Bowl of fresh blackberriesLocal Dermatologist Jason Solway, DO of Sansum Clinic was the lead author on a recently published research article in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology titled, “Diet and Dermatology: The Role of a Whole-food, Plant-based Diet in Preventing and Reversing Skin Aging—A Review.” Through a comprehensive MEDLINE (PubMed) literature review, the researchers studied how dietary factors, with a focus on antioxidants and gerontotoxins and their role in anti-inflammation and inflammation, may effect telomere length, a marker for cellular aging.

The researchers found, “A WFPB diet maximizes the antioxidant potential within our cells by providing essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and E. It also helps to eliminate harmful carcinogens and gerontotoxins within our bloodstream and has been shown to lengthen telomeres, which prevents cellular damage.”
Foods with the most antioxidant value for skin health were also noted. Green vegetables and berries have the most antioxidants of any vegetable and fruit, respectively, with darker colors translating to higher antioxidants. “Regular consumption of antioxidant-rich foods can prevent the circulation of oxidized fats in the bloodstream, which can damage the sensitive walls of small blood vessels.” The article also discusses the role of healthy fats in skin health and makes recommendations on the best sources and cooking methods for nutrient concentration and antioxidant potential.

Read the full article here!


Solway J, McBride M, Haq F, Abdul W, Miller R. Diet and Dermatology: The Role of a Whole-food, Plant-based Diet in Preventing and Reversing Skin Aging-A Review. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2020;13(5):38-43.

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