Top fruits and Vegetables for Glowing Skin
Our philosophy is that beautiful, glowing skin begins from the inside. As skin is the largest organ in our body, it reflects our general health. In fact, when scientists first started to notice the side effects of vitamin deficiencies, they found that skin problems were often cleared up once the deficiencies were corrected. All the best cosmetics can not improve skin that isn’t properly nourished from the inside, that’s why adding plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet is the first step to a beautiful and glowing skin.
Here are five top fruits and vegetables to get a glowing complexion:
- Tomatoes– Tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene which is part of the carotenoid family. A recent study by the American Society of Nutritional Sciences found that adding lycopene to the diet helped protect the skin against the aging rays of the sun. Sunblock is always the best defense but adding lycopene-rich tomatoes and cooked tomato products can add to a person’s overall protection. Another great choice is lycopene-rich watermelon.
- Berries– All berries are full of antioxidants but according to the USDA, blueberries contain the highest concentration per serving, and they taste so good! Strawberries are rich in vitamin C which helps to stimulate collagen production, something that slows down as we age. Collagen provides structural support and to a degree elasticity in our skin. As we age and collagen production slows, our skin starts to take on a saggy appearance and cellulite looks more pronounced as the skin doesn’t have the resilience that it once had to create a smooth surface. A study on women between the ages of 40 and 74 by Unilever, found that higher intakes of vitamin C along with lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates were related to better skin-aging appearance. Bring on more fruits!
- Kale- Kale contains vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth and vitamin K to boost circulation promoting a healthy glow. It is also rich in vitamin C and the minerals magnesium and calcium that healthy skin needs.
- Carrots– Carrots contain high levels of beta- carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin against photoaging from the sun. Papayas and yams also contain high levels of beta-carotene.
- Grapefruit– With its high concentration of vitamin C, citrus fruits are excellent for a healthy and gorgeous skin. The vitamin C stimulates collagen growth and the high water content of the fruit helps keep the skin’s barrier (the outer layer) hydrated, making it more resistant to wrinkle-causing free-radical damage from the sun and pollution. It’s also delicious and refreshing!