Foods & vitamins for Glowing Skin

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10 ESSENTIAL ANTIOXIDANTS FOR GLOWING SKIN

HEALTH + WELLNESS + BEAUTY

COURTESY BY DANA RAIDT


It seems like antioxidants are everywhere, from juices to skin creams to sunscreen. We know they’re good for us, but have you ever  wondered why that is?

Long story short, antioxidants are natural, plant-derived compounds that protect our cells from, and minimize the damage caused by, free radicals. Free radicals are uncharged, highly reactive molecules that get produced via oxidation—which occurs when your body breaks down food, or is exposed to medications or external toxins like cigarette smoke, pollution and radiation; they can also be produced via sun exposure.

Plants and animals all have some naturally occurring antioxidants and enzymes that minimize or repair the damage to our cells from oxidative stress, but the more we’re exposed to harmful free radicals and the more they build up, the harder it is for the body to keep up.

Plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables and their juices, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and even chocolate) are the best sources, although they are also found in meat, seafood and dairy. As a bonus, many antioxidant-rich foods are high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and good sources of vitamins and minerals.




 


 


Foods with High Antioxidant Content

Try to get more of these plant-based antioxidant-loaded foods in your diet:

  • Blueberries

  • Cranberries

  • Artichokes

  • Blackberries

  • Prunes

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Apples

  • Pecans

  • Cherries

  • Plums

  • Kidney beans

  • Pinto beans

  • Potatoes

10 Types and Sources of Antioxidants—and How to Get More of Them!

There are dozens of antioxidants, and they come in many different forms and names. Some are vitamins and minerals that you might recognize, some are more obscure compounds. Here are 10 common ones, including where in nature they occur and how you can get more of their free-radical-fighting benefits, inside and out.

1. Allium sulphur

Sources: leeks, onions, garlic

Get more of it: Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Garlic Soup with Rosemary | Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin with Leeks | Homemade Garlic Acne Treatment

2. Beta carotene

Sources: pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach, parsley

Get more of it: 5 DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes | Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie Smoothie | Carrot Eye Mask for Wrinkles

3. Catechins

Sources: red wine, tea

Get more of it: Anti-Aging Green Tea Toner | Antioxidant-Rich Green Tea and Peach Julep

4. Flavonoids

Sources: tea, dark chocolate, red wine, citrus fruits, onion, apples, pomegranate

Get more of it: Dark Chocolate Honey Beauty Mask | Apple Skin Peel | Pomegranate Beauty Smoothie

5. Lycopene

Sources: tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon

Get more of it: Grapefruit Detox Mask + Scrub | Hydrating Watermelon-Cucumber Slush | Easy Tomato Gazpacho

6. Vitamin C

Sources: oranges, berries, kiwi, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, peppers

Get more of it: Glowing Skin Coconut Water Smoothie | Mango Body Scrub | 3 Beauty-Boosting Berry Smoothies

7. Vitamin E

Sources: vegetable oils, nuts, avocados, seeds, whole grains

Get more of it: Grilled Pineapple with Pistachios | Beauty-Boosting Avocado-Cucumber Soup | 4 Avocado Recipes for Hair, Skin and Wrinkles

8. Cryptoxanthins

Sources: red peppers, pumpkin, mangoes

Get more of it: Vitamin C Thirst Quencher Smoothie | Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub | Carrot Pineapple Mango Smoothie

9. Indoles

Sources: cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale

Get more of it: Raw Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Blueberries and Oranges | Green Detox Kale Smoothie Popsicles | Antioxidant + Fiber Super Smoothie

10. Anthocyanins

Sources: eggplant, grapes, berries

Get more of it: Tangerine Cranberry Smoothie | Grilled Pizza with Eggplant, Pomegranate and Feta | Gorgeous Skin Grape Beauty Smoothie

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