I put my morbidly obese office manager on a lengthy juice fast. Within 30 days her skin looked amazing. Her face glowed and her arms, inflated with fat though they were, had a better tone.
Then I thought about everyone who juices. To a person, they had good skin.
Some people (including myself) have noticed improvements in chronic skin conditions. Joe Cross, the protagonist of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead cured his chronic idiopathic urticaria after a six month juice fast. (Do this Google image search to see how debilitating urticaria can become.)
The benefits of juicing go beyond skin health. Juicing makes you more attractive by giving you better skin:
Scientists have known for a while that the same pigments that give fruits and vegetables their color —carotenoids — can accumulate in your skin and give it color too. What they didn’t know was this: How many fruits and vegetables do you have to eat for how long in order for people to notice the difference in your coloring? And what, if anything, will people think of the difference?
So the researchers did another study. This time they showed 24 undergrads pictures of two men and two women that had been manipulated color-wise to correspond to how they would look if they ate various quantities of fruits and vegetables.
Students were asked to choose between pairs of faces — 22 were created for each face — according to which looked healthier or, in a separate task, more attractive.
On average, a difference of about 2.9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day was enough for the students to discriminate on the basis of healthy appearance, with more servings associated with looking healthier. Similarly, about 3.3 servings a day was enough for them to discriminate on the basis of attractiveness — with more servings associated with better looks. (A caveat: One weakness of the study is that most of the participants, and all the artificial faces, were Caucasian.)
There you have it: Hoover up 3.3 more servings a day of fruits and vegetables and watch what happens.
Karen Ravn, “Beauty might be a matter of dietary makeup,” LA Times (April 21, 2012).