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15 Foods and Nutrients to Eat for Beautiful Skin

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15 Foods and Nutrients You Can Eat for Beautiful Skin Via Aydali Campa

They are found in olive oil, flax seeds, walnuts, sardines and mackerel. Wild salmon is one of the best sources for omega-3s.

9) Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the best source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a powerhouse in the fight against free radicals.

10) Green tea
Called skin’s magic potion, green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants and may slow DNA damage.

11) Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate helps hydrate skin and protects against sun damage. Choose chocolate with a high flavanol content and that contains at least 60 percent cacao.

12) Pumpkin

Pumpkin has carotenoids which are wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that quash free radicals and keep skin hydrated. It is also filled with vitamins A, C and E.

13) Selenium

Selenium is another powerful antioxidant charged with protecting skin from free radicals. Good sources are Brazil nuts, broccoli, eggs, fish, shellfish, tomatoes and wheat germ.

14) Olive oil

Olive oil’s antioxidants disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation to soften skin.

15) Zinc

Zinc helps the sebaceous glands function in the skin. They produce oil, repair skin damage, and keep skin soft and supple. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, nuts, oysters, poultry seeds and whole grains.

Reviewed March 24, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

Read more in HER Beauty

"The Top 10 Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair." Fitness Magazine. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

Grumman, Rachel. "5 Foods for Healthy Skin." Health.com. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

Lewin, Jo. "Eat Your Way to Fabulous Skin." BBC Good Food. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

"Foods for Healthy, Supple Skin in Pictures." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

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