“For thousands of years, food has been used for medicinal purposes. Now there is evidence that food, and antioxidants within, can also be used to fight visible signs of aging. Let me review a few powerful foods and how they help prevent aging.”

“Chocolate, always a favorite. The cocoa bean from which it is derived is a rich source of antioxidants. The polyphenols in cocoa have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties while the methylxanthines help shrink broken capillaries and decrease redness. Eat dark chocolate for a higher dose of antioxidants. “Mushrooms. All types of mushrooms have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Eaten raw or cooked, they can help control free radical damage which leads to the breakdown of collagen, a direct cause of wrinkling and sagging skin.

“Blueberries, another antioxidant powerhouse. Blueberries contain vitamin C and phyto-nutrients called anythocyanins (found in the berries’ blue pigment). In addition to the antioxidants, blueberries may help prevent collagen breakdown — the primary cause of facial wrinkles and sagging.

“I take a holistic approach to treating aging. While my in-office treatments consist mainly of injections (Botox and fillers), laser treatments (Fraxil, IPL, and Thermage), and carefully chosen procedures, I also advise my patients on what they can do at home to help prolong their treatments and slow the aging process in general.

“I have a deep personal interest in nutrition, and I’m pleased that my care for what I eat dovetails so nicely with my work.”

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