Dr. Lark has written several times about the benefits of olive oil for your skin. In particular, she raves about squalane, and has even created a squalane-based skin care line.
But while olive oil and squalane get all the attention, their lesser-known sister is largely ignored. And wrongly so.
With all the talk about olive oil, did you know that olives only contain 15 to 20 percent oil? More than 50 percent of an olive is juice and that juice is a very rich source of polyphenols, amazing antioxidant compounds that have a wide range of therapeutic advantages, including protection against heart disease and cancer.
Until now, olive juice has been a mere byproduct of olive oil production. In fact, disposal of the juice has been costly for the industry. After all, 80 to 85 percent of all those olives is an awful lot of waste to dispose of.
Meanwhile, all this time, suppliers have been throwing away a more concentrated source of the very polyphenols that are responsible for the health benefits of olive oil! The principal polyphenol, hydroxytyrosol, has been shown to have the highest free radical-scavenging activity ever reported for a natural antioxidant.
As fascinating as this is, what, you may be asking, does this have to do with skin? Glad you asked.
Turns out, animal studies have shown that supplementing with olive pulp extract helps prevent UV damage to the skin, and helps keep skin in its normal, healthy state. Beyond its antioxidant capacity, several studies have also shown that hydroxytyrosol inhibits one of your main inflammatory pathways, thereby helping to reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin.
The effect for you? Tighter-looking, glowing skin. Now who doesnt want that!
Dr. Larks favorite brand of olive juice/olive pulp extract is Olivenol. It is available at most health food stores and supplement retailers like Vitamin Shoppe. Dr. Lark recommends 300 mg two to four times daily.
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