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grape fruit

The grapefruit is a large orange-like fruit that belongs to the citrus family. It is a somewhat “new” addition to the family, deriving from a natural cross-breeding between orange and pomelo, thus its size.

The diameter of a grapefruit, depending on its variety, can range between four and six inches. Its albedo (the white matter under the skin) is about a quarter to half an inch thick. The fruit’s skin looks like that of an orange, but its flesh comes in white, pink or red.

It is called a grapefruit simply because it grows in clusters, like grapes. The taste of a grapefruit can be bitter and sour but it has so many health benefits.


Nutritional Benefits Of Grapefruit


Grapefruit doesn’t only contain vitamin C which is commonly known to be protective against cold or flu.

It is not just one nutrient that helps prevent a certain disease, but rather the combination of all the nutrients in it that does the trick. This is the kind of synergistic nutritional power that we can find only in the way that Nature provides in our natural food.

Grapefruit peel is rich in flavonone glycosides and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs). The citrus flavonoids have recently gained increased medical attention due to its protective effects against the occurrence of cancer.

This juicy fruit also have citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral. It has high amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.

In the mineral department, larger amounts of calcium, folate, phosphorus, choline and potassium are found.

The nutritive phytonutrients of this voluptuous fruit—liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates—help fight cancer and various diseases.



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An Interesting Fact About Grapefruits

In a study using a specific variety of grapefruit, the “Rio Red”, common household processing practices were analyzed for their phytonutrient content. Grapefruits were processed by blending, juicing and hand squeezing.


Results suggest that: 
 
Grapefruit juice processed by blending had significantly higher levels of flavonoids (narirutin, naringin, hesperidin, neohesperidin, didymin and poncirin) and limonin, compared to juicing and hand squeezing!

Blending grapefruit juice also produced significantly higher levels of bergamottin. Bergamottin is an antimutagenic compound that inhibits the mutation of cells. It also inhibits CYP1A1—an enzyme that can activate some toxic compounds into cancer-causing agents.

Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C) and citric acid were significantly higher in juice processed by juicing and blending, respectively.

Hand-squeezed grapefruit juice had significantly higher contents of dihydroxybergamottin (DHB) than juice processed by juicing and blending. DHB is a compound found in grapefruit juice that although interferes with the metabolism of pharmaceutical drugs, but in actuality prevents oxidation of drugs, increasing oral bioavailability of natural nutrients present in the body.

So there you have it. Looks like blending grapefruit is a great decision if you are using grapefruit to fight cancer. To boost your immune system or to recover from a cold, juice. If generally consuming grapefruit for all its rich benefits, any way of extracting the juice is better than not consuming!

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Health Benefits Of Grapefruit Juice

When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave some of the albedo intact as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Bioflavonoids will superboost the nutrients contained in grapefruit.


High antioxidant and anticancer activities

Grapefruits have a few important phytonutrients that are powerful antioxidants. Many of the little known phytonutrients are mentioned above in their nutritional benefits.

The more commonly known antioxidants are vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and flavonones. On top of these, there are also anti-inflammatory properties, making grapefruit beneficial for fighting many ailments, even cancer.

Most of the anticancer agents found in grapefruit are in the albedo (just under the skin), so be sure to include some of the peel when juicing or blending. They were found to be particularly protective against cancers of the stomach and pancreas.


Improves blood circulation

It follows that when a fruit or a vegetable has very high content of antioxidants (and most of them do), they always make an excellent food that can help improve blood circulation.

Individuals with poor blood circulation for extended periods of time will find that their immune system is low. With poor blood flow, it sets the stage for any chronic disease to happen.

Drinking grapefruit juice regularly helps to improve blood circulation and along with that, reverses many health issues and conditions.


Treats overacidity

Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, it is really an alkaline-forming food. This has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system. An acidic environment sets the perfect environment for sickness and diseases to take a foothold. This includes overgrowth of yeasts, bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause a whole set of other health problems.


Protects heart health

Pectin in this fruit has been found to be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries, preventing atherosclerosis.

If you are not on any hypertension medication, grapefruit makes an excellent food for lowering high blood pressure. Thanks to the high content of potassium, lycopene, choline and vitamin C, grapefruit juice can regulate and normalize blood pressure.

Eating higher amounts of flavonoids-rich food such as grapefruit, may also lower the risk of ischemic stroke in both men and women.


Detoxifies liver and gallbladder

There are good reasons why grapefruit is often used in liver and gallbladder cleanse protocols. First of all, the bitter in grapefruit makes it an excellent liver support food.

