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The Perricone Lifestyle - Is It Worth the Cost?

The Perricone Lifestyle - Is It Worth the Cost?


The Perricone diet has received tons of press since it was introduced in a book published by Nicholas Perricone, M.D., in 2000. It is touted as an anti-aging diet program that helps men and women maintain young-looking skin.

However, the diet is strict, and Perricone recommends high-end supplements and skin care products for men and women to reap the greatest benefits from the Perricone lifestyle. Think you have what it takes to adhere to the Perricone diet plan? Find out what it entails – and how much it will cost you.

The Diet – What to Eat

According to Perricone, foods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants can help people look younger and live longer. These include:

Meats and Proteins

  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Shellfish
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Halibut
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Fruits and Veggies

  • Avocados
  • Leafy greens such as spinach
  • Bean sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Pears

Breads and Grains

  • Whole barley
  • Oatmeal

Milk and Cheeses

  • Yogurt


  • Cayenne pepper
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Ginger


  • Water
  • Green tea

The Diet – What to Avoid

The Perricone plan includes a long list of foods and drinks to avoid. These include:

Meats and Proteins

  • Duck
  • Beef

Fruits and Veggies

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Grapes
  • Mangos
  • Watermelon
  • Raisins
  • Papaya
  • Oranges
  • Pickles

Breads and Grains

  • Breads
  • Flour
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Granola
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Rice

Milk and Cheeses

  • Hard cheese


  • Sugar


  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Fruit juice
  • Soda

The cost: Savvy consumers can end up spending about the same amount on groceries whether they purchase foods that are Perricone-approved or not.

The Supplements

The Perricone lifestyle calls for the daily consumption of a number of vitamins and minerals that are believed to prevent the signs of aging.

  • Vitamin A (or Beta Carotene): An antioxidant that improves immune function and protects the skin, hair, and eyes
  • Vitamin B Complex: Balances inflammation and promotes energy
  • Vitamin C: Stimulates the production of collagen, prevents free radical damage, and detoxifies the body
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant that lowers cholesterol and prevents heart disease
  • Calcium: Supports bone development and promotes circulation
  • Selenium: An antioxidant that boosts the immune system and acts as a natural detoxifier
  • Omega-3 Oils: Prevents inflammation
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate: Stimulates cell growth and improves skin elasticity
  • Zinc: Improves energy, metabolic function, and collagen production
  • Chromium: Reduces inflammation and some experts believe it helps burn fat

The cost: With each supplement priced at about $10 for a three-month supply, we estimate the cost of supplements at $33 a month.

The Skin Care Routine

Dr. Perricone recommends that men and women use skin care products that contain powerful antioxidants that can help reverse the signs of aging. Some key ingredients included in his own skin care line include alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C ester, neuropeptides, phosphatidyl-E, and DMAE. Unfortunately, the downside of Perricone's designer skin care line is that the prices are a bit exorbitant for the general populations' taste.

The cost: With most products priced between $75 and $250 for a three-month supply, you could end up spending as much as $100 a month on skin care products, depending on how many and which products you choose.

Is the Perricone Promise Worth the Expense?

With the price of supplements estimated to be about $33 a month and designer brand Perricone skin care products priced at about $100 a month, you can expect to pay about $133 a month, plus the cost of food, if you adhere to the Perricone plan. While some may find the cost of the plan too expensive, others might find the actual diet too restricting to maintain.

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