Aging, Diet, Foods, Healthy Foods

8 Foods for Beautiful Skin

We are constantly bombarded by advertising and magazine articles touting the benefits of products we can apply topically to give us smooth, younger looking skin. In the United States, skin care is a multi-billion dollar market. What many consumers do not realize, however, is that nutrition is by far the most important factor in healthy, lovely skin.

If you want skin that glows with natural beauty, be sure to include these eight foods in your diet:

1. Salmon, anchovies, and sardines

These three fish contain high levels of DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), which strengthens the membranes of cells and prevents premature aging.  It also increases acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that helps the muscles contract and tighten the skin. In addition, DMAE lowers the production of arachidonic acid, a cause of wrinkles and sagging skin.

2. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and spinach

These green leafy veggies are a rich source of ALA (alpha lipoic acid), high in the antioxidants that fight free radicals, a major cause of aging. ALA functions as an anti-inflammatory, and also diminishes the circles under the eye, puffiness, redness, and wrinkles.

3. Grapefruit

Eating fresh produce rich in vitamin C helps reverse the skin damage caused by exposure to pollutants and too much direct sun. This vitamin also stimulates the production of collagen, which supports new skin growth and an overall smooth texture.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are the fruit highest in antioxidants. They help skin look youthful and smooth, and in the process, they protect against memory loss, cancer and heart disease.

5. Oysters

Oysters have a reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they are also high in zinc. This mineral is vital for production of proteins that repair damaged tissue and help your body make new tissues. Zinc is also good for nails, hair and eye health.

6. Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which protects the membranes of the cell. Strong membranes guard the cells of the skin, keeping out toxins, permitting the entrance of nutrients, and eliminating waste products. They also hold water in the cells, keeping skin smooth and moist.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which prevents premature aging and protects against sun damage. Lycopene is best utilized by the body after tomatoes are cook, so eat items such as tomato sauce and soup.

8. Eggs

Eggs contain choline and lutein. Choline builds up the fatty portion of the cell membrane, making the skin appear smooth and healthy. It regulates the levels of B vitamins in the body, to produce collagen and elastin. Lutein is an antioxidant which prevents damage to the skin, and protects elasticity.

If you like, go ahead an invest in that pricey jar of night cream. After all, it’s fun to treat yourself. But first, make sure you are eating the foods that build and protect the skin you want to show the world.