Look More Attractive, According To Science (SIMPLE TO DO!)

I was originally planning to do a follow-up video to last week’s topic of plant vs. animal protein, only this time with a focus strictly on whole foods protein sources. And, yes, the data DOES exist for those who are curious. And I WILL still be releasing that video.

In fact, most of the research has already been done, and the notes have been compiled, but I wanted to break up the monotony a bit this week. Keep things fresh. I guess I’m a bit OCD like that.

I have received requests to do more anti-aging and/or skin care videos, so here you go!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day, too, if you don’t hesitate to implement this that is. By the end of this video, you should understand why.

This video will be primarily reviewing a paper published in the journal PLoS One, which looked at the effects of daily smoothie consumption containing ingredients such as carrot juice, orange juice, and other sources of carotenoids on skin appearance. In other words… do these, quote-on-quote, “beauty smoothies” you often see blogged about really work?

The study-in-focus was conducted at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus, and it featured a sample size of 81 male and female students, relatively evenly-divided by gender, all of whom were ethnically Chinese Malaysians, with a mean age of about 20 1/2. The researchers excluded folks who were smokers, or used skin-coloring products (such as bleaches or tanners), or had illnesses (such as liver disease). The study lasted from February-to-April of 2013, and was placebo-controlled. Diet was also controlled for, and body composition as well as skin coloration were measured at four different times during the study period.

Participants in the intervention group consumed a carotenoid-rich smoothie, measuring at 500 mL, every weekday for 6 weeks. That equates to about 17 fluid ounces of smoothie. And these smoothies provided an average of 25 mg of carotenoids per day.

Within about two weeks, the subjects in the smoothie group had increased both yellow and red coloring in their skin. The red coloring being largely due to lycopene content in the smoothies. This coloration remained even after smoothie consumption had ceased.

The researchers hoped that these findings would encourage healthier eating, since appearance provides, and I quote, “a powerful motivation for improved health behaviors.” Furthermore, in Caucasian samples, increased red and yellow coloration has also been shown to enhance a “healthy appearance”.

So, it doesn’t matter if you’re of East Asian or Caucasian lineage, you can implement this routine for a positive effect.

And for those who want to make the actual smoothies used in that study, here’s the ingredient lists for all six. Two of which are already vegan, or smoothies “B” and “C”. Feel free to pause here and take notes. Also, the blends which aren’t vegan can be made vegan via simple ingredient swapping. For example, coconut milk in place of dairy milk, coconut creamer in place of dairy creamer, and agave in place of honey. You get the idea. You can even swap-out the palm oil for coconut, sweet almond, or avocado oil, as I know palm oil is controversial in the vegan community, and some vegans won’t even use certified-sustainable palm oil.

Now, along the same lines, a study presented at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology suggests carotenoids, such as lycopene, also protect the skin. You see, once they’re absorb, they accumulate in the skin, and inhibit the aging process.

And for another motivational kick: a 2011 study by Scottish psychologists demonstrated that people who possess relatively high amounts of carotenoids in their skin are considered to be MORE attractive than those with low levels.

It’s also worth noting that a 2×2 factorial design, randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled Finnish study, with a sample size of 29,103 male participants, which lasted 31 years, found that having higher beta-Carotene levels in your blood is associated with lower overall, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other causes of mortality.

And the researchers had adjusted for factors such as age, cigarettes smoked per day, years of smoking, beta-Carotene intake, alpha-Tocopherol intake, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, serum total and HDL cholesterol, history of CVD, BMI, physical activity, history of diabetes, caloric intake, education level, and daily intake of fruits, vegetables, fat, red meat, alcohol, fiber, and cereals.

Now, granted, that paper had only looked at Finnish male smokers, so further research needs to be conducted on women, nonsmokers, and other ethnic groups. But, nonetheless, it appears that having higher beta-Carotene levels in your blood is associated with all around better health and greater longevity.

So, eat your fruits and veggies! According to science, you’ll look younger, look healthier, BE healthier, live longer, and improve your chances of securing a mate.

Sorry, Carnivores, but this one’s clearly NOT for you!

For that matter… nor is smelling attractive, apparently.

And I covered the topic of meat consumption and body odor in a video from last April. Do check it out, it’s linked below.

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

REFERENCES

My video “What’s That Smell?! Oh, You Eat Meat…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUNM2c-lKDs

Daily Consumption of a Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Alters Facial Skin Color.
http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0133445

Tomato dishes ‘may protect skin’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7370759.stm

Carotenoid and melanin pigment coloration affect perceived human health
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.09.003

Serum Beta Carotene and Overall and Cause-Specific Mortality https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313409

The effect of meat consumption on body odor attractiveness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16891352

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