Published: Wed December 04, 2013
We all know we are what we eat but did you know that different coloured fruits and vegetables have an array of skin benefits? Whilst white foods tend to have the least skin benefits, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are nature’s pharmacy when it comes to radiant skin.
Is it true that blueberries are the cure for a wrinkle free skin or is it a myth that purple foods can deter the signs of ageing? Blueberries contain a chemical compound called anthocyanin which is responsible for the red, purple, and blue colours of many fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers. Anthocyanins are being heralded as being the super ingredients for anti-ageing and today we have a look at why these purple gems are so good for us…
Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are health-promoting compounds that help to protect cells and assist with ant ageing and cell damage. Research suggests anthocyanins play active roles in promoting eye, circulatory and cardiovascular health, protect against cell and DNA damage and promote longevity. Purple, blue and red foods have been shown to reduce inflammation within the body and indeed have a protective effect on cell membranes and collagen degradation.
Anthocyanins are predominant in tea such as rooibos and green tea, red wine, nuts, olive oil, cocoa and fruits and vegetables (particularly purple ones).
Include these purple fruits and vegetables into your diet at least 4-5 days a week for maximum purple power…
Purple carrots were first grown in the Middle and Far East, along with white, red, yellow, green and black versions. They are high in anthocyanins and pro-vitamin A carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants. They may also help with weight management and glucose control, and fantastic for healthy glowing skin.
Purple cauliflower is a type of broccoli that is purple and turns green upon cooking. Cruciferous vegetables have been researched for their cancer-fighting powers. Cauliflower has antioxidants and sulphur compounds that assist the liver to assimilate and remove harmful toxins. Always choose organic cruciferous vegetables as cauliflower, broccoli, brocollini type vegetables will absorb the chemical pesticides the most.
Plums and Prunes
Plums are a very good source of vitamin C, which can help with iron absorption. They are also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B2 and potassium. In addition, plums are a good source of dietary fiber. Adequate dietary fibre is essential to remove toxins from the GIT and aid in a healthy glowing skin. Additionally, both plums and prunes are full of phenols, natural compounds found in plants, which have protective properties therefore protecting the cells from free radical damage.
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Purple sweet potatoes have long been considered the food of gods — 7,000 years ago they were reserved for Incan kings in their native Peru. Sweet potatoes that are purple in colour compared to the more common orange tend to have more antioxidant potential than other potatoes. Purple spuds score as high as Brussels sprouts, kale or spinach on the antioxidant power scale. These purple sweet potatoes are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin c, folic acid and iron, wonderful for overall skin radiance and health!
It is no myth that purple foods are good for our general health and help to protect our skin from premature ageing however aim to eat a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables every day to ensure you are receiving as many skin boosting nutrients as possible!
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