Women’s Health Magazine has come up with a list of the 10 most healthiest foods for glowing skin. No prizes for guessing what they are! Check out the perfect skin diet below.
Stuffed with Vitamin E, and proven that those who regularly take in almonds sunburn much less than those who don’t. Suitable substitutes: peanut butter and broccoli.
Carrots seem to work for practically everything – good for eyeballs and healthy bright eyes, good for keeping away pimples, blackheads and the like, and good for reducing skin cancer cells. So why would anyone not snack on these? Suitable substitutes: milk and cheddar cheese.
3. Dark Chocolate
Yumm..this is one skin food I adore. It has an almost medicinal effect – skin texture is improved, with reduced roughness, and a stronger resistance to UV rays are built, giving great protection against sun damage. Suitable substitutes: Blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries—though it is claimed that you have to eat a large amount of these to see a difference.
These contain omega-3 acids, which are found in other foods like fish. As someone who’s allergic to seafood, I think flaxseed is a great substitute. Studies showed that participants experienced significantly less irritation and redness, along with better-hydrated skin. Suitable substitutes: Flaxseed oil, salmon and walnuts
5. Green Tea
This drink is literally just health in a cup. It works for practically everything – proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, thereby helping to prevent skin cancer and reversing the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin. Additionally, it is also a great source of comfort for menstrual pain. Suitable substitutes: white tea – but its just not the same.
6. Safflower Oil
Okay I must admit I have never heard of this. But the omega-6 fatty acids found in safflower oil can be the ultimate moisturizer for people who suffer from painfully dry, flaky, itchy skin. They keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the skin. Studies have shown that this oil may help people who suffer from severe conditions like eczema. Suitable substitutes: soybean and corn oil.
My favorite! People who ate the most leafy greens actually had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least. It is thought that the folate in these veggies may help repair and maintain DNA—basically bolstering cells’ ability to renew themselves. That reduces the likelihood of cancer-cell growth. The added bonus is that the water in greens penetrates cell membranes—which makes for plumper and less wrinkled skin. A general rule to follow here is that colorful foods are healthy foods – that’s why peppers, tomatoes, spinach and carrots are all considered must-haves. Suitable substitutes: collard greens.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Nandos, anyone? They serve the best sweet potatoes with Nandos sauce, it’s deliciously lush. They are loaded with vitamin C, which smooths out wrinkles. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks. Here are some stats: volunteers who consumed about four milligrams of C daily for three years decreased the appearance of wrinkles by 11 percent. Suitable substitutes: carrots, orange juice.
I’m loving this list from Women’s Health by the way. Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays. Your body gains the most sun-shielding nutrients when the vegetable is heated, so make sure you have them both in salads and otherwise. Suitable substitutes: watermelon.
Gross. For some reason, I always associate tuna with cat food. Tuna helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. The antioxidant is also believed to buffer against the sun (it stops free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells). I think I’ll go for the substitutes: turkey, brazil nuts.
So there you have it! What do you guys think of the top 10 skin foods?
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