Six Vegetables for Healthier Skin
"You're what you eat", as the old saying goes. The vegetables listed in this article have chemicals that fight the battle against bad skin. Eat your five a day and your skin will stay soft, supple, and blemish-free.
Kale and Spinach
Kale and spinach contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant, which's most well-known as the eye vitamin. However, it also helps boost good skin. The average person’s diet is low on lutein, which the body cannot synthesize. Lutien works by attacking free radicals in the skin. It protects against sun damage, and works out the blemishes and spots on the skin.
Betakarotene, found in such vegetables as sweet potatoes and carrots, is also an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the skin. It's the pigment in plants that gives them their color, and is derived from the Latin name for carrot. This antioxidant is what gives orange and yellow vegetables their bright hues. Once in the human body, betakarotene converts into vitamin A, which's important for good skin, good vision, and a healthy immune system.
Another antioxidant is vitamin E, which is found in vegetables such as well, avocado. It can also be found in vegetable oil. It;s a fat soluble, meaning it can only be found in foods. Due to its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E increases the blood flow to the skin, allowing the skin to flourish.
Broccoli does double duty with two chemicals helpful to healthy skin: Vitamin C and Selenium. This vegetable is best eaten raw because cooking and processing destroys some of the antioxidants, including some of the vitamin C and Selenium. With twice as much Vitamin C as an orange, broccoli is a much better choice to eat. The Selenium works to prevent skin cancer, while the Vitamin C is an anti-aging and brighter skin by fighting those nasty free radicals. Overall, broccoli is a choice vegetable to include in your diet.
It takes up to six weeks for new skin to emerge to the surface, so don’t expect overnight changes. Though changes won't come overnight, they'll come with time, thus necessitating eating five servings of vegetables with antioxidants every day. The bottom line is that doing this will increase your chances of having healthy, beautiful skin, and help prevent skin cancer. Look for the brightly colored vegetables, and you cannot go wrong eating vegetables like those mentioned here.