Naringenin is the bitter flavonoid in grapefruit, and it has shown beneficial effects on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies are finding more and more benefits in using this compound for treatments of different liver diseases.


Strengthens the immune system

When you overwork, your body goes through a period of stress. Your immune system often takes a toll and you are more likely to catch a bug.

A common cold is your body signalling you that your immune system is low. Drink a glass of grapefruit juice regularly for its high vitamin C content, and give your immune system the extra boost to prevent any sickness coming on full-blown.


Lowers the risk of heart disease

A grapefruit a day can keep heart disease at bay. According to a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking a glass of grapefruit juice every day keeps your blood vessels healthy and lowers your risk of heart disease. This study identified flavonones as health-boosting agents commonly found in citrus fruits.

Researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem tested grapefruits for their cholesterol-lowering abilities. Participants were patients who recently had coronary bypass surgery with high blood cholesterol and had failed to respond positively to statin drugs.

The patients were divided into three groups, given servings of fresh red grapefruits, white grapefruits and no grapefruit, along with regular, balanced meals for 30 days.

It was observed that the fresh red grapefruit positively influenced serum lipid levels, especially serum triglycerides and serum antioxidant activity.

The white grapefruit also showed promising cholesterol-lowering ability although a little less than the red grapefruit. There was no change in lipid levels in patients who did not eat grapefruit.

It is interesting to note that pink to red grapefruits contain lycopene, a carotenoid that gives the fruits their colors. Eating diets rich in carotenoids have been shown to lower risks of heart disease and other diseases.

Lowers high blood pressure


There is evidence to show that grapefruit may reduce blood pressure. In a study on blood pressure in healthy, overweight adults, participants were given one half of a fresh Rio Red grapefruit with each meal (3 times daily) for six weeks.

Grapefruit consumption was associated with significant reduction in systolic blood pressure. Improvements were observed in circulating lipids, with total cholesterol and “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) significantly decreased.


Prevents insulin resistance and aids in weight loss

91 obese patients participated in a study on the effects of grapefruit on weight and insulin resistance.

They were randomized into four groups with different combinations of apple juice, grapefruit juice, fresh grapefruit, grapefruit capsules and placebo capsules.

Metabolic syndrome parameters were measured at the beginning and end of the 12-week study. After 12 weeks, it was observed that the fresh grapefruit group had lost 1.6 kg.

The grapefruit juice group had lost 1.5 kg. The grapefruit capsule group had lost 1.1 kg and the placebo group’s weight loss was insignificant.

There was also a significant reduction in 2-hour post-glucose insulin level in the grapefruit group, compared with the placebo group.

In metabolic syndrome patients, the effect was also seen with the grapefruit capsules. Insulin resistance was improved with fresh grapefruit.


Promotes sleep quality
Studies show that there is a link between lack of lycopene in your diet with two sleep problems. “Short sleep”—meaning sleeping five or less hours in the night, and difficulty falling asleep.

People with these two sleep problems generally have lower levels of lycopene in their blood than those who get quality sleep.

Pink or red grapefruits contain high levels of lycopene that promote better sleep pattern. Eating a grapefruit before bedtime will help your body get that rest it needs.


Improves digestive health

Grapefruit contains many other medicinal properties that make it an excellent food for individuals suffering from digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation, IBS, gas, bloating and the like.

Eating a grapefruit helps stimulate production of healthy stomach acid for proper digestion of food. Its high antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects help to reduce digestive discomfort from a poor diet.

When eating the fruit, eat it with its albedo and pith (the white matters under the skin) for their extra fiber that aids bowel movements.


Soothes sore throats and coughs

Taking high doses of vitamin C is a great help to boost your immune system in fighting a cough, cold and sore throat that usually come in a cluster.

Although oranges are high in vitamin C, it is not advisable to eat them when you have a sore throat due to its “warming” nature. Instead, drink freshly-extracted grapefruit juice with a little raw honey that helps to relieve sore throats and soothes coughs almost instantly.

Grapefruit Consumption Tips

Choose grapefruits as you would oranges—firm and springy to the touch. If you can, choose the pink or red variety which contain more phytonutrients, and are slightly sweeter.
Keep grapefruits at room temperature before juicing to get maximum juice yield. To prepare, quarter the fruit and peel off the skin.

Cautionary Note

Grapefruit contains high levels of flavonoid naringin that will reject synthetic man-made drugs. This is beneficial for our human cells because it helps to recognize alien compounds which should not be in our body, therefore, are treated as toxins.

