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Have you heard how "Superfoods" may slow the aging process of our skin?  In general, these foods are good for our bodies, and we should incorporate them into our diet.  There are quite a few "superfoods", however, three are particularly good to the skin.  They are blueberries, broccoli and tomatoes.  While all three are high in antioxidants that protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as all three have hydrating qualities, each has their own special nuance.  

Blueberries are high in Phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients is derived from the Greek word "phyto" meaning plant.  This particular nutrient is said to promote human health, which in turn, leads to healthy skin.

Broccoli is rich in Vitamins A and C.  Vitamin A is key in our cell growth.  Too much Vitamin A, however, can cause dry skin.  As the saying goes, everything in moderation.  Vitamin C helps slow wrinkling of the skin.  Broccoli is also high in Vitamin K.  However, the more I read, I am finding that the roll that Vitamin K plays in skin care is better if used topically.  Skin care gels that contain Vitamin K can help reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Tomatoes are the last item in our list of our "superfoods" that help slow the appearance of aging and have various vitamins including A and C.  Tomatoes contain the Flavonoids.  Flavonoids are the biggest class of antioxidants.  While tomatoes are great to eat raw, apparently, it is more beneficial to eat tomatoes cooked and get the most from the Flavonoids.

Having a good skin care regimen and sticking to it, is so important.  Many skin care products contain Vitamin Antioxidants and help slow the anti-aging process.  I believe the first part of a skin regimen should start with a healthy diet – what keeps us healthy inside will help keep us looking healthy and young on the outside.

What do you think?  Do you incorporate superfoods into your daily diet?  Please comment!


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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 27, 2009
    • I probably eat more tomatoes and blueberries than broccoli. I don’t eat them daily but easily a few times per week.  

      I do think diet/lifestyle plays a big part on skincare but also having a good skincare regimen is vital too.

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