The summertime fave is loaded with lycopene.
“This antioxidant compound gives watermelon and tomatoes their red color—and helps skin stave off UV damage,” said nutrition pro Keri Glassman, RD, founder of NutritiousLife.com.
Researchers believe that the melon contains as much as 40 percent more of the phytochemical than raw tomatoes; that’s the equivalent of an SPF 3, so use it to bolster (not replace) your daily dose of sunscreen.
Boost radiance . popping some of these plump little beauties. Blueberries supply vitamins C and E (two antioxidants that work in tandem to brighten skin, even out tone and fight off free-radical damage), as well as arubtin, “a natural derivative of the skin lightener hydroquinone,” Zeichner said.
High in zinc, shellfish has anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat a range of skin annoyances, acne included.
“Zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells,” said Dr. Whitney Bowe, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “That’s why you find the nutrient in many acne medications.”
In fact, research shows that people with acne have lower levels of zinc than people with clear skin.
Your fingernails (toenails, too) are made of protein, so a deficiency can turn those talons soft. Keep yours thick and mani-pedi-ready . cracking smart: “Eggs are a good . of biotin, a B complex vitamin that metabolizes amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein,” said Dr. Frank Lipman, director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City.
Omega-3 fatty acids (found in the natural oils that keep your hair hydrated) and vitamin E (which helps repair damaged follicles) are two secrets behind strong, lustrous strands—and these nuts are full of both, Lipman said. All you need is 1/4 cup a day. What’s more, walnuts are packed with copper, which will help keep your natural color rich: Studies show that being deficient in the mineral may be a factor in going prematurely gray.
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