7 Best Foods for Your Skin

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New research reveals that what you eat can make a big difference on your appearance.

In addition to taking care of your skin with the best cosmetic treatments, proper nutrition can go a long way to maintaining your beauty and helping prevent future damage. Here are 7 excellent foods packed with skin-friendly nutrients.

1) Brazil nuts.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of the mineral selenium, which is helps keep skin elastic and flexible. Selenium helps produce glutathione, a compound that specifically fights the dangerous free radicals that break down collagen and elastin. Brazil nuts also contain high levels of zinc, which promotes the growth of new skin cells and maintains collagen and elastin integrity.

 

2) Carrots.
No longer just the “eye food,” new research reveals that carrots may be just as beneficial for the skin. Beta-carotene, which is found in carrots at high levels, is converted by the body into vitamin A. And vitamin A helps the development of skin cells and keeps them healthy and resistant to damage.

 

3) Berries.
Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect against the specific free radicals that damage skin and lead to premature aging. Some of the best berries include blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries. Whenever possible, choose whole fruits over fruit juices, since you will get antioxidants found in the many parts of the fruit and avoid much of the added sugars found in most fruit juices.

 

4) Green tea.
Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and high antioxidant content, green tea is a wonderful food for the skin. The leaf of green tea seems especially potent at guarding against skin damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Like Brazil nuts, green tea contains high levels of zinc and selenium, as well as crucial immune-boosting substances like calcium, magnesium and vitamins C, D and K. If you prefer, several decaffeinated forms are now available.

 

5) Salmon.
This oily fish plays an important role for beautiful skin. Salmon is high in EFAs (essential fatty acids) such as Omega-3. EFAs are called ‘essential’ because they are not made by the body and thus must be consumed regularly through the diet. Omega-3 and other EFAs help to balance inflammation in the body, as well as promoting the retention of moisture, both of which are crucial for keeping skin hydrated, smooth and free from irritation. EFAs from salmon also improve the skin’s elasticity.

 

6) Avocados.
Some repeat the mantra “avoid avocadoes,” because of their high fat content. But a closer look reveals that this warning is unwarranted. Avocadoes mostly contain the monounsaturated, so-called “good fats,” such as EFAs like Omega-3 and Omega-6. As is the case with salmon, avocadoes thus help keep skin elastic, well-hydrated and youthful.

 

7) Whole grains.
Although the low-carb people might not agree, whole grains go a long way to helping your skin maintain a youthful appearance and texture. Whole grains typically contain a high level of B-vitamins, which help skin cells generate the energy necessary to keep from breaking down during aging. These B-vitamins are involved in the production of new skin cells that replace old, worn-out cells during a process known as cellular turnover.

 

In addition to choosing the right foods for your skin, choosing the right skincare product is vitally important. To create and maintain a naturally youthful appearance, we recommend seeking a formula that contains naturally based ingredients, such as vegetable-based Lifting Spheres, the mineral Glucosamine and other key antioxidants such as Green tea, Grapeseed extract and Aloe vera. 

New research reveals that what you eat can make a big difference on your appearance.

In addition to taking care of your skin with the best cosmetic treatments, proper nutrition can go a long way to maintaining your beauty and helping prevent future damage. Here are 7 excellent foods packed with skin-friendly nutrients.

1) Brazil nuts.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of the mineral selenium, which is helps keep skin elastic and flexible. Selenium helps produce glutathione, a compound that specifically fights the dangerous free radicals that break down collagen and elastin. Brazil nuts also contain high levels of zinc, which promotes the growth of new skin cells and maintains collagen and elastin integrity.

 

2) Carrots.
No longer just the “eye food,” new research reveals that carrots may be just as beneficial for the skin. Beta-carotene, which is found in carrots at high levels, is converted by the body into vitamin A. And vitamin A helps the development of skin cells and keeps them healthy and resistant to damage.

 

3) Berries.
Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect against the specific free radicals that damage skin and lead to premature aging. Some of the best berries include blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries. Whenever possible, choose whole fruits over fruit juices, since you will get antioxidants found in the many parts of the fruit and avoid much of the added sugars found in most fruit juices.

 

4) Green tea.
Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and high antioxidant content, green tea is a wonderful food for the skin. The leaf of green tea seems especially potent at guarding against skin damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Like Brazil nuts, green tea contains high levels of zinc and selenium, as well as crucial immune-boosting substances like calcium, magnesium and vitamins C, D and K. If you prefer, several decaffeinated forms are now available.

 

5) Salmon.
This oily fish plays an important role for beautiful skin. Salmon is high in EFAs (essential fatty acids) such as Omega-3. EFAs are called ‘essential’ because they are not made by the body and thus must be consumed regularly through the diet. Omega-3 and other EFAs help to balance inflammation in the body, as well as promoting the retention of moisture, both of which are crucial for keeping skin hydrated, smooth and free from irritation. EFAs from salmon also improve the skin’s elasticity.

 

6) Avocados.
Some repeat the mantra “avoid avocadoes,” because of their high fat content. But a closer look reveals that this warning is unwarranted. Avocadoes mostly contain the monounsaturated, so-called “good fats,” such as EFAs like Omega-3 and Omega-6. As is the case with salmon, avocadoes thus help keep skin elastic, well-hydrated and youthful.

 

7) Whole grains.
Although the low-carb people might not agree, whole grains go a long way to helping your skin maintain a youthful appearance and texture. Whole grains typically contain a high level of B-vitamins, which help skin cells generate the energy necessary to keep from breaking down during aging. These B-vitamins are involved in the production of new skin cells that replace old, worn-out cells during a process known as cellular turnover.

 

In addition to choosing the right foods for your skin, choosing the right skincare product is vitally important. To create and maintain a naturally youthful appearance, we recommend seeking a formula that contains naturally based ingredients, such as vegetable-based Lifting Spheres, the mineral Glucosamine and other key antioxidants such as Green tea, Grapeseed extract and Aloe vera.

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March 5, 2010. March.

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