The start of a new year is a time when many of us try to make lifestyle changes, often involving improvements to our diet. There are clearly numerous benefits to a more healthy, nutritious diet, but of particular interest to me is the significant effect such a diet can have on the quality and vibrancy of the skin.
There are several vitamins and minerals which have been shown to be important for the growth and immunity of the skin. Those of you who know me or follow my posts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn will know that I’m very keen on our diet including Vitamin C, one of the best known antioxidants, along with other anti-oxidants Vitamins A and E. These Vitamins mop up free radicals from the sun and pollution which could otherwise harm the cells of the skin and contribute to premature ageing of the skin. An easy way to ensure your diet is healthy in this regard is to ensure you have a variety of colour on your plate. Blueberries, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, carrots, avocados, sweet potatoes, spinach and peppers are all great sources of Vitamins A, C and E.
Tomatoes are also fantastic as they contain another antioxidant, Lycopene. In addition I’d recommend Zinc for the skin which is in mushrooms, shellfish, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and cashew nuts. Finally Omega 3’s are important for the barrier function of the skin and are found in walnuts, flax seeds, soy beans, kidney beans, squash, cauliflower, berries and wild rice as well as oily fish.
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