Updated: Mar 9
You probably already know how good vegetables are for your health and wellbeing. But did you know they can also work wonders for your skin and make you look noticeably younger?
Certain veggies contain extremely powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which support and nourish the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and give it a more vibrant, youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn about five of the best veggies to eat if you want younger looking skin.
Beets are a bright colored vegetable that can have an amazing effect on your skin. In fact, studies have shown that the antioxidants in beets can reduce the deepness of wrinkles by over 50%.
You can eat beets raw, roasted or in your salads. Another popular way to consume beets and benefit from their skin boosting properties is to juice them.
2. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers contain a wide range of skin boosting nutrients. First, they’re rich in vitamin C which is essential for the production of collagen in your body – a protein that firms your skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Second, they contain lots of B vitamins which have been shown to prevent skin blemishes that contribute to the visible signs of aging.
You can eat bell peppers in lots of different ways. Chop them up and add them to a salad. Stuff them with a wide range of ingredients. Add them to casseroles, stews and other hot dishes.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are packed full of antioxidants and ingredients that detoxify your body. The antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals that can accelerate the aging process while the detoxifying ingredients remove harmful toxins from your skin and ensure that it remains smooth and vibrant as you age.
Brussel sprouts are often boiled and eaten as a side dish with roast dinners. Another way is to cut them in half, coat them with olive oil and garlic, sprinkle them with parmesan cheese and roast them. These go great as a side dish or as a tasty appetizer.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A which helps your skin stay hydrated and free from wrinkles. The vitamin A also has the added benefit of keeping your vision healthy and strong as you age. Carrots also contains plenty of vitamin C which helps your skin maintain an elastic, youthful appearance.
When it comes to eating carrots, you have lots of options. You can chop them up and eat them raw or steam them and serve them as a side dish. Or, you can use them as one of the ingredients in a nutrient packed vegetable soup.
Kale has quickly become one of the most popular and talked about health foods around. One of the main reasons for its popularity is that it contains incredibly high levels of vitamin K – an antioxidant that protects your skin from damage and helps keep it smooth and vibrant. It’s also packed full of fiber which reduces your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as you age.
Kale is extremely versatile and can be eaten in almost any way you can imagine. Add it to salads with chopped apples. Use it in a smoothie. Bake, boil or steam it.
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