If good health is not a motivation enough for you to have your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, then perhaps beauty will be. The nutrients found in these fruits and vegetables offer surprising visible benefits for your hair, skin, nails and weight as well. Check out the list of 10 fruits and vegetables that will make you look and feel beautiful from head to toe.
Carrots are rich in carotenoids, a pigment that helps protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. These pigments are found in many other yellow and orange fruits including mangoes, cantaloupe and papayas. Carrots can protect your skin from UV rays and give your skin a natural healthy glow. They also help prevent dandruff and hair thinning.
Vitamin C found in pomegranates helps reduce wrinkles and dryness in aging skin. Pomegranates also help ‘hold’ the skin tighter, increase firmness and slow the development of wrinkles.
Blueberries, like pomegranates are also rich in vitamin C. They contain vitamin E and arubatin (a derivative of a natural skin lightener). The two vitamins are antioxidants that work together to brighten and even out skin tone.
Besides being rich in skin-firming vitamin C and vitamin A, this super-food is a good source of nutrients which neutralize harmful free radicals produced by ultraviolet light, thereby protecting skin from sun damage.
Beetroot contains several skin and hair enhancing nutrients such as iron, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Regular beetroot consumption may reduce acne oiliness and makes skin glow. It can also prevent hair loss and wrinkles. Applying beetroot to your face can remove blemishes and dark circles and lighten the skin.
Grapes are rich in vitamin C, E and antioxidants. The antioxidants in grapes help improve circulation and promote growth of healthy, luscious hair. Grapes help boost metabolism, make the skin look young, fresh and radiant. Rubbing grape seed oil onto your face can soften skin, reduce under-eye puffiness and lighten scars.
Although strawberries contain a plethora of skin-enhancing nutrients, this fruit is best known for its whitening properties. Strawberries have lightening extracts that can lighten both skin and teeth. Applying strawberry juice can reduce oiliness, acne and under-eye puffiness.
For many, looking good also means getting slim & losing weight; and when it comes to losing weight, there is no better food than grapefruit. This low calorie fruit has been proven to kick-start metabolism, curb cravings and burn fat. Grapefruit is also loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Bananas consist of potassium, iron and Vitamins B6, B12 and E. Eating bananas can cure dry eyes and lead to soft skin and shiny hair. Mashed bananas or even banana peels can cure acne and blemishes, nourish the skin and hair and remove signs of aging.
In addition to being rich in vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids (all of which are beneficial to the skin), spinach contains lutein, which is known to keep eyes sparkling and healthy.
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