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Anti-aging super foods: How to look healthy the natural way

deRosaVicky101711_optBY VICKY DeROSA
COMMENTARY

What would you say if I told you that the best anti-aging products can be found right in your local supermarket? Ready to get gorgeous? I know you think that my answer to everything is food. Well that might be true but try these super foods on for size and see if you’re not feeling and looking more beautiful than ever.

Let us begin our quest for beauty with salmon. There are numerous benefits of salmon. Health wise, it’s amazing! It’s low in calories, high in protein and high in Omega-3’s. The cardiovascular benefits are phenomenal. However, we want to know – how will this beautiful pink fish make me pretty? Since salmon has such amazing cardiovascular benefits, it improves circulation. Improved circulation leaves skin rosy, supple, dewy and glowing. Also, the Omega-3’s are known to improve skin texture… microdermabrasion in a fish!

Who needs to take dangerous weight loss pills when you can just eat chia seeds? This is how this mighty little seed aids in weight loss; when the seed is exposed to water it forms a coating of gel increasing its size and weight. This helps with satiety as it expands in your stomach. You will feel very full! Also, chia seeds are very high in anti-oxidants and have an amazing shelf life with no preservatives! All natural, baby!

Ginger – No we are not talking about the redhead from Gilligan’s Island. We are talking about a skin super hero! First off, ginger has the ability to lighten age spots. This is very important because age spots are a dead giveaway for age or unfortunately can make you look older than you actually are. Ginger contains the powerful anti-oxidant gingerol which not only fights skin damaging free radicals, but promotes smoothness and evenness in skin tone. Blue ginger from Madagascar has particular potent anti-oxidant properties. Also, ginger is an anti-inflammatory which makes it a natural acne fighting ingredient. The antiseptic properties of ginger kill bacteria that causes acne! Wow!

Quinoa – that’s kinda fun to say but more fun to eat! It’s light, mild and a little crunchy. Did you know that Quinoa is not actually a grain, it’s a seed related to the spinach family. It is a complete protein which means it contains all of the nine essential amino acids. It’s also very high in nutrients and fiber! YUM!

Do you have rough, scaly winter skin? It’s OK, you are not alone, and we have the answer! Sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which helps balance PH levels and encourages skin cell turnover. It has vitamin C which helps boost immunity and has huge anti-aging properties. Sweet potatoes also have high levels of vitamin B6 which lowers your chances of heart attack and stroke. This is a very sweet thing!

Hail, Hail, King Kale! Kale is loaded with beta carotene and lutein, these two nutrients improve skin elasticity and firmness. Who needs a face lift when you can eat kale? In addition to making your face gorgeous it is packed with vitamins and minerals that will meet all the requirements of your daily nutrition content! Kale contains phytochemicals and sulforaphanes along with indoles which are known to protect against cancer. It helps boost the immune system so a little kale a day keeps the doctor away. Trying to lose weight? Kale fills you up with fewer calories. Kale is king!

Brussels sprouts… not your grandma’s Brussels sprouts! They are so delicious; the whole family will love them! They are a great source of vitamins B2, B5, B6, C, folate, beta-carotene and potassium. They are also high in fiber. Roast them in the oven for a yummy side dish!

Artichokes…besides its health benefits artichokes can be used as a diuretic, aphrodisiac, breath freshener and deodorant! Can you guess which vegetable has the highest anti-oxidant content? Surprisingly, the answer is artichokes! They are very high in a certain antioxidant known as phytonutrients in the form of cynarin and silymarin, which can aid in digestion, liver problems, gallbladder function and cholesterol levels.



 

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