A strong connection exists between carotenoids level in blood (extracellular), tissue (intracellular) and the risk to develop major chronic diseases.
Now since most of these health conditions are “lifestyle-born” diseases, it is not astonishing to also see a strong connection between each of your lifestyle habit and change in your carotenoids level
One X sensor allows you to measure and track your skin carotenoids kinetics.
Let’s see how your lifestyle can impact you skin antioxidant protection and why it can be an empowering biomarker to track in order to live a smarter and healthier lifestyle:
Since carotenoids pigments (600+) are nearly found in any fruit and vegetable, it goes without saying that carotenoid storage within your different skin layers reflects a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.
The US National Academy of Sciences actually states that ”Carotenoid concentration is the best biological marker for consumption of fruits and vegetables” ,
As Susan Mayne, PhD comments in a study led by the USDA/Agricultural Research Service:
“Skin carotenoid status is a noninvasive, objective biomarker of changes in vegetable and fruit intake”, and at such, one of the best marker to assess the quality of your diet
Since skin is a storage medium in your body, your skin carotenoid level actually reflects a window of about 15-30 days of nutritional intake
Conversely, stuffing your body with pro-inflammatory / oxidative items such as fried or processed foods will have a reverse effect, since totally depleted in antioxidant but also strongly adding oxidative burden to your body. A 2009 study shows that consumption of french fries, potato chips or cereals were followed by high blood level of acrylamide and higher blood markers of oxidative stress.
Lademann and co. actually researched how alcohol consumption could deplete individual skin antioxidant level, showing a “significant decrease in carotenoid concentration in the skin”, BUT not a significant decrease after a combined intake with orange juice:
“The carotenoid concentration, in turn, can be considered as a marker for the usage of the antioxidants for the neutralization of the massive numbers of free radicals, particularly ROS (reactive oxygen species), upon alcohol consumption” (In this case neutralized by orange, rich in carotenoids and other antioxidants, such as vit C)
Now your lifestyle is not limited to what you drink and eat
Consider for example the effect of Exercise on your carotenoid level. Up to a certain point, exercise is actually beneficial to your antioxidant protection but might quickly start to degrade it at high intensity. Phil Maffetone is probably the world best expert in uncovering the metabolic machinery underlying your different exercise regimens, discussing the risk to produce “dirty energy” at a too high and prolonged intensity, with too much oxidative byproducts.
And what about stress ?
Another study from 2012 realized on 982 men and women actually shows a direct association between carotenoid level and optimism !
Your environment is also a crucial part of your Health
At such, your skin Carotenoid level can be strongly and quickly impacted by too much UV radiation from excess sun exposure. Carotenoids (beta carotene, lycopene and the “invisible ones” – phytofluenes) are actually potent endogenous skin photo-protectors
Air pollution is also a well known source of oxidative stress. In China, for example, toxic metal particulates in the air might be the key pollution components causing oxidative stress. Even though carotenoids (Lycopene and astaxanthin mainly) have been shown very effective at quenching these “transition metals”, direct effect on skin antioxidant status needs further Research.
What about other lifestyle factors ?
If you’re reading this post before joining the dreamy journey to Morpheus, consider that when you get proper sleep, the key molecule melatonin is released in sufficient amount.
Well, melatonin has actually been shown to be one of the most multipotent antioxidant produced by your body (from your pineal gland),
Now, guess what ? Melatonin can actually protect beta-carotene from being oxidized within LDL particules (carrying beta-carotene to your tissue, thus your skin).
Anecdotal experiments have actually shown than skin carotenoids levels were higher after prolonged sleep period when more melatonin is produced by the body.
And just a last one since you’re still here:
Did you know that perceived health and attractiveness were associated with skin carotenoid concentration ?
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