products everywhere! But why are these little berries suddenly becoming so popular? Believe it or not, acai berries have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Amazonians recognized that these berries were excellent for both food and medicinal purposes. They taste a bit like a blackberry but with rich and earthy undertones. Acai berries contain a concentrated source of antioxidants (twice the amount found in blueberries), making them excellent for fighting off free-radicals and boosting your immunity. They are also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Studies have shown that acai berries are helpful in improving blood flow, increasing energy levels, and aiding in reducing cholesterol. Acai berries are also known to promote healthy and clear skin. You can incorporate acai berries into your diet by adding them to your smoothies, snacks, soups, and yogurt.

DID YOU KNOW: 

– The acai berry was not introduced to the western part of the world until the 1990s.

– Acai pulp contains over 19 amino acids, making it a fantastic food for muscle health and regeneration.

Authentic Food of the Day: Raspberries

I absolutely adore picking berries on a beautiful sunny day! I am fortunate to live in Oregon where wild berries grow abundantly. Raspberries have to be my favorite berry because they taste so wonderful and go well in many different dishes! Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to this juicy berry than just a delicious taste. Raspberries are one of the top fruit sources of fiber. We need to include a fair amount of fiber in our diets in order to keep our digestive system in optimal health. Fiber also helps us feel full which aids in keeping hunger cravings away. Raspberries have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, especially when it comes to cancers of the mouth, throat, and colon. They contain high levels of vitamin C and manganese, which helps ward off sickness and infections. Raspberries contain 50 percent more antioxidant power than strawberries. They are also full of vitamin B3, biotin, folate and iron.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Raspberries are a good source of ellagic acid which helps to destroy free radicals responsible for causing harm to our bodies.

– According to ancient myths, raspberries were thought to originally be white until the nymph Ida pricked her finger while gathering babies for baby Jupiter.

Authentic Food of the Day: Lemons

Lemons are not only beautiful in color but they taste delicious! They can enhance sweet dishes and zest up even the most boring of meals. Did you know that an average lemon contains about three tablespoons of juice? All parts of the lemon contain antioxidants that help bust free radicals in our body. These antioxidants also help to keep our immune system strong. This zesty fruit has antifungal and antiseptic qualities which helps to kill germs in the body. This is one of the reasons lemons are traditionally used to soothe sore throats. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and limonene (a chemical that has been shown to slow the growth rate of cancer).

DID YOU KNOW:

– The rutin content in lemons may help to strengthen veins and prevent fluid retention, especially in the legs.

– When it comes to picking out lemons, make sure that the lemons are heavy with smooth skin. Avoid old lemons with wrinkled skin, hard/soft patches, or those that are dull in color.

Authentic Food of the Day: Almonds

Almond lovers rejoice! Those tasty nuts not only make a fabulous snack but are considered a super-food full of nutrients. Almonds are loaded with vitamins B2, B6, biotin, calcium, and iron. They are also a good source of zinc and omega-9 fatty acids. Almonds have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, promote a healthy heart, boost immunity, and improve wound healing. They are also one of the top source of vitamin E which aids in preventing cancer. If you are looking to improve your digestive health, almonds contain dietary fiber which is good for promoting smooth digestion.  If you buy your almonds in the bulk bins at the supermarket, check to make sure the store has a quick turnover of inventory to ensure you are getting the freshest nuts possible. Dry roasted almonds may be cooked at high temperatures that can damage their natural oils. It is important to read the label to be sure that no additional ingredients such as sugar, corn syrup, or preservatives have been added to the nuts.

DID YOU KNOW:

– The almond that we think of as a nut is actually the seed of the fruit from an almond tree.

– The Romans considered almonds a sign of fertility, happiness, and romance.