antioxidants

Nuts for Nuts

I recently came across a meta-analysis regarding nut consumption and health outcomes.  Meta-analyses are generally far better regarded than several studies alone, as they look for general trends across many studies.  This includes looking for inconsistencies in data, conflicts of interest, or how well the study’s authors controlled for variables.

Daily nut consumption was shown to be associated with a 22% reduced risk of all-cause mortality, 30% reduced likelihood of coronary heart disease (when arteries become hardened and narrowed), and a 40% reduced risk of DYING from diabetes.

So what were the key points, and how might it relate to acne?  First of all, 20 grams of nuts per day maximizes benefit.  Anything above that provides no further benefit.  This amounts to a handful, or a little less (I have big hands, just like Donald Trump).  I personally got out my gram-scale and weighed nuts, just to get a general idea as to how much 20 grams is.  Brazil nuts weighed about 3 ounces, so it would take 7 per day to achieve 20 grams.  Walnuts were heavier than I had assumed, as it was about half a handful of walnuts to reach 20 grams.

According to the analysis, nuts are helpful because they are “high in fibre, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats”.  The study’s author also notes that “Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk. Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fibre and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.”

Looking at biomarkers for acne patients, they tend to be deficient in certain polyunsaturated fats and various antioxidants.  It seems prudent to include a handful of nuts in your daily diet.  I personally eat only 2 meals per day and then have a handful of nuts mid-afternoon.  This has worked out well for me, as I save time and money.  I also feel fine doing it.

 

Micronutrient Test #2: Antioxidants and Acne Revisited

*We are working on a better format for this website.  In short it is a collection of lab tests aimed at identifying the root cause of acne.

Spectracell 2 online

Date: 7/10/13

Lesions: 15

Medications/Diet/Supplements: NAC 1600 mg, Standard Multivitamin, Typical American Diet, Beef Liver 1x per week, Vit. D 5000 IU

There is definitely a correlation with acne, although low antioxidants can also lower Testosterone and DHT, so it could even out.  But in general, acne and low antioxidants tend to correlate in my experience.

It does seem as if this is not the root cause, because simply taking NAC or vitamin E did not do much by way of eliminating acne.

Spectracell #1: Antioxidants have a relationship with Acne

*This site is very new, so bear with me as I get a better format.  All the tests are in chronological order, so ideally start from the oldest posts and work your way back!

Test Date: 1/25/2013

Number of Lesions at time of test: 13

Medications/Supplements/Diet:

  • Beginning Gluten-free diet (otherwise Standard American Diet)
  • Viibryd (SSRI) 20 mg.
  • Zyrtec 10 mg most days
  • Animal Pak multivitamin (contains ginseng)
  • vitamin D 5000 IUs
  • B-12 1000 mcg.

Spectracell Jan 2013 online (Click to see blood test results – pdf form)

Retinol (Vitamin A) and acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/139912
Retinol Binding Protein may be a smart blood test to get done (I have not had a serum vitamin A test yet, but would be interested in results).
Started eating calf liver weekly due to the semi-low levels of Retinol after this test.

There are quite a few studies on low levels of antioxidants and acne.
Here is one discussing the low glutathione and acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21896138
By simply taking antioxidants there is very little benefit to acne, although as antioxidant status declines acne increases (over time).

After this test and discontinuation of Viibryd the antioxidant levels diminished (6 months later).