Plant-Based Foods for Skin Health: A Narrative Review.

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Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
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Keywords Skin; Photoprotection; Carotenoids; Phenolics; Antioxidants Abstract The potential role of plant-based foods in the promotion of skin health is an emerging area of nutrition research. Plant-based foods are rich in bioactive compounds, including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, polyphenols, and phenolic acids, which can contribute to oxidant defense, lower inflammation, and promote structural support of the skin. Epidemiological studies have associated higher intakes of select fruits and vegetables with positive skin health. Beneficial effects of certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and polyphenolic-rich beverages on the skin have been reported, with each of these providing a unique phytochemical composition. Although most studies use extracts, this review will focus on data from whole foods and minimally processed products. Collectively, the evidence to date suggests a promising future for plant-based dietary interventions that promote skin barrier health and function. However, additional research is required to address issues such as the optimal quality and duration of intake as well as potential mechanisms. Studies in the above areas will help formulate specific targeted dietary recommendations. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Nutrition, University of California Davis, Davis, California (2) Zen Dermatology, Sacramento, California (3) Department of Dermatology, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California (4) Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento, California (5) College of Medicine, California Northstate University, Elk Grove, California (6) Pacific Skin Institute, Sacramento, California (7) Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California * Address correspondence to: Vivien W. Fam, PhD, RDN, Zen Dermatology, 4801 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819. Article History: Received 27 April 2021; Accepted 27 October 2021 (footnote) STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST K. Sivamani serves as a scientific advisor for LearnHealth and Arbonne and as a consultant to Burt's Bees, Novozymes, Nutrafol, Abbvie, Leo, UCB, Sun and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. (footnote) FUNDING/SUPPORT There is no funding to disclose. (footnote) AUTHOR CONTRIBUTIONS V. W. Fam and P. Charoenwoodhipong collected the data. V. W. Fam created the table and figure. V. W. Fam wrote the first draft with contributions from P. Charoenwoodhipong and R. M. Hackman. V. W. Fam, R. R. Holt, C. L. Keen, R. M. Hackman, P. Charoenwoodhipong, and R. K. Sivamani reviewed, commented on, and provided further contributions on subsequent drafts of the manuscript. Byline: Vivien W. Fam, PhD, RDN [vivien@integrativeskinresearch.com] (1,2,*), Prae Charoenwoodhipong, MS (1), Raja K. Sivamani, MD, MS (2,3,4,5,6), Roberta R. Holt, PhD (1), Carl L. Keen, PhD (1,7), Robert M. Hackman, PhD (1)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A694142002