The presence of grapefruits may halt the metabolism of these drugs, leaving the drugs in your body, thus creating the risk of toxic poisoning. You may have been told that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drugs that is causing the toxicity.

If you are not under medication, grapefruit juice can do a world of good. However, despite all its goodness, always remember to take only in moderation.

celery

Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.

The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.

Nutritional Benefits Of Celery


Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.

Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodised sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.

While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.


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Health Benefits Of Celery

Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.

Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer. Read on.


Some of the health benefits of celery juice:

Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.

Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Blood Pressure: Celery has organic sodium that actually reduces blood pressure rather than increases it. Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.

Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

Cholesterol:
This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Colon and stomach cancer: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diabetes:
Celery juice is an excellent drink for diabetics as it contains flavones (a type of antioxidant) that not only help to lower blood sugar levels, also prevent sugar spikes.

Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function:
Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Weight loss:
Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.

Urinary stones, breaking of:
The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium.


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Consumption Tips

Choose green celery where possible for its chlorophyll. Ensure that the ribs are still firm, not limp. To store in the fridge, keep celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag.

Do not leave it at room temperature for too long as it tends to wilt quickly. If your celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will regain its crispness.

Cautionary Note


Celery is such a succulent plant that it produces its own “pesticide” to protect itself from fungi. This protective layer is called psoralen which although protects the celery, may not go down so well with some people.

If you begin having skin problems after eating celery, it might mean that you have some sensitivity to psoralens.

Some people with low blood pressure had complained that celery makes their blood pressure even lower. I personally didn’t encounter that problem so I believe it is also your overall make-up. But, you might want to avoid celery if you have low blood pressure. Listen to your body when you eat celery.


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lemon

They are pretty, they are fragrant and they are oh so powerful. Although you may be used to lemons as a garnish to brighten up your culinary favorites, they are a nutritional powerhouse that should not be ignored as a main event. Be sure to stay stocked up on this citrus superfood and learn how you can improve your health with a simple squeeze!

Here’s the key: Lemons are healthy because they’re high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and B vitamins; they contain an impressive collection of essential minerals; they are alkalizing, detoxifying, and they’re antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory… to name a few of the many wonderful things lemons can do.

1. Lemons supercharge the immune system

Lemons bolster the immune system — it’s probably the best-known benefit of lemons, but it’s still worth discussing. The high concentration of ascorbic acid, otherwise known as vitamin C, found in lemons is an essential component of a healthy, functioning immune system. Not only that, lemons are high in potassium, which protects your brain and nerves from cellular damage. Lemons also contain saponins, which have antimicrobial properties that fight off cold and flu viruses.

Lemons discourage the excessive production of mucus in your body and make it easier to break down, meaning you’re less likely to get all gunked up and beset by coughing fits. The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C in lemon also encourage strong respiratory health and discourage respiratory conditions like asthma.


2. Lemons restore a healthy internal pH

Sure, lemons contain loads of citric and ascorbic acid, meaning they’re acidic before you eat them, but once you swallow that lemon water or pulp, these acids are broken down. The combination of minerals contained within that yellow goodness is released into your digestive system, thereby alkalizing your blood.

What’s the significance of all this pH mumbo jumbo? Well, it turns out that most common diseases occur in an acidic environment. The more acidic your blood is, the more susceptible you are to disease or sickness. Consuming lemon on a regular basis can, therefore, lower your risk of developing a disease or health condition.


3. Lemons aid in the digestion process

The acidic profile of lemons is very similar to the digestive fluids found in your stomach. Therefore, eating lemon pulp or drinking lemon juice can trick your liver into producing bile. As a result, the food you eat moves through your digestive system more smoothly and doesn’t overstress your gastrointestinal system.

The digestive benefits of consuming lemons don’t stop there. The ascorbic and citric acids found in lemons encourage your digestive system to break down foods in your stomach at a slower rate. This is good news for your health, as it means you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat and your insulin levels remain steady, rather than spiking.


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4. Lemons ward off free radicals

You’ve probably heard of these guys before (or perhaps the band, if you’re familiar with the 90s pop music scene), but you may not know what kind of havoc these little critters are wreaking in your body every single day. Free radicals are arguably one of the greatest causative factors for aging. The oxidative damage they impose results in cell death, and in some cases, the development of cancer.

The high concentration of vitamin C found in lemons is the natural enemy of free radicals. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants available to us (anti-oxidant — get it?). Vitamin C not only helps our body to heal itself faster and prevent the development of cellular mutation, but it also keeps our skin looking young and producing collagen, which ensures it stays hydrated and prevents wrinkles.


