Dermatologists and skincare experts continue to recommend an antioxidant-rich diet to maintain healthy skin and prevent age-related diseases. Fall is the perfect season to change up your diet and add antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables and other seasonal items to your weekly menu. Some popular fall harvest foods contain compounds such as phytonutrients that reduce inflammation in the body and can even ward off some of the signs of premature aging.
Add some of these foods to your diet this fall so that you can maintain a healthy glow and achieve younger looking skin:
Pumpkin and Squash
Pumpkin and squash are low in fat and calories, and high in antioxidants and nutrients. Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E in pumpkin can reduce inflammation in the body and keep your skin glowing. Just one cup of winter squash contains 146% of your daily value of vitamin A, and is also a rich source of beta carotene (Source: The Anti-Aging Artist). Make sure your fall menu includes plenty of pumpkin and squash to give your diet an antioxidant boost.
Add them to your favorite baked goods or cook up some cranberries for a tasty side dish this fall and you will easily increase your antioxidant intake. Cranberries are a tasty fruit that you can find at your local Farmer’s market, grocery store and natural foods co-op throughout the fall months. The Cranberry Institute reports that cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PACs) that support a healthy urinary tract and also contain phytonutrients that can ward off age-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease. (Source: The Cranberry Institute)
Apples are a healthy snack that are chock full of antioxidatns including catechin, quercetin and chlorgenic acid. They are also high in fiber and water, and can curb hunger pangs. If you’re on a calorie-restricted diet or just looking for a nutrient-rich snack, reach for an apple a day to give your skin a boost and improve your health.
Not only are green beans high in fiber, but they also contain vitamin K and several anti-inflammatory nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy green beans in your casseroles, soups and salads this fall and boost your nutrient intake with ease.
High in phytonutrients that can protect cells from free radical damage, eggplant is a versatile vegetable you can add to a number of entrees and sides this fall. You can bake it, roast it, or sautee it with other vegetables without losing its nutrient content. Eggplant is rich in several B-vitamins, and also contains tryptophan that has a natural calming effect.
Sweet potatoes are also rich in antioxidants and can be cooked in several ways for both sweet and savory items for your fall menu. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C, fiber, vitamin B, potassium and iron. All of these nutrients can promote healthy skin, and since this is a low-glycemic carbohydrate, you won’t have to worry about skyrocketing blood sugar levels.