What if there was a nutrient that not only played a significant role in stabilizing your hormones but also gives you smooth skin and anti-stress properties. Would this be something that would help your acne condition? You bet.
What is it?
It’s the second most abundant mineral in your body.
It is necessary for the body to convert short-chain fatty acids into longer chain fatty acids. Essential fatty acids play critical roles in hormonal balance. It’s also critical for your body to construct smooth skin.
So you can see why it is a key mineral for acne sufferers.
What is it? Magnesium, that’s what.
Magnesium is found in food sources such as whole grains, seeds, and nuts. However, those foods in excess aren’t a good idea for acne sufferers for reasons we’ve covered.
Anything with chlorophyll will be a good source of magnesium for acne sufferers. Chlorophyll is the part of any plant that makes it green.
My preferred food source of magnesium for acne sufferers is dark green leafy vegetables.
However, here’s the problem….
The green leafy vegetables only have as much magnesium in them as was in the soil they grew in. But after years of farming the soil without replacing the mineral base becomes depleted, and as a result the plant become void of minerals.
Because of this I feel it is very hard to get enough magnesium from food sources alone. This is another mineral I feel you are going to need to supplement with from a quality absorbable source.
Very interesting! I also heard that taking a supplement such as Beta Carotene will help too! I went to the health food store and found Beta Carotene 25,000 IU and I also take a woman's multi-vitamin that contains 5,000 IU of Beta Carotene. My face seems to not produce as much oil but my main concern is I may be consuming too much??
"Vitamin A by itself can have significant toxicity if you overdose, but beta-carotene is not toxic even in large doses-because your body converts only what it needs, you can't easily overdose. For that reason, most nutritionists recommend that instead of straight vitamin A, you take the safer, effective beta-carotene."
You could turn orange, though. lol
Did you know that Accutane is actually a form of Vitamin A in a high dose?
In terms of acne -- and many other skin conditions -- increase your zinc intake. Oysters are the food with the highest zinc content, but I am sure you can find other foods to consider. Re zinc, toxicity is rare, although I have encountered one case [basically excess zinc brings on what looks like combined copper/ zinc deficiency]. Generally I view 50mg of over-the-counter elemental zinc as the maximum amount to take per day. In terms of total-body stability, the combination magnesium/ calcium/ zinc tablets [generally containing about 15mg of elemental zinc] are a great invention.
Go to www.pubmed.gov to find a great search engine; just key in "zinc" and "acne"
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