If you want to roll back the years, forget expensive lotions and potions and reach for a bag of watercress -that's according to a Hampshire scientist.
The old adage of beauty coming from within has been borne out by a new study, commissioned by Hampshire and Dorset watercress farmers, in which 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet - with one woman managing to reduce her #facial wrinkles by an incredible 39%
The 11 women, who ranged in age from 23 to 58, began the trial by having their faces photographed using a VISIA complexion analysis system which gives a subsurface reading of an individual's skin and focuses on #wrinkles, texture (the balance between oily and dry areas) pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas (any underlying redness, inflammation, sensitivity or thinner skin) and porphyrins (levels of bacteria on the #skin). The study was commissioned by leading watercress producers The Watercress Company, Vitacress and Alresford Salads.
After four weeks of eating 80g of watercress a day the volunteers had their skin reassessed by the VISIA camera, with the following results: · 10 out of 11 volunteers saw a positive improvement in their skin . · .
7 out of 11 saw an improvement in their wrinkles . · .
8 out of 11 saw an improvement in the texture* of their skin . · .
9 out of 11 saw an improvement in their pores ·
. 5 out of 11 saw an improvement in their red areas ·
. 8 out of 11 saw an improvement in the levels of porphyrins ·
. 5 out of 11 saw an improvement in their brown spots · .
3 out of 11 saw an improvement in their UV spots
The majority of women also reported increased energy levels.
During the trial the volunteers made no other changes to their usual health and beauty regime. They were allowed to eat their daily quota of #watercress in any way they chose - in salads, sandwiches, whizzed into smoothies or wilted into pasta, however it was not allowed to be cooked.#uglybynature
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2216852/Eat-way-facelift-Watercress-latest-wonder-food-battle-anti-ageing.html .