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Bad Skin Need Not Be (And Isn’t!) A Life Sentence
Which are the best foods to eat for healthy skin?
Most fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants which help to combat free radicals which damage skin at a cellular level, often causing premature wrinkling and age spots. In addition to antioxidants, fruit and veggies are also high in important vitamins and minerals.
Here is a list of the most important items to include in your diet for healthy skin.
- Vitamin C is important to fight free radicals and strengthen the tiny blood vessels in the skin. Foods include broccoli, blueberries, citrus fruits, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin E containing foods like almonds, avocados, nuts, and sunflower seeds, support healthy skin growth, and are also high in antioxidants.
- Garlic is rich in polyphenols which are micro-nutrients which nourish the skin.
- Beetroot has several nutrients necessary for healthy skin including vitamin A, vitamin E, and trace minerals potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.
- Red grapes have potent natural chemicals and antioxidants. Studies have shown that the chemicals in red grapes successfully treats inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Red grapes are also known to help counter the effects of allergic reactions on the skin.
- The humble guava is making a name for itself as an additive to cosmetics in the manufacturing of creams and make-up products. The guava, which is a true tropical fruit, has enormously high contents of folic acid, potassium, copper, and manganese which all help to regenerate skin cells. Research has also shown that guavas are rich in vitamin K, which is known to improve treatment of blemishes, dark circles under the eyes, as well as ease acne redness and irritation.
- Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, and the presence of cocoa keeps the skin hydrated, firm, and supple.
- Eat tomatoes every day. The chemical known as lycopene which is found abundantly in tomatoes, is a powerful antioxidant which keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Studies have also shown that lycopene can help to heal acne scarring.
- Use olive oil for cooking. The oleic acid content in olive oil helps to keep skin cells hydrated, supple and firm. Oleic acid is classified as an unsaturated fatty acid omega 9, and is excellent for health in general.
- Omega 3 is another essential fatty acid essential for skin health, with the focus on inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Omega 3 is not made naturally in the body, so has to be obtained from the diet. here are some of the best sources of omega 3:
- Nuts such as walnuts and pecans.
- Fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna. Fresh cooked, canned or smoked will all be fine.
- Spinach, broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, and cauliflower, are all vegetables which have a high content of omega 3.
- Eggs also contain a mega content of omega 3.
- The oil-producing sebaceous glands in the skin which keep the skin moisturized, and help to repair skin damage need a godly amount of zinc to operate effectively. Zinc is obtained from fish, lean red meat, poultry, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
There may be times when you are not able to get all the nutrients you need from your food. Natural supplements containing C and B vitamins, is a fantastic way to fill the gap when some nutrients are lacking from your food.
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