Broccoli Plus Cauliflower Protects the Skin Integrity Against the Onset of Acne

By Kyle J. Norton

Acne is a skin condition characterized by dirt in oily skin pores.

Believe it or not, acne can also be caused by the hormone testosterone. Other forms of acne can also be found in women’s pregnancy or the menstrual cycle due to hormone change.
Holistically, acne is also induced by the system of toxins in the body, if the liver and kidney can not cleanse all toxins in the body, toxins will have to eliminate through the skin, leading to skin disease such as acne. 
In general, acne is naturally preventable, some researchers suggested if you are following the below strategies
* Acne care treatment: cream and lotion
Be sure before applying skin cream or lotion in acne affected area, wash it with mild soap and tepid water because water too hot or too cold might cause the breaking of capillaries (small veins). 
The best choice of acne cream and lotion is the one made by using ingredients of natural remedies that exist in the kitchen of your home for cost-effectiveness with little or no side effect.
Although there are plenty of acne creams and lotions in pharmacy drug stores, you might only choose those that do not contain chemicals that may cause side effects to your sensitive skin. 
Asking the pharmacist in the drug store is the best approach. Please note that chemicals preserve the product might cause side effects to your sensitive skin.
*  Reducing intake of saturated fat
Saturated fat intake causes the build-up of cholesterol in capillaries, the small veins in your skin. Without giving enough oxygen to the skin cells, your skin becomes oily and easy to attract dirt, causing acne. To avoid this, you should substitute your red meat intake by 4- 8 servings every week with fish. 
* Lower your body toxins
 If the liver and kidney are not able to get rid of toxins completely, the skin becomes an extra burden to remove them, causing acne. To avoid this, adding some delicious antioxidants super-foods in your diet will help to solve this problem quickly such as garlic, ginger, etc.
4. Eat foods that purify your blood  
Foods that purify your bloodstream will increase the circulation of blood to the skin, leading to more healthy skin that is immune from any skin problems.

Cauliflower and broccoli are members of  the species Brassica oleracea belongings to the family Brassicaceae, native to Italy.

On finding a potent compound for the treatment of Acne vulgaris, researchers examined the efficacy of two different plant extracts against in HaCaT cells, AE1-2.
Where AE1 consisted of Juglans regia (walnut husk), Myrtus communis (myrtle leaves), Matricaria chamomilla (chamomilla flowers), Urtica dioica (stinging nettle leaves), and Rosa damascena (rose flowers) and  AE2 contained Brassica oleracea var. botrytis (broccoli) and B. oleracea var. Italica (cauliflower).
According to the results of the tested analysis, 

* The MIC values of the extracts were below 1/2048 µg/mL

* In gene differentiation, AE1 decreased the expression level of TNFα involved in systemic inflammation and suppressed the expression level of IL-1α involved in the activation of proinflammatory cytokine.

Furthermore, the gene hormone expression of SRD5A1 that converts testosterone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) induced elevated androgen levels seldom found in blood and urine from patients with acne were significantly reduced by the application of AE1.

*  AE2 suppressed gene expression level of all aforementioned parameters, similar to those of AE1, including IL-1α, SRD5A1, TNFα.

Based on the findings, researchers wrote, “Both herbal extracts demonstrated strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity in this preliminary trial. In conclusion, the topical application of these botanical extracts can be good candidates for local acne treatment”.

Taken altogether, broccoli combined with cauliflower may be considered functional foods for the prevention and treatment of acne, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Efficacy of two plant extracts against acne vulgaris: Initial results of microbiological tests and cell culture studies by Kılıç S1, Okullu SÖ2, Kurt Ö2, Sevinç H1, Dündar C1, Altınordu F1, Türkoğlu M. (PubMed)