Foods high in antioxidants have a vital role in our health and our skin, so is very important to incorporate them in our diet. By eating this amazing food the body will be able to cope better with diseases, will have more energy and brain function will improve.
There is nothing new, you probably eat them daily, but maybe you are not aware of their excellent health benefits.
Incorporate as many as you want into your daily diet to boost your complexion as well as your health.
Nuts are one of the best food and everybody should incorporate them as a part of a healthy diet.
Nuts are great super-foods for skin and are mainly composed of good fats, the same we can find in olive oil. They are also high in vegetal proteins, flavonoids, fibber, vitamins, especially vitamin E, vitamin B and vitamin C.
Health benefits of nuts:
All nuts have health benefits: almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts, etc but remember to choose nuts without salt, and eat just a handful because they are high in calories.
2. Oily Fish
Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, trout, ... should form part of a healthy, balanced diet. Oily fish contain omega 3 fatty acids, which reduces the risk of developing heart related conditions.
Other oily fish health benefits are:
Oily fish constitute one of the best super-foods for skin because it moisturizes the skin inside out, improving hair and skin condition. Discover DMAE in cosmetics.
Researchers suggest eating two to three portions of oily fish a week. Oily fish is higher in calories than white fish, but is worth to eat it because of all the health benefits.
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around and my favorite. This potent antioxidant has many uses as a natural medicine and in skin care, especially anti aging skin care.
The best is virgin olive oil from the first press. It keeps all its flavor because it comes directly from olive's juice. Is very rich in "oleic acid" a monounsaturated fat, and vitamin e.
Health benefits of olive oil:
You should use olive oil in your daily cooking, and extra virgin olive oil for dressings and salads.
Tea is, after water, the second most consumed drink in the world. There are around 3000 types of tea worldwide, but the main types are black, green, red and white tea.
Tea is rich in antioxidant compounds called "polyphenols" which have great health benefits such as:
Tea Anti-aging Properties
Tea has been incorporated by the cosmetic industry as an skin care ingredient in many cosmetic products, because of its high antioxidant power and healing properties.
Researchers suggest that drinking at least four cups of tea a day will lower the risk of developing some forms of cancers and heart related conditions, and could also help with weight loss.
5. Dark chocolate
Researchers have discovered that dark chocolate has more health benefits than milk chocolate because when the milk is added, it looses its antioxidant properties.
The cocoa that we find in dark chocolate is a good source of "flavonoids", which are antioxidant compounds with health benefits such as:
Dark chocolate taste bitter, and in my opinion, it does not taste as good as milk chocolate, but is worth to eat it because of all the health benefits. Be careful if you are watching your weight because is high in calories.
These super-foods for skin and body are only a small example of all the antioxidants we can incorporate into our diets. Eat healthy and you will be rewarded with healthy skin, mind and body.
These nutrients also affect the way the skin looks. Eating antioxidant rich food will help with collagen production, which in turn will improve the skin's appearance, making it look firmer and younger.
Antioxidants are minerals, vitamins and enzymes that help the body to get rid of free radicals, protecting the cells from disease.
Eating a healthy diet doesn't have to be boring. With clever, original recipes and your imagination is possible to get into the routine of eating the necessary daily intake of nutrients, to keep you health and skin in top condition.
So go on, don't leave it for tomorrow. Start right now and you will be on the way to a new healthier you, and a younger looking skin.
Variety is the key, so don't go eating only these food, there are other foods no mentioned here that have nutritional properties as well, just try to eat as healthy as you can.
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Gazpacho is one of the best antioxidant recipes your body can benefit of. This recipe is from Spain where I come from.
We eat gazpacho mostly in summer as is a cool, refreshing soup for the summer months.
The main ingredient are tomatoes which have antioxidants such as lycopene.
Blend all these ingredients together until smooth.
Place it in the fridge or leave it at room temperature.
Serve in a bowl and enjoy!
You can add more onion, garlic or vinegar if you would like the flavor to be stronger.
You can also add some of the following ingredients on top of the soup: croutons, boiled egg, cucumber, Parma ham, small pieces of tomato and peppers, parsley, coriander, olive oil, or whatever you fancy.
What other food can give you real antioxidant power?