Friday, June 20, 2008

Good Foods for Great Skin

Food - most people are worried about what it will do to your figure. Some people are more concerned with how food will affect their health. But what about the body's largest organ, skin?

The food you eat greatly impacts the health and glow of your skin. So here are 10 foods that are great for your skin...
  1. Avocado: This creamy, green fruit (yes, it is considered a fruit!) is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin on the inside as well as the outside.
  2. Mangoes: This sweet treat provides 80% of your daily vitamin A requirements, which maintains and repairs skin cells.
  3. Almonds: This nut provides 150% of your daily vitamin E requirements, which has rich oils that moisturize dry skin, while its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging of facial tissue.
  4. Cottage Cheese: This dairy delight has Selenium, an essential mineral, which when teamed up with vitamin E acts as a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo. Plus, Selenium has been touted to protect against skin cancer and even fight dandruff.
  5. Acerola Cherries: One single Acerola cherry supplies 100% of your daily allowance for vitamin C, which fights against skin damage and wrinkles, and helps in the production of collagen. (Keep in mind, this only applies to this type of cherry.)
  6. Oysters: This treasure from the sea is a rich source of zinc which can help fight acne.
  7. Baked Potatoes: One baked potato eaten with the skin supplies 75% of your daily need for copper, which works hand-in-hand with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.
  8. Mushrooms: Rich in riboflavin, mushrooms can improve skin blemishes caused by rosacea.
  9. Flaxseed Oil: A great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which hydrates the skin and can help prevent acne.
  10. Wheat Germ: A great source of biotin, a B vitamin that is crucial to skin health, which is so important to healthy skin that a mild deficiency can actually cause dermatitis
Have fun taking care of your skin!

Information courtesy of lifescript.com

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