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8 Superfoods for Healthy And Glowing Skin

by Sana Cashmiri

In an age of growing health trends, most people understand that unhealthy diets can damage your metabolism, affect your weight and even damage your organs. What a lot of people don’t realise, however, is the massive impact your food intake has on your skin. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of foods perfect to avoid damage and cause ageing to your skin.

 

Fatty Fish:

Fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids which are important to maintain healthy skin as they keep them moisturized, thick and supple. Dry skin is often actually due to an Omega-3 deficiency. Omega-3 also reduces inflammation and protects your skin from the harmful UV rays while fighting psoriasis and lupus.

These fish also include vitamin E which protects your skin from damage while also providing our bodies with zinc. Zinc is an important mineral to regulate inflammation.

Walnuts:

Contrary to popular Desi belief, Walnuts are a good source of fatty acids that your body cannot make for itself. Walnuts contain a good ratio of fatty acids such as Omega-3 that fight off inflammatory acids such as Omega-6. They also contain good amounts of zinc necessary for wound healing and combatting both bacteria and inflammation. Walnuts also provide small amounts of the antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium, in addition to 4–5 grams of protein per ounce.

Sunflower Seeds:

Nuts and seeds are good sources of skin-boosting nutrients such as Vitamin E which is important for the skin.

Dark Chocolate:

While this may be a little hard to believe, just hear us out. Cocoa keeps your skin hydrated, less rough and scaly, less sensitive, and increases blood flow. Studies show that eating 20 grams of high-oxidant dark chocolate allows your skin to withstand UV radiation while improving your skin texture. Just make sure that you avoid sugary chocolates and there should be at least 70% cocoa.

Green Tea:

Green tea improves the elasticity of your skin, as well as the moisture, roughness and thickness while also being great for weight loss.

Turmeric:

Turmeric’s antioxidant, curcumin, is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting spices while also treating scars and pigmentation caused by ageing.

Bell Peppers:

These contain Vitamin C which are important in forming and growing the skin tissues while reducing wrinkles and crows-feet.

Oats:

Not only do they help you lost weight, but they also brighten up your skin and reduce inflammation and blood sugar spike that cause unhealthy skin. Being a high source of silicon, oats also help our skin keep its elasticity and slow signs of ageing.

 

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