5. Lemons detoxify the body

Lemons promote the removal of toxins from the body in a number of ways. Firstly, they increase urination frequency, meaning the body can remove undesirable or harmful compounds and minerals at a faster rate. Secondly, the high level of citric acid found in lemons encourages increased enzyme production in the liver, which is the primary organ responsible for eliminating toxins from the body. So, the next time you have a few too many glasses of wine and wake up with a throbbing headache the following morning, a nice glass of warm lemon water might be just the ticket.


3 ways to use lemons for great health

Lemon water – Yes, simply adding lemon to your filtered drinking water can have dramatic positive impacts on your health. Keep fresh lemons around and add one daily to your water bottle daily. For even more benefits, try warm lemon water.

Lemon and green tea –
The dynamic duo of lemon and green tea makes not only a soothing warm drink but also an internal cleansing superstar. Add fresh lemon to warm or iced organic green tea.

Lemon and honey –
If you feel a cold or sore throat coming on make yourself a warm and delicious drink by adding the juice of fresh lemon to warm water along with a tablespoon of organic local honey.

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tumeric ginger lemonade tea

Turmeric and ginger have been used since forever. Both spices have a strong anti-inflammatry power, and you can use them to relieve your pain and many health conditions. When combined together, turmeric and ginger do wonders for your body.


Inflammation as underlying cause for many diseases


Inflammation helps the body set up a healthy balance. However, chronic inflammation may lead to serious diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and depression. Turmeric has an incredible anti-inflammatory effect, and you can use it to maintain your health at optimal level.

Health benefits of turmeric tea


Curcumin gives turmeric its color and healing power. According to Herbal Medicine, turmeric relieves gas and optimizes liver function. You can use it to reduce joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic digestive issues and abdominal pain.

Unfortunately, the body is unable to absorb curcumin on its own. Combine it with black pepper to increase its bioavailability. Piperine in black pepper increases the absorption rate of curcumin by 2000 percent.

Health benefits of ginger tea


Ginger relieves pain and reduces inflammation as confirmed in the book Herbal Medicine. Believe it or not, it’s as effective as ibuprofen. You can use it to treat arthritis-related pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, nausea, stomach cramps, and cardiovascular issues.


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Health benefits of turmeric and ginger tea 

Anti-inflammatory effect


According to the journal Advances in Pharmacological Studies, turmeric extract has been used in the treatment of swollen joints, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger has a similar effect to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when it comes to relieving pain and reducing inflammation. The good part comes when you realize that ginger has almost no side effects.


Brain health


Thanks to their antioxidant effect, turmeric and ginger improve cognitive power and prevent/treat neurological diseases.

Ginger contains 6-shogaol, a compound that gives this spice its anti-inflammatory power. Use it to reduce memory impairment and relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Turmeric has a positive neuro-effect on patients with dementia.


Digestion


A 2008 study confirmed that ginger has an excellent effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It enhances digestion, and reduces inflammation. Ginger is also used in the treatment of nausea and intestines.

Turmeric can be used as an effective remedy for irritable bowel disease, indigestion, stomach ulcers, gastroesophaegal reflux disease and Crohn’s disease.


Heart health and blood pressure

According to the International Journal of Cardiology, curcumin extract lowers the risk of blood clots, and prevents irregular heartbeat.

Ginger lowers blood pressure and prevents palpitations.


Blood circulation 

The journal Current Cardiology Reviews reported that ginger stimulates blood flow and other cardiovascular issues. Curcumin prevents oxidative stress, too.


Cholesterol issues


Combine ginger and turmeric to lower your cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease and heart attack.

This powerful duo can also boost your immunity, and help you prevent and treat cancer. According to the journal Molecules, curcumin can suppress initiation, progression and metastasis. You can use this combination to manage diabetes symptoms, promote a healthy weight loss .

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Turmeric and ginger tea recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger tea or 1/3 tsp. dried turmeric
  • 1 tsp. fresh turmeric root or 1/3 tsp. dried turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Raw honey and a lemon slice
Preparation:

First, bring a cup of water to a boil. Turn the heat off, and add in your spices. Steep for 5 minutes, and don’t forget to put the lid on. Strain and sweeten with honey. Add in your black pepper and lemon.

Caution

  • Avoid ginger and turmeric in any of the following cases:
  • You take blood thinners (drugs that prevent blood clots)
  • You use diabetes medication
  • You take medicine for hypertension
  • You deal with gallstones and kidney stones
Using large amounts of turmeric and ginger isn’t safe for pregnant women and nursing moms.
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milk,  skincare, beauty

A rich source of calcium and protein, milk usually features on the A-list of healthy foods for many of us. But if you are wondering whether milk can double up as an ingredient in your skincare routine, you are on the right track! Milk, especially when it is raw and unpasteurized or slightly fermented or sour (think buttermilk), can help your skin in many ways.


