September 18, 2007

Foods that are good for your skin

Flaxseed Oil – I use this daily for a multitude of things. I had no idea it was good for your skin until I did the research. My face has been clear for months and I had no idea it was because of the Flaxseed oil!! It’s no secret that Omega 3s are great for your skin, but did you know that flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of this essential fatty acid? That’s great news if you’re not a fish-lover. Just one teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day provides 2.5 grams of Omega 3s, which in turn hydrate the skin. Essential fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores that can otherwise lead to acne.

Avocados - This creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin inside and out. Niacin (vitamin B3) is especially important for healthy skin, and is found in abundance in avocados.

Mangoes - Mangoes have more than 80% of your daily requirements for vitamin A, which is why they’re such a great face food. Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin cells; a deficiency will result in a dry, flaky complexion. As an antioxidant, it also fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin.

Almonds - Not only is it a gorgeous shape for your eyes, almonds are also great for your complexion. With 150% of your daily need for vitamin E, it’s no wonder that getting a bit nutty is good for you. Vitamin E's rich oils moisturize dry skin

Cottage Cheese - Dairy isn’t just good for your bones, it’s great for your face, too. But it’s the selenium in cottage cheese, not the calcium, that has us really going wild for these creamy curds. Selenium, an essential mineral, teams up with vitamin E as a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo. Plus, it’s been touted to protect against skin cancer and even fight dandruff.

Baked Potatoes
- Unlike greasy French fries, a plump, steaming baked potato is actually good for your skin. One baked potato eaten with the skin supplies 75% of your daily need for copper. This essential mineral works hand-in-hand with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.

- This fungi isn’t just for shishkebabs and stir fries; it’s also rich in riboflavin, a B vitamin that’s vital to your skin. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is involved in tissue maintenance and repair, but actually goes beyond basic skin care to improve skin blemishes caused by rosacea.

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crazy working mom said...

Some of the suggestions sound good. But, I HATE mushrooms. Bleck! :p

grace said...

Great suggestions! Now I will get more of these at the groceries today! :-)