“Antioxidant” has been a major buzzword for years. We’ve heard it countless times. Antioxidants seem to be infused in every beauty product we buy from hair conditioner to sunscreen to body wash. And we flock to it, don’t we? Any chance of slowing down the aging process and boosting our natural beauty is good by us!
Study after study continues to show that antioxidants truly are a game changer for our skin (read a phenomenal explanation on the power of antioxidants HERE). By fighting against the free radicals that not only accelerate aging but are also linked to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, antioxidants prove to be beneficial for both our bodies and our beauty.
There is something to be said for going to the root of the source and grabbing those antioxidants straight from colorful fruits and vegetables. Here are some produce options extremely high in antioxidants to add to your shopping list.
With many varieties to choose from full of vibrant reds, blues, and purples, berries are a fruit low in sugar and rich in antioxidants. Blueberries are also shown to help acne sufferers!
Kale and spinach have been popping up in every restaurant and smoothie shop for a reason. Among a long list of other benefits, a diet high in leafy greens has been shown to benefit those with rosacea.
Prunes have a lot of negative stereotypes: 1. They’re for old people. 2. They only serve the purpose of keeping us regular. 3. They taste bad. But none of these are true! An excellent source of antioxidants, a couple of prunes can make a great slightly sweet, anti-aging snack.
Red Bell Pepper:
Not only are these mild peppers high in antioxidants, they are also full of vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production. A must for youthful skin!
With fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and high amounts of antioxidants (especially red kidney beans and pinto beans!), beans are an incredible source of all-round health and weight control.
We often praise avocados for their source of healthy fats (and they definitely deserve the praise!). But avocados are also high in antioxidants and biotin, a mineral important for hair health.
Of course, if at all possible, if you can buy these fruits and vegetables organic, or from a farmer’s market where you know the growers, that is a great investment. Purity from the inside out.