While we all know about the creams, treatments, pills and potions available in the market, we often forget how some select foods can make a huge difference to our complexion, hair and even nails. So we decided to take a look at some beauty super foods that will keep you glowing from the inside out.
Salmon is a rich and natural source of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and essential minerals including selenium, zinc, iodine and vitamin D. Today scientists, doctors and dermatologists tell us that healthy Omega-3s can attack the ageing process and really make a difference to our skin, hair and how we look in general. Fatty acids also help skin maintain its proper moisture level for a soft, supple and younger look. Salmon is good for your hair because it contains proteins, a key building block for locks. Iodine and zinc is known to help promote healthy hair growth and prevent natural hair loss. Proteins also repair and maintain skin cells helping to retain contours and definition. A Regal King Salmon steak about the size and thickness of a deck of cards contains about 2,000mgs of long-chain Omega-3s so to prevent a deficiency of Omega-3s, health authorities recommend about 650mgs of omega-3s a week for women and 1,100mgs for men. Basically that means you should be eating salmon twice a week if you can.
Just 100g of blueberries contain the same amount of age-defying antioxidants as five servings of other fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants help guard against a range of cancers, heart disease, asthma, arthritis and cataracts, Alzheimer’s and age-related neurological diseases. High in vitamin C and a good source of fibre, blueberries have a compound, pterostilbene, which acts to protect the heart in the same way as cholesterol-lowering drugs. They also contain polyphenols, which combat the effects of free radicals, a key cause of wrinkles, and so keep skin looking younger for longer, while also helping the body to make collagen, which keeps skin supple. Ideally you should be eating a small cupful, about 100g a day.
Whenever Popeye needed some extra strength and vitality he grabbed a can of spinach. That’s because spinach is an excellent source of energy boosting iron, an integral component of hemoglobin which transports oxygen to all body cells. Spinach is also loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling and it’s a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side.
The jury’s still out on whether oysters are really aphrodisiacs, but they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthy. Who needs an aphrodisiac when you look and feel beautiful?
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.
We won’t judge you if you keep a secret stash of chocolate in your purse or desk (or both). In fact, we recommend you do because dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. But before you make a mad dash to the supermarket, however, keep in mind that the best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60% cacao.