Fight wrinkles with food


Forget all those expensive cosmetics and load up on cottage cheese, cabbage and seafood, says Dr. Jessica Wu, a dermatologist.

Cosmetics companies tap into our insecurities about getting older, encouraging the fear that we’ll turn into wrinkled prunes without the latest (and often very expensive) miracle cream.

While eating for younger, smoother skin won’t lift a sagging neck or tighten loose jowls (well, shucks), feeding your body the right components will help it build strong collagen (for thicker skin) and healthy elastic tissue (to keep skin more resilient).

Because collagen and elastic tissue are made of protein, it’s important to get plenty of protein in your diet by including chicken, fish, and lean meats. The major components of collagen are the amino acids glycine and proline, which are found in high concentrations in beef, lamb, and chicken breast.

You can also find glycine in pork, quail, bison, and seafood like shrimp, crab, and lobster. Cottage cheese and cabbage are additional good sources of proline.  I’m off to kill a bison and stuff a cabbage!

3 thoughts on “Fight wrinkles with food

  1. I’m commenting on your Confessions of a Worrywart. I couldn’t do it at the newspaper, so I’m taking the liberty of doing it here.

    Hey, I’m a worrywart too. am also a worrier. So much so that I wrote a book on it to see if doing the research would help. Indeed, it does. But I’m a work-in-progress. If you want to try to give up worrying for good…you may want to check out my book; I still do. It’s called THE WORRYWART’S PRAYER BOOK. It’s filled with Scripture, affirmations, anecdotes and prayers to help worrywarts get off the worry-go-round and trust God more. My favorite: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:1, 2.

    I also love the adage my husband coined, “Let there be no crisis before it’s time.”

    I also have a blog (and I worry that I don’t keep it current enough), called THE WORRYWART’S CORNER, which might help worriers. Meantime, remember, God’s in charge so give all your worries to Him. He’s the only one Who can make any sense of them.

    Have a blessed Lent.

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