‘Beauty’ Foods Help You Look Younger

What foods can you eat to help you look younger and promote healthy smooth skin, strong nails, and shiny hair? Fruits, vegetables, melons, peppers, grains, nuts, mushrooms, and fish containing the FoodTrients anthocyanins, carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and vitamins C and E, as well as copper, silica, and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). Let’s explore these one at a time and see why they’re so good for our complexion, nails, and hair.

Anthocyanins improve capillary function. Your capillaries bring blood to your skin and are therefore very important for optimum skin health. You can get anthocyanins in your diet by eating red, blue, and purple fruits and vegetables. Berries are an excellent source. Plums, pomegranates, and grapes are, too. My Almond-Blueberry Gelatin Parfaits helps keep your skin beautiful. Vegetable sources include eggplant, blue corn, blue potatoes, and tomatoes.

Carotenoids convert to vitamin A inside our bodies. Vitamin A boosts the production of collagen, which strengthens skin and hair. Orange and yellow fruits and veggies are rich sources of carotenoids. I love mangos, papayas, jackfruit, and sweet potatoes. My Sweet Potato and Jackfruit Delight and Mango Tapioca recipes help build collagen and keep your skin young. Kale, spinach, and moringa leaves are also good sources of carotenoids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the best possible way to give skin the fat it needs to stay hydrated and elastic, and therefore wrinkle-free. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines from the ocean contain plenty of this good fat. My recipe for Homemade Sardines in my cookbook FoodTrients: Age-defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life will help you become more familiar with this healthful ingredient. Whole grains also provide omega-3s, as do seeds and nuts,-especially flaxseeds and walnuts.

Selenium helps skin stay elastic, allowing it to bounce back from all those facial expressions we use every day. Mushrooms and Brazil nuts are a great source of this mineral. My Brazil Nut Tarts are a delicious way to get your selenium and your omega-3s.

Vitamin C aids tissue regeneration, which is especially helpful after a facial, dermabrasion, or an acid peel. Citrus fruits, berries, melons, and peppers are all good sources. A spicy salsa with hot peppers and lime juice can be a real skin saver.

Vitamin E strengthens skin and hair, whether taken internally or used topically. Add vitamin E to your diet by snacking on nuts and seeds or even sea buckthorn berries. Whole grains and vegetable oils also contain good amounts of vitamin E.

Copper forms collagen to promote strong and youthful-looking skin. Buckwheat, beans, nuts, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, red meat, poultry, and liver all contain copper.

Silica improves the structure of collagen, elastin, and connective tissues in general. Believe it or not, beer is a good source of this mineral. Coffee and water also contain silica. Unrefined whole grains, seeds, cucumbers, onions and alfalfa sprouts do, too.

Superoxide dismutase, also known as SOD, fights free-radical damage in your skin cells. We all need that, no matter how old we are. Melons, such as honeydew and cantaloupe, are great sources of SOD, along with barley grass and wheatgrass. The next time you’re in a juice bar, ask for a glass of melon juice with a wheatgrass shooter. It will do your skin good. You can also eat Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, corn, and soy.

I hope this guide helps you eat your way to beautiful, younger-looking skin!


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
anti-inflamatory Anti-Inflammatory

Reduces inflammation process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

anti-oxidant Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

immunity-booster Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

mind Mind

Enhancers encourage vibrant skin and hair and improve mood and mental agility.

disease-preventing Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.