Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Keep Signs of Aging at Bay with Seasonal Fruits

As fall is the season when your skin begs for moisture, here are six seasonal foods to sate the demands of your body's largest organ.

◆ Pomegranates
Regarded as a fruit with numerous benefits for women, pomegranates contain natural estrogen to help protect the skin from wrinkles and stay firm. They are rich in minerals and vitamins that keep the skin looking youthful and clear.

The alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are produced naturally in pomegranates improve the texture and surface of your skin, and the fruit is also known to be an effective agent in delaying the effects of aging.

◆ Apples

Rich in malic acid, vitamins and sugar, apples help keep the skin supple and soft, while, on another level, the pectin content is effective in preventing constipation. There is no better food at preventing skin problems linked to poor digestion. As most nutrients are contained just below the apple peel, it's best to eat apples without removing the skin after washing them thoroughly.

◆ Pumpkins

Pumpkins are rich in beta carotene, an inactive form of vitamin A. They also contain vitamins B2 and C, making them a great tonic for a range of dermatological problems including inflammation of the skin, which occurs easily in fall. They also help keep freckles and creases at bay.

As beta carotene is impervious to heat treatment, it doesn't degrade even when pumpkins are stir-fried, giving you numerous ways to enjoy cooking this delectable fruit without compromising its health benefits.

◆ Peanuts
As well as being a great source of easily digestible protein, peanuts are great for dry skin as they are rich in vitamin E, which makes the skin supple and lustrous. However, if you have oily skin and suffer from acne, you would do well to avoid them as they can aggravate the condition.

◆ Jujubes
Jujubes contain more vitamins than tangerines, which spring to mind when thinking of solid vitamin sources and stockpiles of that all-essential vitamin C.

Jujubes are not ideal if you are on a diet, because of their rich sugar content, but they strengthen the skin's capillaries and contain heavy doses of vitamin P, making them a formidable weapon in the war against aging. They make a great snack if you are worried about signs of aging, such as wrinkles.

◆ Mushrooms

Mushrooms are rich in protein, vitamins and dietary fiber. They are also low in fat and are cholesterol-free, leading scientists to believe they can delay the onset of aging and help prevent wrinkles. Eating mushrooms with meat can help prevent cholesterol from building up.

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