Berry Benefits

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Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C—key for collagen production.  This is important because collagen is the principal protein in connective tissue.  This fibrous, structural molecule provides strength and elasticity to tissue, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones.  Collagen supply is vital to the skin’s elasticity, keeping it toned and supple, strong and flexible.  Exposure to environmental assaults and the natural aging process causes the collagen and elastin that keeps our skin resilient to slowly break down. Unfortunately, as we age the skin’s ability to replace these essential materials diminishes and more gaps and irregularities develop in the collagen mesh, which can lead to wrinkles.  Therefore foods high in Vitamin C are critical to beautiful, youthful skin.

Raspberries are also very high in ellagic acid, superior in reducing the damage caused to cells from free radicals and like blueberries they are super anti-aging foods in just about every category.  All berries are superb for all organ systems including skin—remember to look for the deeply colored rainbow foods—your indication that these are superior sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

How do you incorporate raspberries into your diet?

6 thoughts on “Berry Benefits

  1. Hi ,

    Thanks for the information re raspberries. I have a question re collagen. I’ve seen collagen supplements advertised and am wondering if they work and if they would be beneficial to the bones and skin etc.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer

    • Hi Jennifer. Dr. Perricone recommends taking supplements and eating foods that encourage your body’s production of collagen rather than relying solely on supplements as their can be questions about absorption.

  2. Every morning my husband and I have a bowl of grated carrots,jicama, and broccoli stems (mainly carrots). We add to that some dried tart cherries, cranberries, and currants. We also add some walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Then we add some fresh organic raspberries, blueberries, and black berries. Just delicious!

  3. Dear Dr.Perricone,

    Thank you for your years of research. I have to admit that I am mad at you for having so many products. I think some overlap when you could narrow it down some.

    I love your evening repair. I am highly disturbed though that you discontinued solar protection for the face. Solar protection for the body is to thick and smells like a over perfumed Baby powder.

    Solar protection for the face has a light lemonly smell. Bring it back. It is sexy unlike other sun screens.

    Your whole process of eating well and focusing on certain foods that lift the face is a positive legacy that is timeless and that you can always be proud of.

    The best to you always and especially for what you have done for women.

    Nantille Carbonnet

    • Thanks for the feedback Nantille. You’ll be happy to know that we have a new SPF called More than Moisture SPF 30 that also has a light citrus scent. Please give it a try and let use know what you think!

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