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Pure Radiance – “Nutrition for Your Skin”: The Wisdom of Dr. Al Sears : Beauty Secret Hidden in 90-Year-Old’s Kitchen Cabinet

Aug 17, 2010 01:54AM ● By Dr. Al Sears


Sometimes, breakthroughs come in strange ways. Newton’s apple and gravity… Fleming’s bread and penicillin… Little accidents that led to big discoveries.

Like the secret to healthier, younger-looking skin hidden at the back of a kitchen cupboard.

Here’s the story:

Not long ago, I heard about a dermatologist who spent years researching the best natural skin care ingredients and ways to keep skin looking young. As you can imagine, his dedication made him very popular with his patients.

But he never quite got along with his mother-in-law. You see, he’s very serious about health. And she… Well, she smoked, drank, ate sweets, and fried foods… pretty much everything you shouldn’t do to keep healthy.

In spite of her bad habits, she lived into her 90’s – and had absolutely beautiful skin.

After she passed away, the doctor and his family cleaned out her home. And in her kitchen cupboards, the doctor came across tins of an African tea called rooibos (pronounced: ROY-boss).

The doctor was curious… and made a mental note to look into the strange stuff. He didn’t realize it then, but he’d just uncovered his mother-in-law’s secret to seemingly ageless skin.

A secret I’m about to share with you.

If you come from South Africa – as the mother-in-law’s caretaker did – then you may know about rooibos. But, outside its home country, this herb isn’t well known.

Rooibos is a bushy herb that grows within a very small range. Locals use it to prepare a drink they call red tea. They use red tea for many health conditions, including digestive distress and nervousness. Native healers also apply it topically to soothe dry skin.

And that was the mother-in-law’s beauty secret.

To begin with, red tea is loaded with antioxidants. And here’s why that’s important for your skin:

You see, you’re constantly bombarded by environmental stressors, whether they’re from pollutants in the air or exposure to the sun. This exposure causes the formation of molecules called free radicals that can damage your skin cells. While you’re young, your body’s antioxidant defenses can usually handle this assault.

But our antioxidant defenses become weaker as we grow older. Eventually, the free radicals overwhelm your body’s dwindling defenses… and you can’t keep up with the damage. Without some kind of outside help, your skin begins to lose its tone and show other signs of aging.

But both animal and human studies show the antioxidants in red tea help support the health of your skin.1

And red tea delivers more than just antioxidant power. Japanese researchers confirm it helps soothe your skin, too.2


Of course, environmental exposure to pollutants and the sun all contribute to the appearance of aging. So red tea isn’t just healthy… it promotes younger-looking skin, too.

In fact, researchers in Thailand recently tested a red tea skin formula against other natural products. They found the red tea formula was more than twice as effective as the competition in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

In other words, red tea is almost a complete skin care kit just by itself.3

You can probably see why I’m so excited about red tea. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s how you can try it out for yourself…

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

  1. Petrova, A. Modulation of ultraviolet light-induced skin carcinogenesis by extracts of rooibos and honeybush using a mouse model: elucidating possible protective mechanisms (2009). CPUT Theses & Dissertations. Paper 91.
  2. Shindo, Y. and Kato, K., 1991. Effect of rooibos tea on some dermatological diseases. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Tea Science. The Organizing Committee of ISTS, Shizuoka, Japan, p. 385-389.
  3. Chuarienthong P, et al. “Clinical efficacy comparison of anti-wrinkle cosmetics containing herbal flavonoids.” Int J Cosmet Sci. 2010 Apr;32(2):99-106.

Dr. Al Sears, MD currently owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Florida with over 20,000 patients. His cutting edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract patients  around the world.

As a graduate from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Sears scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and graduated with honors in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Physical Medicine.

After entering private practice, Dr. Sears was one of the first to be board certified in anti-aging medicine. Today he is a diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. As a pioneer in this new field of medicine, he is an avid researcher, published author and enthusiastic lecturer.

Dr. Sears is board certified as a clinical nutrition specialist and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Southern Medical Association (SMA), the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and the Herb Research Foundation, (HRF). Dr. Sears is also an ACE certified fitness trainer.

In 2002, he was appointed to the international panel of experts at Health Sciences Institute, (HSI) a worldwide consulting service for integrative healthcare.

Dr. Sears is the founder and director of The Wellness Research Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in on-going original research to evaluate natural alternatives to pharmaceutical therapies.

Since the release of his book, The Doctor’s Heart Cure, he has been interviewed on over two dozen nationally syndicated radio programs with an audience nationwide.

Dr. Sears recently published PACE: Rediscover Your Native Fitness and High Speed Fat Loss in 7 Easy Steps. Both became bestsellers during their first month of release.

Since 2001, he’s published over 500 articles and 6 books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging and nutritional supplementation – with a readership of millions spread over 23 countries.

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