While there is no conclusive evidence that antioxidants prevent the skin from getting older, specialists agree that they have the capacity to’ capture’ free radicals and can defend us against certain illnesses. Foods rich in antioxidants can also offer us a healthier, brighter complexion.
According to Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., a nutritionist based in Seattle, it is best to eat antioxidant-rich foods. “There is no replacement for food providing nutrients. They are absorbed and assimilated far better by the body than in additional form. “Kleiner indicates following the U.S. The Food Guide Pyramid of the Department of Agriculture and eat three to five portions of vegetables and two to four portions of fruit each day.
Choose at least one citrus fruit for vitamin C, for example an orange, tangerine, or grapefruit. Eat at least two orange-yellow or leafy green vegetables each day to boost the consumption of beta-carotene.
Eat Right to Young Looking Skin Eating healthy is the same as eating younger skin. Drinking a cup of orange juice and eating a raw carrot gives vitamin C and beta-carotene twice the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Vitamin E RDA is more difficult to satisfy, particularly for those on a low-fat diet.
Citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. Eat whole fruit for extra fiber. Avoid juice in glass containers, and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy some of the vitamin C.
Vitamin E: RDA 8 mg for women / 10 mg. for men (1 tablespoon of canola oil = 9 mg.) Good sources include nuts, seeds and their oils, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, and trout, and wheat germ. Use canola, olive, or another vegetable oil in place of butter or margarine when cooking.
Instead of butter or margarine, use canola, olive, or other vegetable oil when cooking.
Beta-carotene: no RDA has been created. However, expert Dr. Kleiner advises 5-6 mg. (Carrot= 12 mg.) Orange and yellow vegetables and leafy green vegetables are all excellent sources. Choose pre-packaged, washed and peeled baby carrots instead of potato chips or popcorn for an evening snack while watching TV.
If you feel unable to satisfy RDAs by diet alone, take an all-in – one antioxidant vitamin supplement a day, but keep paying attention to wealthy sources of food.
Because many over-the-counter cosmetics containing antioxidants don’t have enough to be totally effective by themselves, it is best to ‘feed’ them to your skin in combination with a healthy, antioxidant rich diet for younger looking skin.