The finding of foods from natural sources has been a dream of scientists and scholars since ancient time. Socrates Said,” Let foods be your medicine and let medicine be your foods”. Let all of us exercise the values of the past wisdom to build a letter living and living health while enjoining these delicious drinks.
Scientists may have found the combination of natural sources with promising potential in foods for treatment of skin aging, some scientists suggested
The Anti Aging smoothie
Yield: 2 servings (about 8 ounce each)
1/2 cup wolfberry
1 cup avocado and 4-6 ice cubes
1 cup green tea drink (Make from 4 grams(2 tea bags) of green tea, a slice of ginger and a cup of hot water lipped for 5 minutes, and set aside for cooling to room temperature)
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree about 1 minute
2. Blend on high speed about 1 minute or until the mixture is thick and the ice is well crushed. Add more green tea drink if needed
3. Serve immediately.
Skin aging is one of most visible process which occurs constantly in our skin organ.
According to the Clinical Centre of Nis, certain plant extracts may have the ability to scavenge free radicals, to protect the skin matrix through the inhibition of enzymatic degradation, or to promote collagen synthesis in the skin, affected skin elasticity and tightness(1).
Wolfberry is the common name for the fruit of two very closely related species, the genus of Lycium, belongings to family Solanaceae, native to native to southeastern Europe and Asia.
The fruits inhbit anti ageing by improved skin SOD activity, reduced skin MDA contents, and increased Hyp content activities(2).
On nonenzyme glycation in D-galactose induced mouse aging model, achyranthes bidentata polysaccharide (ABP) and lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) found in wolfberry improved skin ageing through superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity(3).
Furthermore, the extreme day cream (EXD) and extreme night treatment (EXN), includong wolfberry, attenuated biological effects of skin photo-damage through reduction of cell apoptosis in the epidermis of skin organ cultures and pro-inflammatory cytokine(4).
Green tea has been a precious drink in traditional Chinese culture and used exceptional in socialization for more than 4000 thousand years. Because of their health benefits, green tea have been cultivated for commercial purposes all over the world.
Oxidative damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays a major role in skin ageing. Green tea extracted showed to inhibit the toxic ROS-induced skindeath, through protection from H(2)O(2)-induced necrosis in a dose-dependent manner(10), improvement of the anti-wrinkle effects, through its antioxidant activity(5), skin roughness, through moisturizing effects and enhancement of skin microrelief(6) and inhibition of skin inflammation for managing allergic contact dermatitis without skin toxicity(7).
Combination of topical application of green tea and lotus, exhibited an anti aging effect on skin roughness (SEr), scaliness (SEsc), smoothness (SEsm), and wrinkling (SEw)(8) and composition of a formulation containing 20 % green tea extract and 5 % rose oil, exhibited a skin barrier function for maintaining skin hydration, and protecting against anti-aging process(9).
Avocados are a commercially valuable fruit and are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world, it is a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting and native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, belongings to the flowering plant family Lauraceae.
In growing rats fed with diets containing 10% (w/w) of the tested avocado oils, showed to increased soluble collagen content due to a result of a consequence of the inhibition of lysyl oxidase activity(11).
Taking altogether, we should all drink this smoothie as much as we we can to prevent the early onset of ageing. Diet and lifestyle change are also recommended.
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(1) Skin ageing: natural weapons and strategies by Binic I1, Lazarevic V, Ljubenovic M, Mojsa J, Sokolovic D.(PubMed)
(2) A study of Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) extraction technology and its anti-aging effect by Yi R1, Liu XM, Dong Q.(PuBMed)
(3) Inhibiting effects of Achyranthes bidentata polysaccharide and Lycium barbarum polysaccharide on nonenzyme glycation in D-galactose induced mouse aging model by Deng HB1, Cui DP, Jiang JM, Feng YC, Cai NS, Li DD.(PubMed)
(4) Photo-damage protective effect of two facial products, containing a unique complex of Dead Sea minerals and Himalayan actives by Wineman E1, Portugal-Cohen M, Soroka Y, Cohen D, Schlippe G, Voss W, Brenner S, Milner Y, Hai N, Ma’or Z.(PubMed)
(6) The use of green tea extract in cosmetic formulations: not only an antioxidant active ingredient by Gianeti MD1, Mercurio DG, Campos PM.(PubMed)
(7) Human skin safety test of green tea cell extracts in condition of allergic contact dermatitis by Kim HK1, Choi SY, Chang HK, Baek SY, Chung JO, Rha CS, Kim BJ, Kim MN.(PubMed)
(8) Combined topical application of lotus and green tea improves facial skinsurface parameters by Mahmood T1, Akhtar N.(PubMed)
(9) Design and in vivo evaluation of emulgel formulations including green teaextract and rose oil by Yapar EA, Ynal O, Erdal MS.(PubMed)
(10) Green tea extract protects human skin fibroblasts from reactive oxygen species induced necrosis by Silverberg JI1, Jagdeo J, Patel M, Siegel D, Brody N.(PubMed)
(12) Effect of semisolid formulation of persea americana mill (avocado) oil on wound healing in rats by de Oliveira AP1, Franco Ede S, Rodrigues Barreto R, Cordeiro DP, de Melo RG, de Aquino CM, E Silva AA, de Medeiros PL, da Silva TG, Góes AJ, Maia MB.(PubMed)
(13) Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells by Rosenblat G1, Meretski S, Segal J, Tarshis M, Schroeder A, Zanin-Zhorov A, Lion G, Ingber A, Hochberg M.(PubMed)