Monday, 24 March 2014

SuperFoods For Radiant Skin

There are literally hundreds of superfoods that benefit the skin. I thought I would share a small sample for you.

Cold water fish
super food
Wild Alaskan Salmon and other cold water fish such as salmon, herring or trout are great sources of protein which is necessary to maintain and repair the body-including the skin on a cellular level.
These fish are high omega 3 essential fatty acids which helps keep your skin radiant, supple and wrinkle free, moods upbeat and brain functioning at optimal levels

Beans and lentils 
Beans and lentils are a superfood for a number of reasons in addition to their high fiber content. When it comes to maintaining beautiful skin and keeping unwanted pounds at bay, beans and lentils are a body's best friend. The reason is because they are very low-glycemic. This means they will not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar when eaten, the way sugary, starchy food do. Beans and lentils are anti-inflammatory foods, and will keep your blood sugar stable-key in preventing dull, dry, wrinkled sagging skin and hard to lose body fat.

Olives and extra virgin olive oil
We need a source of good fats in our diet, fats that will help us absorb nutrients from our vegetables and fruits, keep our cells supple, our skin glowing and wrinkle-free, our brains sharp and our mood upbeat. We also need dietary fat to burn fat. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleic acid, which helps us to absorb the omega-3s and other vitamins and nutrients from our foods.

Green tea
Green tea contains polyphenols. Researchers have found that polyphenols protect healthy cells from cancer causing DNA damage, while ushering cancer cells to their death.
Another remarkable finding is the power of green tea polyphenols known as EGCG to reactivate dying skin cells. In fact, researchers consider this amazing energizing of dying skin cells to potential benefit skin diseases such as psoriasis, ulcers, rosacea, wounds-and yes, even wrinkles.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, blueberries have some amazing qualities including the fact that are one of the greatest sources of antioxidants. Blueberries also increase brain power, restore balance and improve memory. Anything that is good for the brain is also excellent for the skin because of the brain/beauty connection.

Sour Citrus Fruits
This includes citrus like lemons, limes, and grapefruit. All are rich in antioxidants known as limonoids and limonene's. These sour citrus fruits play an important role in the maintenance of elastin and the stabilization of collagen, which is crucial for healthy, youthful skin. 

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