Foods for Healthy Skin Nutrition

April 30, 2010

Healthy Skin

Nutrients for skin can be found in a variety of food we eat.  Signs of health status can be very visible on our skin.  Have you ever notice when someone who has been ill for awhile their skin can appear discolored, pale, maybe with some scaly patches or lesions?

A healthy skin diet has the necessary nutrients to support skin collagen structure, nourish, moisturize and repair skin from damage.  Skin damage can lead to wrinkles and premature aging. The main classes of food that can help promote healthy skin are listed:

Foods high in antioxidants
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, prunes, artichokes, beans (black, red, and pinto), pecans, tomatoes

Foods with essential fatty acids
Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flax seeds, cold pressed oils, extra virgin olive oil

Foods with good source of vitamin A – Organ meats (liver, giblets), carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, collards greens, kale, turnip greens, cantaloupe, red sweet peppers

Foods with high vitamin C – broccoli, green pepper, guava, kiwi, orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberries

Foods high in vitamin B complex – fat free milk, cheese, yogurt, ready to eat cereals made from whole grain, bananas, chick peas, oats, peanuts, chicken breast, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, black beans, lentils, and asparagus

Foods with good source of selenium – whole-wheat bread, muffins, fortified cereals, turkey, tuna, brazil nuts, halibut and oysters

Foods with good source of zinc – Oysters, lobster, crabs, lean beef, chicken and pork, baked beans, cashews, almonds, fortified cereals

Water is essential for a healthy skin care diet.  Think of your house plants. What do they look like when you forget to water? Water is a delivery system for healthful nutrients and expels harmful toxins.  Drink 6-8 glasses a day of clean water (not just coffee, soft drinks, or flavored drinks). Hard water was cited to be better for overall skin health.

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