1. Fights Wrinkles

With age, not only do fine lines and wrinkles make their presence felt but your skin also becomes thinner and less firm. But sometimes, this skin aging takes place ahead of its time, due to factors like poor skin care or excess exposure to the sun. But the goodness of milk can help you fight these signs of skin aging. Milk contains an alpha hydroxy acid known as lactic acid that can boost skin health.2 According to one study, when participants used lactic acid on their skin twice a day for 3 months it reduced the appearance of wrinkles and lines, made skin smoother, and improved its firmness and thickness. Since lactic acid is formed when milk is fermented by bacteria, apply raw or slightly sour milk to make the most of this beneficial effect.


2. Works As A Gentle Exfoliator

It’s important to exfoliate skin regularly to remove dead skin cells which make your complexion dull and lifeless. Thanks to lactic acid, milk can work as a gentle exfoliator which dissolves dead skin cells, without any of the damaging effects you’d see with harsh chemical exfoliators.

Apply milk directly on your face or even add it to your bath water for a natural and gentle exfoliation treatment. If you have thick, oily skin, you may want to exfoliate 3–4 times a week. More sensitive skin calls for exfoliating just once or twice a week.


3. Revives Sun-Damaged Skin And Soothes Sunburns


Sun exposure can cause a lot of damage to your skin. It can thin out your skin, make it less elastic, and lead to wrinkles. But research shows that lactic acid can help mitigate sun damage. It results in the shedding of your epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin, thereby promoting the remodeling of skin. Studies have also found that treatment with lactic acid can increase collagen, which is a protein that imparts strength and firmness to skin. In fact, it can even help fade your suntan (more on this later).

Interestingly, milk is also recommended in the ancient science of ayurveda for soothing sunburns. The antioxidants in milk can help soothe the pain and inflammation while the fats lock in the moisture. Just dip a gauze pad in some cold milk and apply it to sun-burned skin for relief.


4. Helps Fix Uneven Skin


Freckles, brown spots, suntan, hyperpigmentation, skin disorders like melasma all have something in common. That’s melanin, the pigment which is responsible for skin color. As melanin increases, your skin gets darker.8 Excessive deposits of melanin can lead to a hyperpigmented or uneven complexion. Raw or sour milk can help here too. Studies show that skin treated with lactic acid has lower deposits of melanin.

You could even try a traditional recipe from South Asia for lightening skin. Combine raw milk or buttermilk with turmeric powder to make a thick paste and apply it to darkened or tanned skin. Rinse off once dry.10 Turmeric adds to milk’s skin-lightening power as it contains a bioactive compound known as curcumin which can inhibit the production of melanin.



5. Moisturizes Skin


Dry skin is a common problem that many of us face. Dryness can result in flaky, scaly skin that feels rough to the touch and may even itch or crack.12 Lactic acid present in milk is a powerful humectant, that is, it draws and preserves moisture and helps keep your skin supple. Meanwhile, fats present in milk can coat your skin and prevent the moisture from escaping. Milk proteins also help smoothen and soften skin, which is why they are found in the ingredient list of many cosmetic moisturizers.13 Apply some creamy full milk to your skin every day for plump, moisturized skin.


Milk In Your Diet: Effects On Skin


Healthy skin requires a nutritious diet and a balanced intake of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (minerals, vitamins).15. Milk that way is a nutritionally dense food which offers a range of nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B 12, vitamin E, and vitamin D.16 Many of these nutrients are not only beneficial but even vital for skin health. While that’s reason enough to include milk in your diet, ironically, research shows that that the dietary intake of milk can be a mixed bag when it comes to your skin.

In one study, for instance, intake of milk proteins for 3 months was associated with improved skin appearance. It helped reduce skin roughness, discoloration, and peeling or flaking of skin.17 But, on the other hand, a study that looked at dietary factors and skin aging found that lower intake of milk products was associated with less wrinkling of the skin.18 Research has also found an association between acne and the consumption of milk, especially skimmed milk. Though the mechanism through which milk might promote acne is not fully clear, growth facts and hormones present in milk are thought to be implicated.19

The bottom line? See how your body reacts to milk in general and have it in moderation. Many of the nutrients it offers can also be derived from other sources like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. So there are other ways to catch up! And needless to say, if you have a dairy allergy, steer clear of applying milk on your face or drinking it.

By Curejoy