Aging is a natural process that can be a beautiful part of life. However, some effects of aging can leave you feeling and looking bogged down — especially when it comes to your skin. Years of free radical damage and life stressors wreak havoc on your skin. The good news is you can prevent some of this damage by adding healthful foods to your diet.
In fact, research has found that a diet consisting of fruit and vegetable consumption may be the most healthy and safe method to maintain youthful appearing skin. Here are some of those healthful foods you should be adding to your diet to make your skin glow:
1. Oranges and other citrus fruit
Oranges contain lots of Vitamin C — 85% of your daily value in one small orange, to be exact. Vitamin C has been well-known to fight the common cold. Why? Well, not only is this vitamin a vitamin, but it also acts an antioxidant that fights disease, illness and even skin-harming free radicals.
Conversely, a lack of Vitamin C has been a well-known reason for scurvy, which is a condition that causes skin lesions, makes your skin more susceptible to bruising and slower to heal. A study actually found that Vitamin C has what researchers called, “anti-scurvy properties” that boost collagen in the skin.
So, peel an orange, squeeze some lemon in that water or add a lime to that salad if you want your skin to be healthy.
2. Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds may be those things that you find strewn out in shrodes all over the baseball stands and field. You may even have a bit of a disdain for them due to this. However, those baseball players and fans may very well have some healthy aging skin in their near future because sunflower seeds have some pretty awesome nutrients.
These tiny seeds are loaded with copper, vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium,vitamin B6, folate and niacin. But the most critical skin-saving component is Vitamin E. This vitamin has long been said to have healing properties when applied to the skin. And while these accounts are mostly anecdotal with little research behind the claims, there is research that backs up the consumption of Vitamin E rich foods like sunflower seeds.
In fact, research has found that Vitamin E may protect both animal and plant cell membranes from light-induced damage to the eyes and skin.
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