Beauty is More than Skin Deep

Proper circulation is important for skin health, because it ensures the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to skin tissue.

Availability of the right nutrients is also crucial.

A new study, conducted by researchers at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, confirms the findings of previous research: Juice Plus+ improves markers of skin microcirculation, thus supporting healthy skin. In addition, it decreases markers of systemic oxidation and inflammation.

For this study, 42 obese, non-smoking pre-menopausal women were randomly assigned to take either Juice Plus+ Garden, Orchard, and Vineyard Blends (two capsules of each per day) or placebo (six capsules identical in appearance to the Juice Plus+ capsules) for eight weeks.

At the beginning and end of the study, markers of microcirculation were assessed at a skin depth of 2mm. The researchers also measured blood samples for markers of oxidative stress and inflammation.

The fact that the women were obese is significant, because carrying extra pounds causes structural and functional changes in skin microcirculation (as well as increasing oxidative stress and inflammation). In fact, the more excess weight a person carries, the more micro-vascular function becomes impaired. The researchers were curious to see if Juice Plus+ could help counteract this tendency.

Juice Plus+ positively impacts skin microcirculation

Eight weeks later, the results were clear. Compared to placebo, supplementing with Juice Plus+ significantly improved all three markers of skin microcirculation measured: capillary blood flow, oxygen saturation of hemoglobin, and the relative concentration of hemoglobin. All of these markers positively influence skin color. In addition, the Juice Plus+ group experienced significant improvements in several markers of oxidative stress and inflammation, while the placebo group did not — a change the researchers referred to as “remarkable.”

The results of this study build on previous research conducted at the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany, and published in  Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, which found that Juice Plus+ increases skin microcirculation in healthy middle-aged women by 39 percent, and boosts skin hydration and thickness.

Juice Plus+ contains micro-nutrients that support skin health 

It’s been said that you can tell a lot about someone’s internal health by the health of their skin, and research supports this bit of common wisdom. When the skin is deprived of essential nutrients, unfavorable changes to skin physiology may occur, and skin disorders may develop. Inadequate dietary intake of nutrients, as well as poor microcirculation, can both negatively affect skin health.

Fruits and vegetables are natural reservoirs of vitamins and phyto-nutrients that play a role in skin health, and they have been shown to provide UV protection and improve skin structure and texture. By providing the vitamins and phyto-nutrients of an array of concentrated fruits, vegetables, and berries, Juice Plus+ delivers nutrition for skin health and improves skin microcirculation.

drray“We’ve seen the clinical data showing that Juice Plus+ reduces free radical damage and improves the immune system and the cardiovascular system,” explains Mitra Ray, Ph.D., a biochemist, lecturer, and co-author of Do You Have the Guts to Be Beautiful? (Shining Star Publishing, 2009). “What is really exciting, though, is that as your inside becomes healthier, this eventually shows up in your skin as well.”

Among other markers of skin health, the German study analyzed the impact of Juice Plus+ on skin density and thickness, which Dr. Ray says is very important. “Increased density and thickness indicate that the structural components that make up the skin are healthier at the molecular level,” she elaborates. “Because the skin exfoliates so often, this means that the new cells coming to the skin are healthier and more resilient.”

The German researchers also measured the skin’s properties as a barrier to water loss – hydration being another key link in Dr. Ray’s skin/nutrition chain. “The skin’s ability to stay more hydrated has the effect of making wrinkles look less visible. I personally noticed this in the fine lines on my forehead.”

Dr. Ray thinks this all just makes good nutritional sense. “Improved plant nutrition helps increase ‘microcirculation’ through the tiny capillaries that come almost to the very surface of the skin. This translates to better skin color and tone – what people refer to as a ‘healthy glow.’

The “Beauty of Juice Plus+” has been featured on Lifetime TV.

Dr. Ray, a longtime proponent of Juice Plus+, has seen the positive impact of taking Juice Plus+ on people’s skin – including her own. “Now we’re about to have our first clinical data to help support this observation,” she shares appreciatively. Please watch Dr. Ray’s video below.