Nothing says the start of summer like the piles of round sweet melons in supermarkets and farm stand tables. Melons, including honeydew, watermelon, persian and casaba, are low calorie, affordable and offer a range of vitamins and minerals.
Waterrmelon is mostly water but its red flesh is a great source of cancer fighting lycopene. Cantaloupe is the nutritional rock star of the melon world. The sweet rich orange flesh is packed with beta carotene, potassium, vitamin A ( 80% of RDA) and vitamin C ( 60% of RDA). Since both of these vitamins are closely linked to smoother less wrinkled skin, cantaloupes should be part of beauty diet.
In recent years there have been outbreaks of illness linked to cantoloupe contaminated during storage. To reduce problems buy whole rather than cut-up … Continue Reading… →
I so wish there was a nutritional supplement I could take that would make my skin smooth, soft and radiant. But the links between beautiful skin and nutrition are more complex than that. The NHANES study looked at the relationship between health and diet and found that people whose diets were higher in vitamin C, fiber, protein and linoleic acid looked younger and had fewer wrinkles. But these benefits were only there when the nutrients were from actual food– not where people took supplements. I know first hand how hard it is to find healthy food in a world dominated by burgers, tacos, pizza and take-out chinese food. At lunchtime, I’ve walked for blocks with a rumbling tummy trying to find a quick bite that wouldn’t shorten my lifespan. A multi-vitamin supplement can cover my dietary shortfalls but won’t really give me the … Continue Reading… →
I’m working my way through the vegetable aisle, picking out items in no particular order. Recently I added big bunch of curly kale to my cart and started to explore its nutritional profile. I was blown away! This common, affordable leafy green is so high in nutrients its ridonkulus. One half cup of cooked kale, which clocks in at just 21 calories, is practically bursting with a boatload of the strongest antioxidants. Its got twice the RDA for both vitamin A and vitamin C–both key anti-wrinkling nutrients. It even has respectable servings of calcium, iron and fiber. But wait there’s more. There is evidence that kale is anti-inflammatory, offering a healthy dose of cancer fighting indoles. Even better, Kale preserves these nutrients after steaming, a stint in the microwave or stir … Continue Reading… →
Searching for multi-tasking foods that deliver both health and beauty, you don’t have to look further than broccoli. It has been growing wild in the Mediterrean for centuries and plays a big role in the healthy lifestyles of Greece and Italy. A scant cup of raw chopped broccoli provides almost 40% of the RDA of vitamin A, and 155% of vitamin C — and all at a mere 28 calories. That’s impressive. But wait there is more. Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family that includes cabbage and brussel sprouts. All of these veggies contain indoles, compounds that protect against certain types of cancers.
Broccoli is available and affordable all year round. Raw broccoli carries the full payload of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving preserves most of them. If you boil broccoli … Continue Reading… →
Linoleic Acid ( LA) is found in vegetable oils including safflower, sunflower and corn oil. Its an “essential oil” which means its one of two fatty acids that are necessary for good health. Linoleic acid hs been shown to lower risk of heart disease, cancers and reduce diabetes complictions. When it comes to aging, lack of linoleic acid can cause dry skin, hair loss and slow wound healing.
The NHANES study found that women who had the highest levels of linoleic acid intake had fewer signs of skin aging. Its so easy to increase linoleic acid, its stupid. Use safflower or cornoil to saute food or prepare salad dressings. Safflower based mayonaise and margerine will supply the same beauty benefits. How easy is that?