The Nutraceutical Frontier

By on June 26, 2009, in Beauty Knowledge Center, Well Being

Beautiful skin begins from within – what you eat and drink can read on your face as easily as it does on your hips or thighs. That’s the philosophy behind the nutraceutical movement, which proposes that supplements can help heal hair, nails and skin from within with nutrients, amino acids and natural extracts.

One of the first to pioneer this trend of reaping beauty benefits from specific ingestible means (supplements, spiked waters, even gummy candy) was Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who offers several regimens for healthier skin, a fitter body and weight management, all detailed in his book The Perricone Prescription.

When looking for a nutraceutical product to help boost your skin’s beauty, here are some ingredients to keep in mind.

  • Magnesium – encourages protein synthesis for cell regrowth
  • Copper – boosts synthesis of Keratin and Collagen, skin’s building blocks for elasticity and suppleness
  • Zinc – helps combat aging by stimulating Collagen matrix
  • Lipoic acid – prevent cellular damage through antioxidant properties
  • Beta Carotene – helps form Retinol, reverse signs of sun damage
  • Vitamin C – neutralize free radical damage, preventing photo damage
  • Vitamin E – help prevent skin thickening and wrinkling
  • Polyphenols – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
  • You can also get a youth boost by eating more foods that naturally contain these ingredients:

  • Magnesium – halibut, spinach, pumpkin seeds, okra, nuts, black beans, scallops
  • Copper – beans, legumes, barley, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, fish, dark leafy greens, lobster, crab, raisins
  • Zinc – beef, poultry, oysters, chickpeas, lima beans, cashews, peas, ginger root
  • Lipoic Acid – dark leafy green vegetables, especially spinach and broccoli
  • Beta Carotene – apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, fennel, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pumpkin, red pepper, romaine lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, winter squash
  • Vitamin C – broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus fruits, green pepper, kiwi, papaya, peaches, red cabbage, red pepper, strawberries, potatoes
  • Vitamin E – wheat germ, seeds, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, avocado, peanuts, sweet potatoes
  • Polyphenols – chocolate, coffee, grapes, nuts, oranges, strawberries, green tea, black tea, red wine
  • Ones to try:
    For thicker hair and stronger nails: Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement – Hair & Nails. It contains super-nutrients like Carotene, Wheat Germ Oil, Fish Oil and Brewer’s Yeast to help stimulate scalp circulation, which promotes healthy hair growth.

    For clearer, acne-free skin: Perricone Skin Clear Nutritional Support. Each packet of supplements is loaded with specially formulated vitamins that help stop breakouts before they can begin with B Complex, Vitamin C, Borage Oil and Omega-3.

    For free radical blocking: Dr. Brandt Anti-Oxidant Water Booster (in Blueberry, Pomegranate or Green Apple). Add a few drops to your daily water to fight free radical damage and promote younger-looking skin with potent Green Tea, White Tea and Grapeseed.

    For boosting your current skincare: BORBA Gummi Bear Boosters. These candy-like confections contain antioxidants like Green Tea and Grape Seed Extracts and a bio-vitamin complex that helps skin regenerate its natural support system, aiding in the absorption of topical skin care ingredients.

    For overall skin health and beauty: Perricone Age Prevent – Skin and Body Dietary Supplements. Supports the immune system, bone and joint function, stimulates healthy hair and nail growth and diminished fine lines through seven vitamins specially formulated with Omega-3, Calcium/Magnesium, Vitamins A, C, D, E, B-6 and B-12.