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Diet and Skin Health

by Dr. Shubhada Bichu
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Diet and skin health are closely related. Unfortunately this fact is often ignored.

There has been an avalanche of expensive collagen and vitamin supplements or so-called nutraceuticals in recent times promising a fairer complexion, improved hair growth so on and so forth.

Do these collagen and vitamin supplements work? Are they worth all the hype and all the money spent on them?

Collagen Supplements

Collagen supplements are hydrolyzed collagen. The idea of collagen supplements came from the Orient where people were boiling pigs’ feet and chicken feet and eating the collagen to improve their skin quality, the idea being that the collagen provides the framework or the building blocks for hair skin and nails.

This collagen can be obtained from any protein source and it is not necessary for a healthy individual to take collagen supplements. However, if someone has stomach acid issues or had some of their gut removed, then having an easily absorbable collagen supplement makes sense.

Vitamin Supplements

Most of the vitamin supplements targeting hair skin and nails have a cocktail of vitamins in various compositions.

The most concentrated vitamin is Vitamin A, which is definitely essential for skin health, healthy vision and immune system activities. Eating carrots daily can easily fulfil the required daily dose.

The second most common vitamin in the supplements is Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, which is necessary for tissue repair. Eating a cupful of tomatoes can ensure we get our required amount.

The third vitamin that is found in the hair skin and nail supplements is Vitamin D. It is not easily available in dietary form, so consuming Vitamin D supplements in post-menopausal women or in persons with Vitamin D deficiency is necessary. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to hair-loss, some skin diseases, myalgias, arthralgias etc. (Read ‘Vitamin D: Is it really that important?)

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Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant in the skin. Olive oil and avocadoes are rich sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin B is a large family. Of these Vitamin B7 which is biotin is found in high concentrations in the hair skin nail supplements and biotin deficiency has been linked to poor hair and nail growth. Almonds and eggs are an excellent source of biotin.

Most of the vitamins are water soluble and are excreted in urine. Buying lots of expensive vitamin supplements and taking a lot of them only leads to expensive urine!

Trace Elements

Trace elements like selenium which is an antioxidant can be obtained from Brazil nuts. Avocadoes are rich in trace minerals like copper, magnesium, iron. It is a superfood which also provides vitamin E, vitamin C.

Diet and Skin Health: The Final Conclusion

So, a skin healthy diet would include a cupful of carrots, a raw tomato, raw avocado, handful of almonds, brazil nuts, olive oil and some chicken, eggs and fish (for non-vegetarians), and some antioxidants in the form of blueberries, strawberries and unpeeled apples. This would essentially give us all the vitamins we need or you could take a vitamin supplement as per your preference.

Diet for Skin Health

(Also, read Cheers to Vegetables and Fruits!)

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