Feed Your Skin Antioxidants For A Glowing Complexion

Feed Your Skin Antioxidants For A Glowing Complexion

Although there is​ no conclusive proof that antioxidants keep skin from aging,​ experts do agree they have the​ ability to​ ‘capture’ free radicals and may protect us from certain diseases. Antioxidant-rich foods can also give us a​ healthier,​ glowing complexion.

According to​ Susan M. Kleiner,​ R.D.,​ Ph.D,​ a​ Seattle-based nutritionist,​ eating foods rich in​ antioxidants is​ best. “There’s no substitute for getting nutrients through food. the​ body absorbs and assimilates them far better than in​ supplement form.”

Kleiner suggests following the​ U.S. Department of​ Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid,​ and eating three to​ five servings of​ vegetables and two to​ four servings of​ fruit each day. Choose at​ least one citrus fruit,​ such as​ an​ orange,​ a​ tangerine,​ or​ a​ grapefruit,​ for vitamin C. to​ increase beta-carotene intake,​ eat at​ least two orange-yellow or​ leafy green vegetables each day.

Eat Right for Younger Looking Skin

Eating healthy equals younger looking skin. Drinking a​ cup of​ orange juice and eating one raw carrot provides twice the​ Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of​ vitamin C and beta-carotene. the​ RDA for vitamin E is​ harder to​ meet,​ especially for those on​ a​ low-fat diet.

“Don’t be afraid to​ add a​ couple of​ tablespoons of​ olive oil to​ your diet,​ or​ to​ eat some nuts or​ seeds,​” advises Dr. Kleiner.

The following guideline can be used for RDAs for three of​ the​ most common antioxidant nutrients,​ vitamin C,​ vitamin E,​ and beta-carotene; good sources and how best to​ maximize benefits of​ each are included.

Vitamin C: RDA at​ least 60 mg. (1/2 cup orange juice = 70 mg.) Citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes are good sources of​ vitamin C. Eat whole fruit for extra fiber. Avoid juice in​ glass containers,​ and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy some of​ the​ vitamin C.

Vitamin E: RDA 8 mg for women / 10 mg. for men (1 tablespoon of​ canola oil = 9 mg.) Good sources include nuts,​ seeds and their oils,​ fatty fish such as​ salmon,​ mackerel,​ halibut,​ and trout,​ and wheat germ. Use canola,​ olive,​ or​ another vegetable oil in​ place of​ butter or​ margarine when cooking.

Beta-carotene: no established RDA. Expert Dr. Kleiner,​ however,​ recommends 5-6 mg. ( One carrot = 12 mg.) Orange and yellow vegetables,​ and leafy green vegetables,​ including broccoli,​ are all good sources. Instead of​ potato chips or​ popcorn for an​ evening snack while watching television,​ opt for prepackaged,​ washed and peeled baby carrots.

If you feel you are unable to​ meet the​ RDAs through diet alone,​ by all means take an​ all-in-one antioxidant vitamin supplement a​ day,​ but continue to​ pay attention to​ rich food sources.


Because many over-the-counter cosmetics containing antioxidants don’t have enough to​ be totally affective by themselves,​ it​ is​ best to​ ‘feed’ them to​ your skin in​ combination with a​ healthy,​ antioxidant rich diet for younger looking skin.

We at​ Savvy Spa Luxuries care about you and your wellbeing. With proper skin care,​ a​ healthy diet,​ regular exercise,​ adequate sleep,​ and ample amounts of​ water,​ you can enjoy a​ more fit body,​ improved quality of​ life,​ increased stamina,​ and a​ glowing complexion!

©2006 Lori S. Anton
Savvy Spa Luxuries Editor
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