Dr. Perricone’s prescription for healthy skin? Eat. This may seem counterintuitive, but MD Perricone says, “A lot of research has found that certain nutrients make you more attractive and that some do so within a matter of days.” Read on to find out what MD Perricone foods will fix your skin problems.
If you’re worried about wrinkles, berries are for you. Why? Berries, especially raspberries, have tons of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps produce collagen, the key to a wrinkle-free face.
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body. It forms the connective tissue that holds cells together, making them firm. This firmness, matched with the elasticity provided by elastin, keeps skin tight and wrinkle-free.
As you age, collagen production wanes, leaving skin less firm. MD Perricone prescribes increasing your skin’s collagen production by including raspberries in your everyday diet.
MD Perricone’s theory of aging revolves around the idea of inflammation. Inflammation takes place on the cellular level and is caused by many factors including stress, sickness, diet, and the environment. Inflamed cells speed up the aging process, causing the skin to wrinkle and sag, and the body to lower its resistance to age-related diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.
How can you stop inflammation? MD Perricone prescribes eating at least 1 serving of watercress per day. Watercress contains heaps of antioxidants, MD Perricone’s key to decreasing inflammation and pore size. The iron in watercress will also give your skin an extra glow.
Even though you may have dreaded eating asparagus as a child, MD Perricone says they’re the key to staying young. How? Asparagus is teeming with glutathione, the chief antioxidant responsible for keeping skin young and healthy.
Naturally produced in skin cells, glutathione neutralizes the free radicals that damage cells. Unfortunately, glutathione levels decrease with age, which shows in sagging, dull skin. MD Perricone says replenishing glutathione levels helps to make skin brighter and younger looking.
MD Perricone prescribes eating glutathione-filled asparagus as much as possible. Don’t like asparagus? Then apply Acyl-Glutathione to skin every morning and night.
If you’re interested in finding out more about healthy skin foods, check out MD Perricone’s new book, Forever Young.