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Skin Nutrients

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Long-term, double-blind studies on effect of nutrient supplementation on skin functions are recommended by Dutch researchers in review article in May issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Such research "may be important to substantiate claims and to offer an alternative to existing topical approaches for maintaining long-lasting healthy skin," Esther Boelsma, et al., TNO Nutrition & Food Research, Netherlands, advise. Authors analyzed studies published over last 20 years on effect of vitamins, carotenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids on photoprotection, cutaneous immune response. Studies of PUFAs for atopic dermatitis, psoriasis also examined. Benefits shown through in vitro studies "difficult" to extrapolate to in vivo setting, Boelsma et al. note

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