The Top 5 Superfoods For Super Skin!

The Top 5 Superfoods For Super Skin!

The key to clear, radiant skin and thick, swingy hair can't always be found on your vanity table. In fact, some nutritionists suggest you check your crisper drawer. Join us as we explore the possibility that these Top 5 "superfoods" may be good for your hair and complexion.

1. Blueberries

This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging, and the polyphenols can help reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation. Go ahead and add half a cup to your yogurt, smoothie, or cereal every morning to get an antioxidant boost first thing in the AM!

2. Spinach

Kale has a hell of a PR team, but spinach is no slouch either. Spinach delivers a triple dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. All three work in concert to protect your skin from the sun's aging UV rays." (Yes, you still need to wear sunscreen!). It's also loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Aim for one cup per day; use it in your salad instead of romaine, or wilt a bag of green leaves into your pasta sauce or soup.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.

4. Almonds

Almonds are rich in flavonoids (which promote heart health) and vitamin E, nutrient that's vital to skin health. They can help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking, according to a study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Snack on a handful of almonds (Bauer likes them oven-toasted with spices) or almond butter on apple slices.

5. Wild Salmon

Wild salmon — not farm-raised — is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won't have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.
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