Monday, May 22, 2017

The three proven antioxidant foods for glowing young complexion.

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Complexion-the one aspect of appearance that the Indians are obsessed with, can be improved not just by cosmetics alone but with the help of the right food! By ‘right food’, I mean foods that are loaded with ‘antioxidants’.

Don’t just take my word; read the experts in nutrition and listen to some of the world beauties.

Why antioxidants?
Like me, you too must be frequently encountering with the word ‘antioxidant’ in the Internet and in your WhatsApp messages. Have you ever looked up as to why it is so commonly mentioned?

Antioxidants have the capability to capture the free radicals

Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., a Seattle-based nutritionist, was reported as saying, “eating foods rich in antioxidants is best. There’s no substitute for getting nutrients through food. The body absorbs and assimilates them far better than in supplement form.”

Kleiner suggests the following foods:
·         Generous servings of vegetables
·         Eat daily one orange or a grapefruit
·         To increase vitamin C and beta-carotene intake, eat at least two orange-yellow or leafy green vegetables each day.

For Younger Looking Skin complexion
The general demand from the Indians is “I want a better and brighter complexion”. I think it is a bit vague expression. I would put it this way; they want to look younger in their complexion.

To sport a youthful skin, that is supple and soft, it is not necessary to reach out for a jar of skin rejuvenator. By drinking a cup of orange juice and eating one raw carrot provides twice a day, is equal to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C and beta-carotene.  If you like to eat fruit or vegetable salads, add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to it. Sprinkle liberally some nuts in your salad bowl.

Do you know the three important ingredients in an antioxidant food?
1.  Vitamin C,
2. Vitamin E,
3. Beta-carotene

Vitamin C:  RDA at least 60 mg. (1/2 cup orange juice = 70 mg.)  Citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. Eat whole fruit for extra fiber. Avoid juice in glass containers and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy some of the vitamin C.

Vitamin E:  RDA 8 mg for women / 10 mg. for men (1 tablespoon of canola oil = 9 mg.)  Good sources include nuts, seeds and their oils, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, and trout, and wheat germ. Use canola, olive, or another vegetable oil in place of butter or margarine when cooking.

Beta-carotene:  Dr. Kleiner, however, recommends 5-6 mg. (One carrot = 12 mg.)  Orange and yellow vegetables, and leafy green vegetables, including broccoli, are all good sources. Instead of potato chips or popcorn for an evening snack while watching television, opt for prepackaged, washed and peeled baby carrots.

If you still think that you have no stomach for so many raw vegetables and fruits, then you have to take an all-in-one antioxidant vitamin supplement a day, though the end result won’t be the same.

I know of so many over-the-counter cosmetics that are said to contain antioxidants; but, I firmly say that they are not as good as the diets mentioned above.


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