By eating the right foods, you can do a lot for your beauty
besides reducing your waistline and boosting your immunity. The right foods can
help get rid of wrinkles, give your hair a healthy shine and strengthen your
nails, leaving you looking hot and ravishing.
According to an expert, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of
Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York
City, “Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a
significant role in how well you age,” The right approach, he believes, is to create
a plan that includes what he calls “the building blocks of healthy skin and
hair”—nutrients, minerals and fatty acids—as well as antioxidants to protect
your body from damaging environmental stresses.
Guess what, you can get some of these items right here in
our neck of the world, and have people comment on your younger, fresher looking
skin on a daily basis.
Having a cup of coffee every morning not only jump-starts
your day—coffee also contains bioactive compounds that may help protect your skin
from melanoma (skin cancer), according to a recent report in the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute in the United States. Researchers found that the more
coffee people drank, the less likely they were to get the disease: Those
drinking four cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk of developing malignant
melanoma over a 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers.
Watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. This
antioxidant compound gives watermelon and tomatoes their red color—and helps
skin fight off damage caused by ultra violet (UV) light from the sun.
Researchers believe that the melon contains as much as 40 percent more of the
phytochemical than raw tomatoes.
This fruit is bursting with antioxidants, like vitamin C,
that prevent fine lines, wrinkles and dryness by neutralizing the free radicals
that weather skin. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found
that higher vitamin C intake lessened the likelihood of dryness and wrinkles in
Your fingernails (toenails, too) are made of protein, so a
deficiency can turn the nails soft. Keep yours thick and mani-pedi-ready by consuming
eggs, which are also a good source of biotin, a B complex vitamin that metabolizes
amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein..
These creamy rich fruits are high in oleic acid, an omega-9
fatty acid that helps skin retain moisture in the outer layer to keep it soft,
plump and supple.
Now commonly found in Nigeria, this sweet melon contains
beta carotene, or vitamin A, which is believed to regulate the growth of skin
cells on your scalp and sebum in the skin’s outer layer. This keeps pores from
getting clogged and causing flakes.
7. Bell Peppers
Boost your radiance by having some of these plump spicy
fruits. Bell peppers supply vitamins C and E - two antioxidants that work in
tandem to brighten skin, even out tone and fight off free-radical damage. The
red variant is known to contain the highest concentration of vitamin C.
This leafy green vegetable's many nutrients include vitamin K (it
promotes healthy blood clotting, so the blood vessels around the eyes don’t
leak and cause eye shadows) and loads of iron. Insufficient levels of iron in
your diet can cause your skin to look pale, making it easier to spot blood
vessels under the skin. Spinach is also a good source of vitamin A, C & E,
all micronutrients that are excellent for your skin. To get the maximum
benefits out of spinach, it is best to eat it cooked, not raw.
High in zinc, shellfish has anti-inflammatory properties
that can help treat a range of skin annoyances, acne included. "Zinc
accelerates the renewal of skin cells,” says Whitney Bowe, MD, clinical
assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
Sinai. “That’s why you find the nutrient in many acne medications.” In fact,
research shows that people with acne have lower levels of zinc than people with
10. Cashew Nuts
Where to start with the action packed cashew nut? As one of the major producers in the world of cashew nut, Nigeria is blessed with the food
which is sometimes known as nature’s vitamin pill. It is packed with micro
nutrients such as zinc and selenium which are good for the skin. And with a
high copper content, too, cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron,
eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the
skin and hair pigment melanin.