Outer Beauty: Nine Antioxidant-Rich (and Dermatologist-Approved) Foods for Your Skin

Skin less than glowing? Try nourishing it from the inside with these antioxidant-rich foods.


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• Carrots contain beta carotene and may help prevent wrinkles and sunspots.

• Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their color, may keep sun damage at bay.

 Low-glycemic-index foods such as brown rice and sweet potatoes may help alleviate acne.

 Salmon contains astaxanthin, which some studies show can help prevent uneven skin tone and sunspots, plus omega-3s, which may stop wrinkles from forming.

—Dr. Emmy Graber, Boston University School of Medicine


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• Green tea not only contains caffeine, which evidence suggests can provide protection against skin cancer, but it also has GTCs (green tea catechins), believed to help slow down the aging process.

 Apples are packed with flavonoids, which may improve skin strength. The polyphenols in the peel, meanwhile, are natural antioxidants.

 The vitamin C in lemons is a skin brightener.

 Quinoa is a low-glycemic-index food that has flavonoids and vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

—Dr. Jennifer Lin, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Željko Serdar

    Astaxanthin, a member of the carotenoid family, it is a
    dark red pigment and the main carotenoid found in algae and aquatic
    animals. It is responsible for the red/pink coloration of crustaceans,
    shellfish, and the flesh of salmonoids. CCRES produces
    astaxanthin from the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis, the richest
    known natural source for astaxanthin.

    Astaxanthin however, is more than just a red pigment, it is
    primarily an extremely powerful antioxidant. It has the unique capacity
    to quench free radicals and reactive species of oxygen and to inhibit
    lipid peroxidation. Studies have shown astaxanthin to be over 500 times
    stronger than vitamin E and much more potent than other carotenoids such
    as lutein, lycopene and β-carotene.

    Astaxanthin was found to have beneficial effects in many
    health conditions related to the Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders,
    skin health, joint health, muscle endurance, as well as to the
    cardiovascular, immune, eye and other systems.http://ccres-aquaponics.blogspot.com/2012/09/astaxanthin-from-haematococcus-pluvialis.html