Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Vitamins A, B, & C...and your skin
Eating various nutritious foods provides essential vitamins and antioxidants — critical for your health and skin. But, which nutrients do what? And which foods contain these beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and fats? Find out and pile your plate with these tasty treats!
Vitamin A helps prevent free radicals from breaking down the skin's structure, and also fights acne. Find it in green and yellow vegetables like spinach, peppers, broccoli and squash, as well as low-fat dairy products, egg yolk, peaches, apricots and cantaloupe.
Vitamin B helps to smooth skin and prevent the formation of blackheads. It also helps to relieve dry, flaky skin by helping with oil production. Find it in proteins like meat, fish, eggs and peanut butter, as well as brown rice.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to repair and grow tissue, protect against free radicals and heal the skin from burns or wounds. It promotes collagen production to firm the skin. Our bodies don't produce vitamin C, so its crucial to incorporate certain foods into the diet: broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, fruit juices, beets, avocados, asparagus, tomatoes and peppers.