Today is the first part of my Eat Pretty Series. In this series I will be featuring a nutrient every week that is essential for promoting healthy aging, keeping us feeling and looking young and beautiful. You’ll learn how they benefit our bodies and how to include them into your beauty diet from natural whole foods. Enjoy and eat pretty!
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
This is one powerful beauty nutrient that helps fight off signs of aging, keeps our skin healthy and us looking vibrant and youthful. It is a water soluble nutrient that our bodies cannot produce so is an essential part of our daily diet. Here are a few of its beauty superpowers:
Powerful Antioxidant – Vitamin C is a major antioxidant that helps fight damage caused by unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to cells all over our bodies and can speed up the signs of aging, making antioxidants a must in our beauty routine.
Maintain skin Integrity – Vitamin C is crucial for the formation of collagen the most abundant protein in the body that as a structural protein helps gives skin its firmness and tone. Increase your Vitamin C to produce collagen production to help with subtle youthful skin and strong nails.
Clear skin – Vitamin C helps with wound healing such as from acne-related blemishes.
Helps Iron Absorption – Low intakes of iron can cause anemia and low energy. Vitamin C will help you absorb the iron from foods when eaten together. Try spinach salad (iron) with sliced strawberries (vitamin C).
The sniffles aren’t attractive – Although Vitamin C hasn’t been proven to prevent illnesses such as the common cold, it has been show to decrease the symptoms and length of a cold.
The best way to get Vitamin C is through real food. This way you get additional nutrients that will support your radiant skin, healthy body and not just focus in on one unlike if taking a single nutrient supplement. I also tend to avoid the juices and eat more of the food whole or add them whole into a smoothie to ensure I get all the nutrients including fibre and avoid sugar loads.
Vitamin C rich foods – sweet bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, citrus fruit, kiwis, strawberries, melons, mango
Just like my bowls full of this beauty nutrient – simply increase your amount and variety of colourful vegetables and fruit and you’ll be sure to get a good load of Vitamin C!