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Top fruits to increase beauty

January 26, 2020

The below top fruits to increase beauty can support skin health when used for beauty from within.

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1. Açaí berry

Modern science has uncovered a vast storehouse of nutrients in the açaí berry, including a high concentration of antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, along with vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Research continues to support the use of açaí to improve antioxidant status, and reduce oxidative damage.

2. Coffee berry 

The red fruit is high in beneficial antioxidants and other nutritional substances, which gives it one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values found in nature. Coffee fruit is low in caffeine, and contains riboflavin and a substantial amount of phenolic compounds. Coffee fruit powder has been shown to specifically increase levels of Nrf2. Nrf2 is a transcription factor that can benefit skin health both internally and topically. It specifically reduces inflammation, enhances barrier function, protects from ultraviolet radiation and enhances wound healing.

3. Goji berry

Goji has been treasured for centuries by the Himalayan people; the berries of the goji plant have been consumed daily by many of the world’s longest-living people. Science has isolated at least four unique polysaccharides, which are phytonutrient compounds that amplify signals between cells and improve immune defence. Goji extracts have been investigated in terms of their antioxidant status, which can help repair and regenerate nerves even with the added stress of diabetes.

Caution should be used when introducing goji as a new ingredient to skin care products since there have been reports of cross-reactivity in those who may have allergies to tomato, tobacco, nutmix and Artemisia pollen.

4. Mangosteen

A study in the Journal of Natural Medicines reported that specific xanthones isolated from mangosteen decreased advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) and inhibited protein oxidation, which may support skin integrity against the ravages of ageing. There are specific reports on the use of mangosteen directly on skin conditions. An article published in the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences describes an interesting human four-week, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, split-face study in ten acne patients, which indicated significant improvement in acne vulgaris condition on the side twice daily applied with mangostin nanoparticles. The Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition published a study which concluded mangosteen positively affects skin elasticity and moisture content, which results in improved skin condition.

5. Noni

Noni used for a variety of positive health effects and often apply the freshly squeezed juice on the skin. Research supports the use of noni internally for its immune-enhancing, anti-stress and relaxation effects. It has also been studied for UVA and UVB photoprotective activities when applied topically. One challenge to the commercial use of noni is its unusual and unpleasant aroma. Processes have been developed to overcome this issue.

6. Pomegranate

Pomegranate literally means ‘apple with many seeds’. This ancient fruit has been linked to fertility and beauty. Modern science confirms its use in topical applications due to suppression of lipid oxidation from its high ellagic acid levels and enhanced effects for sunscreens. Recent research supports the long-held belief that pomegranate juice is healthy for the heart.

These top fruits to increase beauty can act as an ingredient that can be added to skin creams, shampoos and other personal care items, and can also be used as a supplement that can be taken internally along with other health-enhancing nutrients that support skin and hair.

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