What Foods Put Your Best Skin Forward?

“What you put on your plate is even more important than what you put on your skin.“ says WebMD. “The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.” states Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Start with a healthy, balanced diet and add some of the following delicious foods which research experts suggest will give your complexion a healthy, youthful glow.


Foods Which Deliver Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) form a barrier against harmful things on the cellular level by fostering healthy cell membranes. The stronger the cell membranes, the easier it is for your skin cells to hold their moisture. EFAs also act as a pathway for nutrients and waste to pass in and out of the cells, and they discourage the inflammation process. Use canola oil and flax seed oil when you cook. Eat almonds, which are high in Vitamin E as well as flax seeds, salmon and walnuts. Avocado has essential oils and B complex.


Foods High in Antioxidants
Berries and plums are all very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants and other phytochemicals in these fruits protect at the cellular level making you appear younger. They help prevent free radical damage from things like too much sun. Eat blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums, the top four foods for preventing skin damage and protecting your skin cells. High in antioxidants, but not quite as high as the top four are: artichokes; black, red, and pinto beans; pecans and prunes.


Selenium-rich Foods
Selenium is a mineral. When selenium levels are kept high in your diet, you are less prone to oxidative damage which can increase your risk of cancer. For grains, choose whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals. For meats, choose turkey or tuna. Throw in some cottage cheese and a few brazil nuts and you will have plenty of selenium in your diet.


Vitamin A Sources
Dairy and mangoes possess vitamin A which is considered one of the most important components for skin health. Even those of us whose bodies have difficulty converting beta carotene to vitamin A will be able to utilize the vitamin A in low fat dairy products. Yogurt with live cultures such as acidophilus are especially beneficial because of the probiotics in them. According to nutrition expert, Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, foods with live beneficial bacteria or enzymes which assist in normal, healthy digestion will encourage healthy skin.


Web MD; Foods for Healthy Skin: You Are What You Eat; August 2006

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