The Truth About Eating Antioxidant Foods For Your Skin

“Hi everyone. I’m @dermdoc. It’s been 3 weeks since my last acai berry shake.”

It’s been 4 months since I ate a blueberry. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a shot of pomegranate juice. Back when I was consuming 18 pounds of antioxidants a day, I used to look like this.

Now look at me.

Don’t let this happen to you! Eat your blueberries (only wild, please). Snack on some walnuts (just the red ones). And don’t forget your green tea (the white kind only). Otherwise you’ll be a wrinkled, spotted, mess; plus, you’ll die of a heart attack.

I love food. I love to eat local farmers’ market produce, I eat lots of fish and olive oil, and I even drink an occasional smoothie. But I don’t eat this way because it keeps me looking young. I eat real food because I enjoy it, because it tastes good, and because it makes me feel good. There are health benefits to eating well, including perhaps some advantages for your skin. But commonly held beliefs that eating antioxidant-rich foods will keep you looking young and cancer-free are still far from being scientifically proven.

So if you’re feeling guilty because your tightened family budget doesn’t allow you to buy the latest antioxidant berry, then stop it. Below is a list of all the scientific research (in people) that showed eating antioxidant-rich foods made people look younger, smoothed their wrinkles, or reduced their risk for skin cancer:

Yup. That’s all of them.

“Eat real food. Mostly plants. Wear your sunscreen.” – @dermdoc

Photos: Leedav (berries) and Tetsumo (old man), both from flickr.

19 thoughts on “The Truth About Eating Antioxidant Foods For Your Skin”

  1. Kathryn Fenner says:

    White tea is made from a different part of the plant than green tea–two different but very good things….

  2. Love your sense of humor, doc! Wearing sunscreen is very important, glad to hear you reiterate it.

  3. So funny! It would be great if the food producers would pony up some money for a study to back their claims. Why is it that the foods that are high in antioxidants cost so much more than other foods?

  4. Thanks for your honest opinion and your humor. It’s nice to know that you support what really matters, eat real food becuase it’s good for you and because it tastes good, but don’t feel guilty about not spending your whole paycheck on the newest food craze.

  5. Isn’t amazing how at one time a food is great for you then 5 years later it is something else. Seems like a lot of good marketing to me. Good question why are high anitoxidant foods so expenseive?

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  7. Can we only look good if we have lots of money? What about cost effective alternatives to these antioxidants?

  8. Ah, that’s my point. Many of these antioxidants are expensive and there is little to no evidence that they do anything. You certainly can stick to “ordinary” antioxidant-rich foods like regular blueberries, green tea, dried fruits, grapes, red beans, etc. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, try to eat local produce when available, and don’t worry much about keeping up with the latests antioxidant hype.

  9. Why only “wild” blueberries? Can’t we still eat the regular blueberries you can purchase from the grocery store or market?

  10. Antioxidants for skin, such as beta carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, along with poly-phenols and Omega-3 fatty acids will nourish our skin from the inside out.

  11. They are good for you and most can be found in common grocery items. Thanks for adding to this post.

  12. @daphne
    Absolutely! I think there is a little too much emphasis on (expensive) so-called super antioxidants and not enough emphasis on just eating good fruits and veggies like blueberries, tomatoes, etc.

  13. Dr.Amiya Prasad tells that “all that is good for your heart are good for your skin”.

  14. Christina Morris says:

    Love your blog! Love your humor! Love the TRUTH!

  15. Maria Jose says:

    Do you know Mediterranean diet?

  16. liking the knowledge u guys are providing

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