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Foods with beautifying properties

28 July 2013 / 13:07:54  GRReporter
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We waste a lot of time and money on skin creams, lotions and other cosmetic products for face and body. We are focused on this so much that we tend to forget how our diet affects our appearance and more precisely ingredients that enter our body with food. In fact, what we eat may be more important to our appearance than any cosmetic products that we buy.

We all know the main fact - fast food and processed food is bad. Fruit and vegetables are good. But which foods can really make us ... beautiful? See what experts say.

Peppers

These crunchy and bright-coloured vegetables are perfect for salads, since they add wonderful flavour and can be added to many dishes, from sauces to pasta dishes.

Just like citrus fruits, red and green peppers are full of vitamin C, which is needed for the production of collagen. Vitamin C helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and slows down the ageing process.

Barley grass

Barley grass helps the recovery of the skin and delays the ageing process due to the abundance of metals, enzymes, and vitamins that revive the cell structure of the body. It also maintains the natural balance of weight, strengthening the processes of fat burning in the body. It is similar to wheat grass but more easily digested.

The use of barley grass can help you stay young, beautiful and slim. Furthermore, because of the high level of chlorophyll in it, it is a natural body purifier. Powdered barley grass can be mixed with water, juice or yogurt or added to granola.

Salmon and other fatty fish

Omega-3 fatty acids that are contained in salmon help the body produce anti-inflammatory agents, which help delay skin ageing. Salmon also helps towards increasing the muscle network and prevents skin from sagging.

While some dermatologists accept these claims cautiously, there are many other reasons why it makes sense to regularly eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mainly because of data which show that it is beneficial to the heart and brain.

Brazil nuts

Many people avoid eating large amounts of nuts, because they will gain weight, but experts say that Brazil nuts can do wonders for your skin.

They are rich in selenium (only four nuts contain over 100% of the recommended daily amount), which helps protect the skin from the sun and age characteristics. A study shows that people who take smaller amounts of selenium are likely to get various age marks.

Avocado, nuts and seeds

If you want a healthy breakfast, we suggest an avocado. Peel it, cut it in half and fill it with cottage cheese or just cut it into slices and eat it with lemon. And you can add it to your salad, too.

Besides avocados, nuts and seeds are also rich in vitamin Ε, which protects against free radicals and essential fatty acids help maintain skin elasticity.

Beans, legumes, and oatmeal

Carbohydrates have become an almost forbidden word in the world of nutrition, following the fashion created by low-carbohydrate diets. But not all carbs are bad.

If you want to have healthy and glowing skin, you need to choose carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index and avoid those that have a high glycaemic index, such as crackers or drinks with sugar, because these trigger the production of large amounts of insulin, and this damages collagen and increases wrinkles.

Papaya, spinach and cauliflower

This combination may seem odd, but papaya, spinach and cauliflower give the body a phytochemical substance called lutein, which, according to experts from the Department of Dermatology of the University of Naples, helps strengthen the antioxidant capacity of the skin, protecting us from harmful free radicals.

Blackcurrants

In a recent study, researchers from the Hirosaki University in Japan found that blackcurrants can really help reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Tests have shown that the consumption of blackcurrant improves the flow of blood around the optic nerves, and reduces the effects of puffy eyes. You can eat them fresh or in jams and pies.

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