Saturday, February 12, 2011

Top 5: Beauty Foods

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1. Carrots are good for your skin too! Beta-carotene - found in carrots is a powerful antioxidant and will help your skin stay young longer. Some studies also show that beta-carotene can repair sun damage.

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2. Salmon is not only delicious and is my favorite fish, it is also good for your skin as it is rich in the precious Omega-3 fatty acids. They help maintain cell membranes keeping skin healthy, hydrated and supple. According to some studies Omega 3 helps to protect skin against sun damage.

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3. Tomatoes contain high levels of Vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C is involved in collagen production and protects cells from free radical damage. Lycopene is an effective antioxidant which fights the free radicals that damage skin cells, interfere with cells growth and activity.

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4. Spinach is one of my favorites! It contains luitein. Studies show that lutein increases skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content.

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5. Watermelon, be it a fruit or a plant, is not only the best treat on a hot summer day but the right way to hydrate your skin! Which is crusial to its beauty every day! Remember, hydration is absolutely necessary for the best healthiest function of the cells. According to Dr Murad eating water is much more effective than drinking water because this way fluid gets directly into the cells and is not waisted in our swollen ankles and puffy eyes! And listen to this, watermelons are 97% water!

Sources:
MSNBC
nutraingredients
medicalnewstoday
The Water Secret by Dr.Murad

6 comments:

Anna said...

One thing to also mention is that organic does make a difference in the quality of produce and minimizes potential risks involved in eating produce (yes, they are there!). Another thing to note is that salmon is only high in Omega 3's if it is not farmed fish being fed grains...which do not contain Omega Three's. Thanks for the info!

Alexandra said...

instead of eating a lot of fish to get my vitamin D, i take cod liver oil supplements! give it about a month and it's SO phenomenal for your skin! i swear by it (:

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Galina said...

Dear Anna and Alexandra,

Thank you for your comments and for your input!
Anna, I do agree we should be paying more attention to how the produce we consume grown or cultivated as it does impact its quality. Good point!!!
Alexandra, you are absolutely right. Taking a supplement allows you to have Omega 3 daily, while if you rely only on eating fish, you will not get this nutrient so regularly... but I wonder can we absolutely substitute fish with a supplement?

facial mask said...

@Alexandra: I too used to take cod liver/fish oil supplements. Recently I learned that such supplements may contain mercury. I have since begun to avoid taking these supplements and stick to eating wild caught fish.

Jessica said...

I am a big fan of natural cure fro any problem as this the safest way to cure skin or health problem without any side effects. Really liked the beauty food list, thanks for sharing.

brazilonthehill said...

What you eat really does effect your skin!

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