An active component in turmeric, curcumin, has been used medically to treat a variety of dermatologic diseases, naturally promoting healthy skin. Research shows curcumin is helpful in the treatment of some inflammation-based skin problems, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. This capacity to promote healthy skin is likely due to curcumin’s ability to bind, and stop pathways that activate inflammation (TNF-alpha production by macrophage, IL-2). Since inflammation is linked with aging, a process called ‘inflamm-aging’, researchers are looking into the anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin and its potential to promote healthy skin as we age. More research is needed to determine the ideal route of administration, dosage, and duration. Curcumin is not a very easily absorbed nutrient. In the meantime, it’s always a tasty choice to fit some turmeric-rich dishes into your meal plans or cuddle up with a warm turmeric latte.
This essential mineral is an anti-inflammatory, and well-known supporter of skin wound healing. Zinc plays a pivotal role in the normal function of healthy skin. Yet, are you getting enough? Since oysters aren’t a common staple at convenient stores or drive-thrust, and they are the food that contains the most zinc per serving, it’s important to look for other sources to ensure you’re getting enough. Red meat and poultry are animal-based sources of zinc. But, it’s always a good idea to reach for plant-based foods whenever possible. Chickpeas, lentils, beans, nuts, and seeds are sources of healthy skin promoting zinc. Nuts and seeds are full of nutrients, besides zinc that supports healthy skin, including omega-3s. Plus, nuts and seeds can improve blood flow – they contain the amino acid arginine which helps relax blood vessels. Healthy skin needs good blood flow.