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Friday, January 4, 2013

Food and Beauty Connection!

A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed turmeric 
(a flavor enhancing ingredient used in dishes) hydrated and provided 
photo-protective properties when applied topically to photo-damaged skin. 
When this extract-enriched cream was used over 6 weeks, 
researchers found significant improvements in sebum production and hydration 
on the treated skin.  
They concluded that turmeric should be considered in topical formulations for 
photo-protection and skin rejuvenation benefits.
Turmeric Curcuma longa, a perennial herb, is a member of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. 
When dried, turmeric is the ingredient that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color. 
It has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory 
and liver protectant agent. More recently, turmeric’s antioxidant properties have 
been of interest within skin nutrition research (both orally and topically). 
For the skin, the combined antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric 
make this flavor enhancing ingredient one I plan to include more often in my 
dietary and beauty regimen!




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