Feed your face

WHAT YOU EAT HAS A BIG IM­PACT ON THE HEALTH OF YOUR SKIN

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - NUTRITION NEWS RECIPE -

How healthy you are on the in­side re­flects how you look on the out­side. For healthy, more youth­ful-look­ing skin, eat a diet rich in skin nu­tri­ents, as well as drink­ing plenty of wa­ter and get­ting reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and sleep.

Re­searchers from the Uni­ver­sity of Florence have re­cently dis­cov­ered that cer­tain types of foods could ac­cel­er­ate the pro­duc­tion of free rad­i­cals and the age­ing of our skin up to 50-fold.

These foods are called ad­vanced gly­co­sy­lated end prod­ucts (AGE) and they form a toxic mix of pro­teins and sug­ars that in­crease free rad­i­cal dam­age. AGE foods that should be re­duced in­clude fried fish and meat, cakes, white bread and pasta and soft drinks.

TOP SKIN NU­TRI­ENTS

Vi­ta­min A: Milk, cheese, egg yolk, fish liver oils and be­tac­arotene-rich (provi­ta­min A) foods such as car­rots, sweet potato, pump­kin, apri­cots and man­goes.

Vi­ta­min C: Cit­rus fruits such as or­anges, man­darins and lemons, as well as fruits such as ki­wifruit and berries.

Zinc: Lean meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, brewer’s yeast, eggs (yolk), legumes, whole­grain ce­re­als and bread, pe­cans, sun­flower and pump­kin seeds.

An­tiox­i­dants: Berries, green tea, red and orange fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Healthy fats: Oily fish (salmon, trout, mack­erel, sar­dines), cold­pressed flaxseed and olive oil, nuts and seeds (es­pe­cially chia seeds), and avo­cado.

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