Friday, February 22, 2008

Blueberry As Both A Superfood And Skin Care Treatment According To Dr. Perricone

By: David Maillie

Often times, when we think of superfoods we think of spinach, grapes, green tea
and other vegetables and extracts that are primarily listed for their levels of
antioxidants. Did you know that the blueberry is one of the most nutritious and
powerful superfoods? According to Dr. Perricone, one of the worlds foremost skin
care experts, “Blueberry along with the acai berry have one of the highest known
levels of antioxidants of any food.” Higher than red wine and green tea
combined. It is full of amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, and essential
fatty acids. Whole, fresh blueberries are best, but pure blueberry juice and
combination blueberry and pomegranate juice can be found at your local grocery
store in the produce section.

Blueberries have many uses as blueberry extract
has been used in ancient herbal and medicinal treatments for thousands of years.
Many skin care treatments now use blends of blueberry extracts along with other
herbs to help revitalize the skin and hasten healing. These treatments have been
clinically proven to decrease healing time for skin peels (especially deeper
skin peels like the TCA skin peel). They have also shown marked ability at
reducing scarring in wound and burn treatment, although more research is needed.

Dr. Perricone in his best selling book The Perricone Prescription states that
for optimum skin care one should regularly eat high antioxidant foods like
blueberry, acai, pomegranate, and spinach. These foods with their high
concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients help combat and can even reverse
the aging process. With the right diet full of antioxidant rich foods one can
virtually stop wrinkles in their tracks. A good diet along with a good skin care
regimen can produce amazing results. A good skin care regimen includes a mild
cleanser (no soap as it is too harsh and will dry out your skin), a moisturizer
packed with antioxidant extracts, and skin peels to increase exfoliation and
reduce oily build up (which can lead to acne). It is also a good idea to use a
high spf sun protectant.

The leading medical colleges are currently researching high percentage
antioxidant extracts like blueberry for anti cancer properties and possible and
promising treatments. In clinical settings there is evidence that these
antioxidant rich foods do have a marked effect on several types of cancer. In
addition to anti cancer properties, the blueberry has shown an positive effect
on the nervous system, and increase in cognitive function and reasoning, and an
increase in muscle function and regeneration. Truly the blueberry has many
current and promising functions and, as a superfood like acai according to Dr.
Perricone, should be made a staple of every diet for additional health, great
skin care and longevity.

David Maillie is a chemist with over 12 years experience in biochemical
research, clinical analysis and skin care. For more information on TCA peels for
in home use and great anti-aging products and ideas please visit

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