The A-Z of skin foods and ingredients
05 Jan 2018

A

is for Astaxanthin 

Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants - the first line of defense against free radicals which cause oxidation of DNA and proteins in your body and may lead to premature ageing.

B

 is for Biotin 

Biotin is also known as vitamin H or B7. It is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body so daily intake is necessary. Biotin may evidence benefit to hair, skin and nails.

is for Curcumin 

Curcumin is a bright orange/yellow spice found in the turmeric root. It has far reaching antioxidant properties and may help to protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

vitamin d

is for vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for healthy muscles, heart, lungs and brain function. We make our own Vitamin D from exposure to UVB rays in sunlight. This then manages the amount of calcium in blood, bones and gut and helps cells all over the body to communicate properly.  

E

is for Eggs

Eggs contain every amino acid the body needs. They're a great source of lutein, which helps to protect the eyes.

Fish

is for FISH 

Omega 3 oils found in salmon, tuna, sardines and herrings may slow damage to your DNA and protect against inflammation and other ageing processes. Omega 3 oils also have blood-thinning properties that protect arteries and lower blood pressure.

is for Garlic 

This helps to maintain blood circulation and oxygenated blood helps keep skin, hair and nails strong and healthy. Garlic also contains many antioxidants, is a natural antibiotic and decongestant, healthy immune system and lowers cholesterol. 

is for Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating, clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally. In the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where it helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. It is the major water retaining chemical in the skin.

is for Iodine

Iodine is considered one of the body’s vital nutrients, responsible for regulating thyroid function, supporting a healthy metabolism, aiding in growth and development, and preventing certain chronic diseases. Unfortunately, many adults don’t consume enough iodine-rich foods and are deficient in iodine. The good news is that most vegetables will contain an amount of iodine. Another reason to increase your daily vegetable intake.

J

is for Japanese
Green Tea 

Japanese green tea is full of anti-ageing antioxidants and contains methylxanthines that boost metabolism, help burn fat more rapidly and also lowers cholesterol.

K

is for Kombucha Tea 

Fermented and packed with antioxidants, just one or two cups a day is a way of taking all the antioxidants you need to age well. 

is for Lutein 

Lutein, nicknamed “the eye vitamin,” is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that is most well-known for helping to protect eye health. Just like many other types of antioxidants, lutein is found in brightly colored foods like fruits and vegetables — especially leafy greens and types that are deep orange or yellow.

is for Mackerel

Mackerel is high in vitamins and minerals and rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These "good" fats help with hormone balance and ensure that the skin stays hydrated.

is for Nuts

Nuts are full of anti-ageing flavonoids, protein, fibre, essential fats and many vitamins and minerals, including magnesium.

is for Oat Milk 

There is some evidence to suggest that removing dairy products can ease the symptoms of acne in some sufferers. Oat milk is high in fibre, lactose free and is particularly high in vitamin E and folic acid, which supports healthy skin making it a great milk alternative. 

P

is for Pine Bark

The plant extract from the French Maritime pine tree has shown that this collection of phyto-molecules not only rejuvenates skin elasticity and reduces collagen degradation, but works internally to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and restore capillary health. It does all this by attacking the same fundamental ageing mechanisms.

Cherries

is for Quercetin

Quercetin Is a bioflavonoid which is not a true vitamin. The human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, so they must be supplied in the diet. Bioflavonoids act synergistically with vitamin C to preserve and protect the structure of capillaries. Quercetin can be found in apples, peppers, cherries, berries and leafy greens such as kale and spinach.

R

is for Red 

Red fruit and veg like raspberries, strawberries, red peppers, red cabbage, red broccoli and red onions have many powerful antioxidants such as lycopene, potassium and vitamins A and C that are so important for healthy skin, hair and nails as well as the immune system.

is for Spinach 

Spinach is among the top 10 super-foods because it contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both thought to be especially strong anti-ageing compounds.

is for Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain quercetin and the antioxidant lycopene, which is proven to be a super-efficient, free-radical scavenger that helps to protect against age-related cell damage. 

U

is for Ubiquinol

 Commonly known as CoQ10, a vitamin-like substance found in all parts of the body whose function resembles those of vitamin E. This substance plays a critical role in the production of energy in every cell of the body. As we age the levels in our bodies decrease. It aids circulation, supports the immune system, helps to increase tissue oxygenation and has vital anti-ageing effects.

V

is for Variety 

It is important to not keep eating the same foods all the time. Make sure you have a variety of foods from all 5 food groups in your diet to give you the widest range of nutrients possible.

is for Walnuts

A great source of copper, which can help in grey hair and help it retain its natural colour longer.

X

is for X Factor

We vote vitamin A. Nothing else comes close. It is responsible for the way our cells divide, grow and mature and there would be no life without it.

GrapefruitY

is for Yellow fruit 

Grapefruits, melons, pineapple, lemons, squash and turnips have high antioxidant content, which helps to detoxify the body. The more richly yellow, the richer the antioxidant content. Grapefruits also contain compounds that help to reduce plaque in the arteries and help lower cholesterol.

Z

is for Zinc

Zinc is involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the skin (which produce oil) and helps to repair skin damage, keeps skin soft and supple. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and shellfish.