Did you know that what you eat can add to your beauty?
The following is a short list of antioxidant-rich superfoods that can help you maintain your beauty.
Goji Berries “Beauty Berries”
Goji berries, which are sometimes referred to as “beauty berries”, are one of the most nutritionally dense superfoods on earth.
That is because Goji berries possess high levels of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This makes them the ideal superfood to include in any age defying beauty regiment.
These small red berries possess high amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytochemicals.
Goji berries reserve a special place in Chinese traditional medicine. That is because these berries are believed to possess many health benefits including boosting immunity, lowering cholesterol, relieving depression and aiding in natural weight loss.
Furthermore, Goji berries contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots making them a superb source of vitamin A.
Goji berries also contain a number of B vitamins, 21 minerals and 18 amino acids.
Forget Botox! Aloe vera increases collagen production which in turn leads to a more youthful and wrinkle-free complexion. Aloe vera can easily be considered the ultimate Botox alternative!
The inner gel of the aloe vera leaf contains around 200 active compounds with over 75 nutrients. These include 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins, including vitamin B12. In fact, aloe vera is one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B12.
Aloe vera is best eaten fresh. To get the most out of the nutrients within aloe vera that can nurture your skin, simply scrape out the inside gel and blend with fruit for the ultimate beautifying smoothie. Aloe vera has a mild flavor and a slight bitter edge. Therefore, it is best combined with fruit.
Avocado oil can smooth and soften your skin and is easily absorbed. Compared with olive, and soybean oils, avocado oil has the highest skin penetration rate.
Avocado oil also contains vitamin E, which is an essential component of any natural skin care regiment, the antioxidant Carotenoids and the most important antioxidant of all, Glutathione. This antioxidant is especially effective at helping you maintain youthful, glowing skin because it helps combat physical and environmental free radicals, such as cigarette smoke and ultraviolet rays, that often contribute to premature skin aging.
The nucleic acids RNA and DNA in chlorella, an algae, direct cellular growth and enable our bodies to utilize nutrients more effectively, eliminate toxins and avoid disease. The production of nucleic acids in the body declines progressively as we age, which is no doubt why research at the Medical College of Kanazawa in Japan found that mice that were fed chlorella had a 30% increase in life span. It seems as if replenishing RNA and DNA can be the key to overall health, immunity and longevity.
In addition to nucleic acids, chlorella is also jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids, making it an incredibly rejuvenating and health-promoting superfood.
When it comes to attaining radiant and youthful skin, bee pollen has outstanding benefits. Swedish dermatologist Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, a pioneer in the use of bee pollen as an anti-aging superfood, uses bee pollen to successfully treat acne and other skin conditions. He observes that bee pollen has the ability to brighten and rejuvenate the skin while preventing the formation of new wrinkles.
He reports that bee pollen seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue. It offers effective protection against dehydration and injects new life into dry cells. Bee pollen also smooths away wrinkles and stimulates a life-giving blood supply to all skin cells. Dr. Lars-Erik Essen believes that bee pollen’s skin rejuvenating properties are due to its high concentration of nucleic acids RNA and DNA, as well as its natural antibiotic properties.
Bee pollen has a host of other health benefits that include fighting infections, lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, aiding longevity and enhancing libido! Be pollen has been called a superfood because it is so nutritionally complete.
When ingested, coconut oil has the ability to speed up the metabolism and help with weight loss. It is also incredibly moisturizing for the skin and has antioxidant properties which protect against free-radical damage, keeping the skin youthful and healthy.
Taken internally or externally coconut oil is a great addition to any beauty skin care regime. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, an anti-microbial fatty acid that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi which when applied directly to the skin can help fight acne.