Our bodies naturally produce a specific type of atoms called free radicals. These atoms are unbalanced and reactive and, if left unchallenged, can bring about a host of illnesses. Fortunately, we have something to counter their effects – antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from free radicals in order to keep our body at a natural, balanced state.
Although antioxidants are naturally produced in the body, the problem is that our body does not produce enough to counter all the free radicals and it becomes necessary to get more from a secondary source. Natural products like fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. Of course, we all know about the tremendous benefits of fruits and vegetables, but many of us aren’t aware of the fact that they play an integral role in maintaining the health of our skin and preventing the signs of aging.
Now, there are a number of different types of antioxidants and each of them has their own benefits. For example, some antioxidants improve our cardiovascular health while others are great for our eyes and skin.
Let’s take a closer look at how antioxidants can aid our skin.
Being outdoors in the sunlight exposes our skin to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays which can cause many skin ailments like sunburns, blisters, and even skin cancer. The antioxidants found in vitamin A, C and E are especially effective in protecting the skin from all such diseases and conditions. They also help protect against wrinkles and fine lines while retaining the skin’s elasticity. It goes without saying; these are all the factors that are required to keep our skin looking healthy.
When a person gets a combined dosage of all the different antioxidants, it gives their body complete protection against all the common illnesses.
As we mentioned earlier, fruits and vegetables are great sources for antioxidants. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables that you definitely want to include in your daily diet.
– Acai Berries
In addition to the above, red, kidney, and pinto beans as well as different types of nuts will also provide you with necessary antioxidants.
If you would like to learn more about how antioxidants can fulfill a balanced diet and aid our skin, contact Dr. Yael Halaas to Foods High in Antioxidants for Your Skin. Dr. Halaas has been helping adult patients in New York City achieve their vision of beauty. She is dedicated to providing the most efficient and effective care, making her one of New York City’s top plastic surgeons.
Written by Dr. Halaas