Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Who doesn’t want baby soft skin?

What you eat and the vitamins you absorb, play a large role in the health of your skin.  Foods and supplements containing the following vitamins and minerals will help you on your way to healthy skin.

  1.  Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.  It’s also essential for the synthesis of collagen, which is needed for supple, healthy skin.  It can be found in foods such as broccoli, kale, strawberries, peppers, parsley and oranges.

  1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is famous for its part played in maintaining healthy skin.  Like Vitamin C, it’s also a great antioxidant, fighting free radicals, to help prevent premature aging.  Foods containing vitamin E include avocados, eggs, almonds, olives, asparagus and sunflower seeds.

  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is another antioxidant which helps defend the skin from free radical attack, especially sun damage.  It can be found in high concentrations in carrots, red peppers, liver, asparagus and peaches.

  1. Selenium

You can thank selenium for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.  It also helps prevent acne and skin cancer.  Without selenium, vitamin E absorption is not as effective.  The foods to eat for your daily dose of selenium include walnuts, brazil nuts, liver, tuna, chicken, brown rice and wheat germ.

  1. Omega 3s

Omega 3 is important on many fronts.  It helps your body heal inflammatory issues such as eczema and psoriasis.  It also helps keep cortisol levels down, keeping skin supple.  Omega 3 is found in oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, in walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.

  1.  Zinc

Zinc is known for its assistance in wound healing and repairing damaged skin tissue.  It also protects the skin from the sun, delaying those inevitable wrinkles.  It has been used for many years to help people with acne.  Zinc can be found in oysters, pumpkin seeds, seafood, ginger and mushrooms.

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