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Preventing Wrinkles with Diet

What dietary intervention may significantly protect against wrinkles in the crow’s foot area around the eyes?

November 20, 2012 |
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Eating healthier can produce healthier skin, but people don't care about microscopic changes.   What about overt visible-to-the-naked eye changes? The extent of facial wrinkles in the crow’s-foot area was determined by observation using the Daniell scale in 716 women. This is the scoring system they're talking about. It's a scale of 1 through 6, six being the worst. So, what seemed to help the most? “In the present study, a higher intake of green and yellow vegetables was associated with decreased facial wrinkling. Those eating   less than a serving of green and yellow vegetables averaged a three; those eating two or more servings a day, averaged a two. What really excited the researchers was the potential for these studies to promote a healthy diet. I mean eating fruits and vegetables to prevent cancer and heart disease—who cares, but wrinkles on the other hand…

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Ashley Rhinehart, RN.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Make sure you see the "prequel" to this video Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep. For other videos on appealing to vanity to get people to eat healthier, see Golden Glow, Produce, Not Pills to Increase Physical Attractiveness, and Rosy Glow. Want to know what else green vegetables can do? I've got 45 videos on greens. A few of my faves include Prevent Glaucoma and See 27 Miles Farther, Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells, and Kale and the Immune System.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts:  The Anti-Wrinkle DietTreating Sensitive Skin From the Inside Out, and Diet and Cellulite 

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  • Dan Yetter

    Dr. Greger has one of the most delightful senses of humor that I know. Bless him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garth-Davis/733916723 Garth Davis

    Crack me up. Same thing I see with my patiens. No one wants to prevent cancer or live longer, but lose weight and look better, now you are talking!

    • http://www.facebook.com/roby.mitchell Roby Mitchell

      Same here. There are those who want to prevent disease,but you get a lot more interest when you connect it to cosmetic effects.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenton.mullins Kenton R. Mullins

    i’m on board !

  • Donna

    Wrinkles, yep I get it. Way more compelling a reason to eat healthy, ha ha. Reminds me of when I went to see my chinese herbalist because of hair loss due to perimenopause. After telling him details about my terrible symptom, he asked me, “Do you have mood swings, irregular periods, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, any other symptoms?” I said yes to everything. He laughed and said, “Women don’t care about any of those but they care about their hair!” (Chinese herb “Foti” tablets worked wonders for my hair BTW.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/diane.krstulovich Diane Krstulovich

      I’ll look for them – thanks!

  • Hakan_IB

    Thanks for your amazing site! Dr. Greger, do you know how to get rid of facial Seborrheic dermatitis? Regards/ Håkan from Sweden.

  • http://twitter.com/ReneeMBM Renée MBM

    Veganism: cheaper than cosmetic surgery! Excellent selling point… although a bit sad!

  • Jo Irwin

    Plant based lifestyle is THE anti-aging fix; heals inside and out.

  • Slim_Langer

    Be sure to use more pictures of dogs! ;)

  • Herehere

    This is very interesting research! I will share it with my acquaintances who inject themselves with botchulism toxin (botox). Personally, I think crows feet suggests a happy, jovial person in mid-life, but maybe it just means they don’t eat enough greens/yellows. I guess I need to increase my intake of these, too. Even as a vegan, I find getting in the greens a bit of a struggle, due to laziness and nothing else. Any cure for laziness out there?! (Just joking, I know, it is all in my attitude).

    • b00mer

      I too have the same dietary deficit. I eat pretty healthy- low fat vegan with tons of veggies, but eating those dark green leafies always feels like a chore. BUT I have come across a couple tools that have made it a lot easier to up my intake. One is the “Simple Green Soup” recipe by Anna Thomas on NPR, the other is the kale chips by Happy Herbivore (she doesn’t use oil). You can use any greens you want in the soup- I use kale and spinach, and also add garlic and rosemary as well. Next I’m going to experiment with kale, bok choy, garlic, and ginger. It’s a really great base recipe for getting creative. I would love to get used to eating big raw kale salads everyday, but for now the soup and chips will have to do. I hope these ideas help! :)

      • http://twitter.com/CocoBliss1 Coco Bliss

        Try a green smoothie every morning ;)

    • anonymous

      feeling lazy about eating green veg? juice them and get all the concentrated goodness!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chell.atchley Chell Atchley

    Great info…I’m already eating a plant-based diet for health reasons, but the vanity side of it is alive and well! Can you explain why this is – not my vanity but rather the prevention of wrinkles…grin? What causes the skin to retain it’s youthful properties when eating this way….or maybe a better question would be, what is the mechanism that causes earlier wrinkling? And is this earlier skin aging an outward expression of what is potentially happening internally?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chell.atchley Chell Atchley

      Oops…just watched the other video you suggested, Beauty is no more than skin deep and it was helpful. Thanks!

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

      Congrats on eating a plant based diet hopefully with Vitamin B12 supplementation. As a physician I note marked improvement in just several days when patients go on a McDougall type diet(starch centered whole plant based diet). This short term improvement is most likely secondary to improved circulation courtesy of the Nitrous Oxide system see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-power-of-no/. The long term prevention of wrinkles seemed to be related to intake of green and yellow vegetables, monounsaturated fats and legumes. Most of the effect was due to dried fruits, apples and tea possibly due to polyphenols. Of course as a plant based person you avoid milk and milk products which tends to increase wrinkling. Your skin does reflect what is going on internally so continue eating a whole food plant based diet. Be well.

  • Sharon

    Hi, I’m vegan and I understand from these videos how eating a plant based diet is important for my skin…my question : Does using retinol have a negative effect on my health?

  • Steve

    I went vegan 2 years ago after being vegetarian for almost 20 years, at the same time I cut right down on my use of olive oil and other concentrated vege fats after reading Dr Essenden’s book about avoiding heart attacks. I have always been on the thin side, but lost another 2 or 3 kilo’s and now have a terribly wrinkly face and look about 10 years older than I am. I am not a good advertisement for Veganism as everyone assumes I am thin and wrinkly due to lack of animal protein! I feel fine and excercise plenty, but sleep poorly. So what is the answer please!????

  • Karina

    Which yellow and green vegetables would be best for wrinkle prevention?

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.krstulovich Diane Krstulovich

    thanks for making us all feel like fools (pass the broccoli, please)

  • lovestobevegan

    Greens With Envy

    – 10 lettuce leaves, torn into pieces
    – 3 fronds organic* kale, destemmed and torn into pieces
    – 1 green pepper, diced
    – 1 small summer squash, cut into half moons
    – 1 small cucumber, diced
    – 3 slices onion, chopped
    – ½ avocado, diced
    – 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
    – 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
    – 1 slice lemon
    – black pepper
    – sea salt

    Combine all ingredients except lemon, pepper and salt. Toss ingredients and squeeze lemon slice over top and mix in lemon pulp. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Makes one meal-sized serving or two side salads.

    *Kale may contain pesticide residues of special concern so choose organic. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

    ~Complements of lovestobevegan