Look Younger: 11 Fruits and Vegetables for Better Skin (Slideshow)
August 14, 2014
These are the best fruits and vegetables for healthy, glowing skin
Red Bell Peppers
Loaded with vitamin C, bell peppers stimulate collagen production in the skin that it remains supple and soft.
Avocados are rich in good fatty acids, as well as carotenoids, which lead to resilient skin that can ward off the environmental damage that creates fine lines and wrinkles.
High in nitrates, beets enhance the blood flow throughout the body, leading to a natural skin glow. Additionally, the powerful antioxidants in the beets, along with the dark pigment, protect skin from premature aging while keeping it firm and youthful.
Dark, leafy greens are packed with vitamin E, which offers anti-aging protection as well as vitamins A and C, which also help ward off acne. The compounded antioxidant effects provide for radiant skin — additionally, spinach can stimulate DNA repair, which can impede cancer cell growth.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which infuse the beautiful berry with its rich color, and are actually antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage. Additionally, the phytonutrients can curb skin cancer development
Ellagic acid and antioxidants promote skin regeneration, and have anti-inflammatory effects which promote wound healing.
Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamin C and healthy pigments. That means skin collagen gets a boost, leading to a strengthened skin matrix.
These common fruits contain pectin and quercetin, which are powerful in regulating blood sugar and improving immunity, all of which are reflected in the skin to keep it looking youthful.
Saturated with lycopene, tomatoes help reduce damaging free radicals caused by UV rays.
Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta-carotene is a necessary part of the growth and repair of skin.
Pumpkin contains flavonoids and carotenoids which promote skin radiance, while the vitamins such as A and C increase skin strength .