5 Best Plant Foods For Healthier Skin

We all know that what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your skin. According to registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings, if you eat the correct foods you can provide a powerful line of defence against dryness, UV damage and wrinkles, whilst promoting smooth skin.

At the same time we know that eating in season foods is an equally important health practice.

Jennings shares her five best plant foods for skin health.

The 5 Best Plant Foods For A Healthy Skin:

1. Grapefruit

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The lycopene in pink grapefruit assists in keeping your skin smooth, as well as keeping you well stocked with vitamin c during the winter months. Research from 2008 published in the European Journal of Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceutics found that individuals that had a higher lycopene concentration had smoother skin.

2. Carrots

The carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, found in carrots, may shield your skin against UV damage.

“In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50% less skin reddening after they drank about 1 2/3 cups of carrot juice or ate 2 ½ tablespoons of tomato paste daily, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks,” shares Jennings

3. Broccoli

Age related dryness and wrinkles can be warded off by increased vitamin C intake. A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical nutrition showed that vitamin C’s smoothing affects may be because it can fight off the free radicals created by UV damage and has an important role in synthesising collagen.

4. Edamame

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Isoflavones are the secret to the power of edamame. Acting as an antioxidant, isoflavones fight the free radicals caused by sun exposure. They are also important to the preservation of skin firming collagen

5. Spinach

Lutein is another carotenoid which protects your skin from UV damage. Spinach contains a good amount of lutein, especially when it has been continuously stored with light exposure. Research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry revealed that spinach stored in light for as few as three days has higher levels of vitamin c
and preserved levels of vitamin E, vitamin K,
folate and the carotenoids luetin and zeaxanthin.

Snack your skin to a better health with tasty vegetable dishes from nutrition expert Melissa Kelly. To view some of Melissa Kelly’s recipes click here.