Good Food for Skin

Inflammation damages skin, either quickly in the form of dermatitis, or more slowly in the form of wrinkling and sagging.

Anti-inflammatory foods include those that contain healthy oils (essential fatty acids) and pigments (carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.) and antioxidants (pycnogenol).

Here are the main foods good for skin:

  • Avocados
  • Blue-green algae (Klamath Lake)
  • Spirulina
  • Fish (especially Wild Alaskan Salmon, anchovies, sardines, pilchards) – eat fish in moderation due to toxicity with heavy metals
  • Berries
  • Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and pumpkin seeds

Carotenoids are fat soluble pigments that give a yellow-orange-red colour to fruits and vegetables, wild salmon and shellfish, and egg yolks. The beautiful pink flamingoes get their colour from eating large quantities of carotenoid-rich aquatic plants, such as algae and plankton.

Algaes, like Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae and Spirulina, are also rich in carotenoids, but their yellow-orange-red colours are masked by green chlorophyll, which is a more dominant pigment. This also applies to dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale.

Because carotenoids are fat soluble, they are able to enter not just the cell wall, but also the energy producing factory within each cell, called the mitochondria. Here they give protection against free radicals and pro-inflammatory chemicals and protect our immune system as well as our skin.

A whopping 5.1% of Klamath Lake Algae are carotenoids and related substances.

Foods that cause inflammation, and should be largely avoided, include sugar and starch, hydrogenated vegetable oils (in cakes, biscuits, fried foods and cheap vegetable oils found in supermarkets) and excessive animal fat.

Summing up, ensure your diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables of all colours, but especially green leafy varieties, algaes, berries, some nuts and seeds especially walnuts and pumpkin seeds, some fruit especially dark coloured berries, avocado, and a little fish as above if desired.  Avoid sugar including artificial sweeteners (see recent blog post on this subject), cakes, biscuits, wheat generally, fried foods. There’s nothing wrong with eating meat, but excessive amounts of animal fat will cause inflammation.

Of course, it’s also important to drink enough clean water (coffee and tea don’t count!)

If you follow these basic principles, you’ll be pleased you did as the years will be kind to you.

Provides active vitamin B12

Provides active vitamin B12

Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol

Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol