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Foods for improved skin health

Friday, September 20, 2013 by: Yanjun
Tags: skin health, beneficial foods, nutrition

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(NaturalNews) The skin, more than just a protective covering for the body, can make a person look and feel good. Because of this, many people invest a lot of their money and time in ensuring that their skin is in the best shape possible. But oftentimes, promoting skin health all boils down to great nutrition.

Here are the foods that one must consume to ensure that the skin remains vibrant and healthy.

Tropical fruits

Fruits such as citrus, pineapples, guava, and papaya are known to contain loads of vitamin C. Not only is this vitamin known as a strong immune booster, but it is also a very powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C takes out free radicals that can cause rapid skin aging, among other undesired health effects. In addition to this, this vitamin is also directly linked to the production of collagen, an important component of the skin.

Carrots

This plant is exceptional for its abundance of beta carotene, the main precursor for vitamin A. This vitamin is known as another powerful antioxidant, eliminating free radicals from the body. In addition to this, it facilitates the healing of the skin and even provides protection against the sun's damaging rays. Cooked carrots are known to contain more digestible beta carotene than their raw counterparts.

Broccoli

This leafy green is known to have a huge abundance of antioxidants, particularly vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is known for stimulating collagen production and skin healing, while vitamin E is known for its role of protecting cell membranes from just about everything, including the sun's ultraviolet rays. Get your fix of broccoli to ensure that your skin remains protected against the harshest of elements.

Whole Wheat products

Whole wheat is known to contain selenium, a mineral that promotes skin health in a variety of ways. It preserves the skin's natural elasticity while providing a protective barrier against the sun's UV rays. Food products made from whole wheat, such as pasta and bread, are the best sources of this mineral, as selenium supplements are directly linked to a host of health problems.

Fish

Fishes, particularly deep-sea varieties such as tuna, sardine, mackerel, and anchovies, have an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. These unsaturated forms of fat, best known for their role in improving cardiovascular health, are also equally important for skin health, as they help in strengthening cell membranes. In addition to this, these fats are known to retain water and nutrients in the skin, resulting in a more vibrant glow.

Water

Last but not least, never forget to drink enough water. This can help in skin health in a variety of ways. First, it flushes out toxins that may cause skin degradation. Second, having enough water keeps your cells sufficiently nourished. And because water serves as a conduit for transporting nutrients, having a steady supply of water equates to a healthier body.

Conclusion

Keeping the skin in tip-top shape is just a matter of keeping it sufficiently nourished. Consume the products included in this list regularly and watch as your skin exudes a younger, healthier vibe.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vegetarian.about.com

http://www.healthmeup.com

http://www.mayoclinic.com

About the author:
Sofiya has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments,health insurance, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.

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