An apple a day really can keep those blemishes away – or so say www.orchardworld.co.uk

Apples for health

Apples are not going to make any internet list of sensational foods. They are very easy to find. They are not too expensive, and most people already eat them.

But apples are a really nutritious food. They are a good source of fibre. They are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and along with onions and citrus zest, they are a really good source of a plant compound called quercetin.

Quercetin is what makes the apple a component in an all-round approach to having good skin. This plant compound survives digestion. It circulates through the bloodstream and hence to the skin. In the skin (and in the nasal membranes), it binds to receptors on the cells that release histamine, the same chemical that triggers allergies. Besides therapeutic benefits, apples are also found to play a role in inhibiting ageing-related problems, preventing wrinkles and promoting hair growth (due to compound named procyanidin B-2).

For those weight-watchers, this is good new as apples are delicious source of dietary fibre and helps to aid digestion and promote weight loss.

Skinetica is also a vital part of an all-round approach to caring for your skin.

If an apple-a-day is good for you, then at Skinetica we know that twice-a-day application of our non-toxic and non-oily lotion could help you enjoy clearer skin. We also know that adding highly nuitritious foods like apples to your diet will make you feel better about the way you feed your body and that you are being good to yourself and your skin.

How might apples help to keep your skin in trim…

The beneficial ingredient in apples is the free radical fighting flavonoid Quercetin, also found in onions and citrus rinds.

Quercetin calms the skin, and also helps prevent allergies.

One apple a day is enough to provide enough Quercetin to make a difference in your skin.

Red apples contain the most Quercetin of commonly available varieties.

Organic apples are best, since the Quercetin is in the peel. Don’t forget to wash them when you bring them home from the store.

When the skin senses stress, which may be either whole-body stress of which you are very aware or skin-localized stress such as too much oil or acid in a face scrub or some irritant chemical, it generates its own stress hormones. These stress hormones activate the mast cells to release histamine.

 

You experience the release of histamine as redness, itchiness, and irritation, as pimples become more prominent and unsightly. The purpose of the release of histamine, however, is to kill skin cells and flush out any offending substance to the surface of the skin. The problem is, you can have this skin reaction with or without having encountered any offending substances. Sunburn or emotional stress can also make your skin break out. Quercetin, abundant in apples, onions, and citrus peels, slows down the process of inflammation and helps keep your skin clear.

You could just as easily go on an onion beauty diet as you can go on an apple beauty diet, but eating a lot of onions causes its own beauty and attractiveness issues. You could also boil down about 8 oz/224g grapefruit rinds for a really awful-tasting soup, or eat about half a cup of lemon zest a day, and your skin would probably get better. But apples don’t make your breath smell bad, and you probably could not deal with the bitterness in large amounts of citrus zest or citrus rinds.