Feed Your Skin With Healthy Nutrients
Diet and healthy skin – feed it well.
Dr Anita’s Top 5 nutrients to boost your skin.
At Nuriss we talk about the importance of having good nutrition in order to achieve a healthy body and beautiful skin. I often say to my patients ‘you are what you eat’ and with your skin being one of the most complex organs in the body it makes sense that we feed and nourish our skin cells as well as we can, the natural way.
Nutrient No 1: Carotenoids
A group of ‘A’ vitamins that includes beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, these are skin boosting super nutrients, rich in antioxidants to fight against free-radical damage, helping to stimulate skin cell repair and renewal.
Food Source: Eat plenty of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables.
Nutrient No 2: Tocopherols ( vitamin E)
Vitamin E is another powerful skin antioxidant. It stimulates skin growth factors, allowing for healthy skin cell turnover and renewal.
Food Source: Sunflower seeds, avocados, spinach, kale and collard Greens.
Nuts – Almonds and some other nut varieties contain vitamin E and more great nutrients. Fruits like papaya and kiwi are sources of vitamin E.
Nutrient No 3: Ascorbic acid ( Vitamin C)
Once again a super antioxidant which also boosts collagen formation- an essential for Anti-ageing and skin cell repair. Vitamin C also has skin brightening properties and protects the skin from UV damage
Food Source: oranges , grapefruits, lemon, lime, Papaya, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, cantaloupe Cranberries, blueberries, and watermelon are all excellent sources of vitamin C.
Nutrient No 4: Flavonoids
Substances that give fruits and vegetables their colouring, have been found to be especially beneficial to skin. Flavonoids are antioxidant rich, which helps to protect them from environmental stress. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are thought to stimulate healthy skin cell turnover.
Two classes of flavonoids have been found to be especially beneficial to skin: proanthocyanidins (found in grapes and pine bark) and polyphenols (found in green tea). These antioxidants work to strengthen blood vessels and stabilise elastin and collagen, two proteins that form part of the skin’s supporting network.
Nutrient no 5: Omega 3 fatty acids.
Among the “must have” foods for healthy skin, omega-3 fatty acids – the “good fats” that have recently been credited with improving heart health as well as helping your skin to look healthier. The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood especially tuna, salmon and mackerel as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.These skin essential fatty acids are essential for the repair of the skins hydration barriers, which work to prevent transepidermal moisture loss and also keep the skin hydrated.
Food sources : nuts, avocados and oily fish such as salmon, tuna an mackerel.
Remember, you are what you eat. Feed your skin well.
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