A study in the Journal of the American Aging Association made it clear: People with higher blood sugar look older than those with lower sugar levels.
Yep, too much sugar in your diet can wrinkle you up like prune.
Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D., an integrative physician and director of the Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, puts it bluntly in the November ’12 Prevention: “Sugar is poison for the skin.”
He explains that it has to do with AGEs–seriously, that’s what they’re called–advanced glycation end products. Sugar helps form these AGEs that gobble up collagen protein in your skin so it begins to sag.
And sagging leads to wrinkles.
Bottom line: Minimize your sugar consumption to ward off old-looking skin. Save it for your one Victory Day each week. (If you have a sweet tooth or need sweetener in your coffee or oatmeal, try stevia, a natural plant source.)
I’ve also mentioned three skin-smoothers and wrinkle-reducers…
1) Vitamin C. It can increase growth hormone naturally. (GH is the anti-aging hormone in your body that fortifies hair, immunity and even fat loss.) Vitamin C also supports collagen integrity in your skin.
2) Protein. It boosts metabolism, fortifies muscles AND builds skin collagen. In fact, collagen IS protein. (Steve and I supplement with BioTrust LowCarb protein once or twice a day, which helps build skin collagen.)
3) Pycnogenol. According to a recent study published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine, this antioxidant extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees has been shown to reduce wrinkles and help revitalize skin collagen (100 milligrams a day).
But the biggie is to limit processed sugar. You’ll get leaner, look younger and protect your heart (more on that last one in a future blog).
Train smart, be well, live long.
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