31 January 2011

Increase your beauty with these 10 foods

A diet rich in certain foods can positively impact skin health and appearance. The best beauty foods are antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are the skin’s best defense against free radicals, which causes premature cell aging. Other beauty foods can help to promote an even skin tone and condition, as well as increases skin radiance and support firmness and elasticity.  
1. Blueberries contain more than three times as many antioxidants as oranges, cherries, and grapes. They also contain anthocyanins, a pigment that is high in antioxidant activity and ellagic acid, a disease fighting phytochemical.
Helps repair DNA damage caused by toxins or pollutants (e.g. smoking). May be beneficial in slowing and/or reversing some neuronal and behavioral effects of aging. 
2. Small red beans contain flavonoids, iron, magnesium and zinc, which are all important in maintaining over all health and wellness. Magnesium and zinc help aid the absorption of calcium, which helps promote proper bone health. Enhances the body’s energy level. Helps the body and skin cope with environmental stress. 
3. Grapes seeds and skin contain flavonoids, such as proanthocyanidins or PCOs that are powerful antioxidants. Potent antioxidants activity helps fight free radicals associated with signs of aging. Helps improve blood circulation and strengthen blood vessels, which is important for varicose veins or leg cramps. Helps keep certain constituents with skin (i.e. collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid) healthy, by blocking enzymes that may disrupt or destroy their chemical structure.
4. Fish, such as salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can boost skin appearance.
Helps support blood flow to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, soothe dry skin and reduce skin inflammation. Can increase skin radiance by offering a protective effect against premature aging. 
5. Artichoke Hearts are packed with ingredients that help promote a healthy skin appearance, such as folate, potassium, biotin, and vitamin C.
Helps maintain healthy skin and nails, supports collagen and skin firmness and protects against free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging. 
6. Blackberries are a great source of vitamin E and C and are high in antioxidants activity. They also contain ellagic acid, which is a disease fighting phytochemical.
Helps support collagen for firmness and elasticity, smooth skin, and helps protect against free radicals that contribute to aging. 
7. Strawberries are high in antioxidants, B vitamins, potassium, and fiber for overall health and wellness.
Helps support healthy collagen, the skin’s natural support structure, essential for the structure of collagen and elastin, which assist in the firmness and elasticity of the skin and also provides and environmental defense system for the skin. 
8. Apples have quercetine, and anti-inflammatory property and pectin, which is a soluble fiber that helps, control blood cholesterol levels.
Helps maintain water balance and distribution, pH balance, muscle and nerve cell function, heart function and kidney and adrenal function in the body. Helps stop cellular damage.  
9. Pecans provide adequate levels of vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium, which help promote healthy skin.
Helps protect skin cells from oxidative damage, provides nourishment to the skin, helps smooth skin texture. And helps fight free radicals in the body that increase as you age.  
10. Squash is a great source of vitamin A, which helps fight free radicals
Plays an important role in cell activity that can help maintain the health and youthful beauty of the skin. Protects skin cells from oxidative damage that can lead to signs of premature aging, helps relieve dry skin and uneven skin tone. And can enhance and regulate sluggish skin cell regeneration.

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