This 'skinsational' vegetable helps fight wrinkles
Fruits and vegetables can help us stay younger at a cellular level. Vegetables that are high in certain vitamins and minerals also have benefits for the skin. This month's 'skinsational' vegetable that you'll want to add to your plate is asparagus that can help improve skin elasticity, cure blemishes and provide a natural skin moisturizer from the inside out.
Vitamin C and E in asparagus helps stop skin damage
The vegetable contains vitamin E and C that can help nourish the skin. One of the advantages of eating asparagus with vitamin E for healthy skin versus taking a supplement is that vitamin E comes in many forms - all of which are essential for keeping your complexion youthful.
The vitamin can help prevent sun damage and can help treat inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis and rosacea.
Vitamin can take up to 7 days to reach the oil glands where it penetrates the underlying skin layers to perform it's beauty "magic". What that means is you should try to incorporate foods with vitamin E into your diet on a daily basis.
Vitamin C in asparagus is important for skin health because it helps promote collagen formation that declines with aging. Collagen is the fiber in skin that keeps it plump and elastic to prevent sagging. Vitamin C foods might also help protect from UV ray damage.
Topical creams that contain vitamin C are not always stable, depending on the preparation. Getting your vitamin C from food may be the best way to keep a youthful appearance.
The combination of vitamin C and E in asparagus can help stop aging in several ways by reducing inflammation, promoting collagen and helping to prevent damage from sun exposure that can lead to cancer.
Vitamin K and rutin for skin health
Asparagus also contains vitamin K and rutin that help keep blood vessels strong. What that means for your skin is fewer spider veins. Vitamin K can also help prevent varicose veins.
Rutin is also an antioxidant that can nourish your skin from the inside out. A note of caution is that you are on any type of blood thinner you should limit your intake of vitamin K containing foods. Speak with your doctor about how much you should incorporate into your diet.
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is recommended for optimal health. Vitamins and minerals in asparagus are especially beneficial for your skin.
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Updated November 25, 2014