Doctor's Note

Those same three factors—ischemia, oxidation, and inflammation—also contribute to our leading killer. See Arterial AcneBlocking the First Step of Heart Disease; and The Leaky Gut Theory of Why Animal Products Cause Inflammation. More on the power of prunes in Dried Apples Versus Cholesterol and To Snack or Not to Snack? For an extraordinary report on green tea and skin health, check out Treating Gorlin Syndrome With Green Tea.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer RiskThe Anti-Wrinkle DietBest Dried Fruit For CholesterolTreating Sensitive Skin From the Inside Out; and Diet and Cellulite.

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  • Sojuboygonevegan

    So a vegan diet with lots of high anti oxidant/inflammatory food, stay out of the sun and exercise. Sounds like the same recommendation for many of health benefits from a whole plant based diet. Right on!

  • Thank you so much dr greger for these amazing video tips! Our family has seen tremendous change in our health, for the better, from simple changes we made in our own diet. Whole plant based diet is the way to go! Thanks again..

  • Mary Asai

    We look forward to your videos daily!

  • Randy Kreill

    Another great video. No surprise that a vascular system compromised by high cholesterol will not get enough oxygen and nutrients to the skin…or that anti-oxidants help the skin. Exericise must also help oxygenate the skin of course.
    I’d like to see some studies done on vision. I’m now 50 and since going onto an all plant based diet nearly two years ago, combined with lots of minimalist and barefoot running, my vision has improved at an age where it should be getting worse. My bifocals are around here somewhere collecting dust. :~)

    • Barefoot running. Nice. I’m a Vibrams gal myself.

    • Linda

      Interesting comment…can you explain what you mean by “minimalist” here: “minimalist and barefoot running”…thanks!

  • John

    Vegan diet keeps us healthy and young looking. what a shocker. lol

  • daisy

    so peas and corn are good anti-wrinkle foods i am guessing?

  • Herehere

    Maybe any kind of veggie rich vegan diet would help in this context, and the tea is just a sidetrack (red herring).

  • Dr Who

    You’re so gay dude, speak like a man, then I’ll take you serious.

  • oxforduniversity

    I thank Dr. Greger for his incredible video’s, they are well said and explained, thankyou

  • citrus1

    Hi …any thoughts on how to help with menopausal woman who are starting to lose elasticity and tone on arms/inner elbows and forarms? for alot of woman this is a problem. Ones face can look toned and vibrant into the 50’s& 60s,70s but something about the arms start age and become loose and gelatinous before the rest of the body…any thoughts on this???

  • patti

    I have replaced butter with olive oil and its great. Would it be helpful to replace sugar with honey or just do without sweeteners altogether?

  • s noor

    Which green tea to buy? There are so many in the stores.

    • Thea

      s noor: Get the one you will drink! I suggest experimenting. I find that I don’t like plain green tea, but the flavored ones are pretty good. One of my current favorites is Moroccan Mint Green Tea by Stash. You also might look at something like Lemon Ginger green tea by Yogi.

      Good luck. I hope you find something that you like.

  • Nikky

    Any suggestions for melasma or facial skin pigmentation.

  • David Hochstettler

    Can nutrition prevent or reverse the skin thinning out and getting more fragile as commonly happens when people get in their 60’s?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      It may. I feel proper nutrition always plays a role in health and even if skin cannot be improved by a healthful diet other organs will benefit. Dr. Greger has a page on skin health and many videos. Let me know if any of these help answer your question? Thanks, David.

  • Pat Kiernan

    I like to swim for exercise. One downside, especially in winter, is
    that it dries my skin. To moisturize, I have been using olive oil, or
    coconut oil, or over the counter skin care products. Does the use of
    these oils with fats pose problems in terms of cardiovascular health?
    Are there better alternatives?

    • Billy Dee

      Pat – I think the bigger concern for you is absorption of chlorine. Chlorine, a huge oxidant, is absorbed through the skin, I would recommend taking 1 TBSP of Amla before and after the swim to counter the oxidation effect of the chlorine. I have my own pool and I use little to no stabilizer. I put the clorox, liquid chlorine, after sunset, I put a third of bottle for a 30000 gallon pool and then by afternoon the sun will burn off the chlorine and I can swim chlorine free and I doubt anything will grow in the few hours that there is no chlorine. btw my pool looks amazing and never any problems like when I used stabilizer and tablets.

      • Pat Kiernan

        Billy – Thanks for your reply and the Amla suggestion. What form of Amla is most readily available to the body? Unfortunately, I swim at a public hot springs pool — — so I don’t have control over the water treatment. Will the Amla help with dry skin that can feel itchy if I don’t moisturize? Any oil or lotion suggestions? Thank you.

        • Billy Dee

          I use Terrasoul amla from amazon, it tastes like bitter mud, but it is a super antioxidant. My comment was not related to your dry skin issue, but rather oxidation of saturated fats leading to heart disease. I would suggest continuing to use your coconut oil for the dry skin, but take the Amla before and after to increase your antioxidant levels, as I believe that swimming in chlorinated pools will decrease the antioxidant levels. Taking Amla which Dr Greger talks about in better than Goji berries video, will reduce the damage caused by the chlorine. What I was saying was that the coconut oil is not as big a concern as the chlorine that you will absorb thru your skin. I do not want you to stop swimming but rather take Amla to mitigate the chlorine.

          • RickSlade

            I use the same amla powder and I really love it. If you add it to a berry smoothie, it makes it taste fantastic. Almost like an amazingly healthy sweet tart, or sour patch kids, beverage! I have one every day and even my young daughter likes the taste…and has no idea what is in it, haha.

  • goom

    The good doc have any info about infant seborrhoeic dermatitis? Have tried many things, traditional and alternative, and still no relief…

  • Gumsvibe

    What Topical applications are best for your skin? Such as Coconut oil or Almond oil? I now understand what’s best internally for my skin but not externally.

  • luiza

    why is olive oil helpfull for the skin? it has no antioxidants and is pure fat