Summer is coming, and with it, we’re all going to see a lot more bare skin, college reunions, weddings, and beach days. In other words, it’s the time of year you want to look your best. Pair your vitamins with these complementary foods to get the maximum benefits for healthy, beautiful skin. Grab them as a snack or a quick, healthy dinner.
These little sweeties are packed full of antioxidants which can slow the effects of aging on your skin. Brightly colored fruits are also a great source of Vitamin C, known to stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that gives skin its elasticity and helps to break down wrinkles.
Popeye it up with this leafy superfood! Spinach and other leafy greens are full of Vitamins C and B (especially Vitamin B-9, folic acid). Since Vitamin C is water soluble, you need to replenish it constantly, at mealtimes and with supplements. Throw spinach into your salads, pasta sauces, and even smoothies for a quick nutritional fix.
Your favorite creamy taco topping is bursting with Vitamin B. Our bodies absorb B vitamins best when they’re working together with other Bs, so team up your supplements with avocado and other foods rich in a variety of B vitamins. Choose avocados that are slightly soft to the touch near the stem-end of the fruit. You’ll have the best luck finding delicious, ripe avocados in the first few months of the year. No matter when you find them, though, they’re easy to use: cut it in half and eat with a spoon, or use it to replace heavy cream in some recipes.
Rich in B vitamins and Vitamin D, salmon is also an excellent source of healthy protein. Skin cells are replaced about every 24 days, and protein provides the building blocks for cell construction and repair. Choose sustainably caught Alaskan salmon to ensure that this healthy source of nutrients stays part of our food chain for a long time to come.
Another great source of protein, nuts and seeds are ideal complements to healthy hair and skin supplements because they also deliver on Vitamin B, omegas, and fatty acids.