Superfoods for Healthy Skin
Frank Lipman, a former chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City recommend four foods he considers as nutritional powerhouses, which are loaded with antioxidants. These superfoods help to hydrate the skin, boost circulation, and promote cell turnover, making one look healthier and younger.
Lipman recommends eating wild salmon two to three servings a week for its omega-3 fatty acid content, which most people lack in their bodies. Fatty fish do not only help the body expel bad fats, they also pad the skin and cell membranes, to make the skin plumper and more radiant.
Next, Lipman suggests sprinkling some chia seeds on top of every meal for a total of about two tablespoons a day. These seeds are packed with antioxidants, fatty acids, and fiber, which aids in digestion. Avocados are a versatile food which contains many nutrients like folate, lutein, oleic acid, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats. These fruits can be eaten in many ways and one can benefit from the good fats which help skin retain moisture. Lipman recommends eating a quarter to a whole avocado per day.
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale are loaded with many vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Studies show that these antioxidants reduce production of free radicals, which improve one’s complexion. He advises taking at least one to two servings daily.
According to Dr. Lipman, it is important to avoid detrimental foods such as sugars, which produce advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). The substances clog arteries, dry out skin tissue, and build up plaque where fluids should flow freely, thus contributing to skin dryness and wrinkles.
Clarke, G. Eat Your Way to Younger Skin with Four Superfoods. Allure Magazine.