Friday, May 18, 2012

The Glow Diet: Part IV (Finale)

The Glow Diet: Part IV (Finale)

Vitamin E

This antioxidant, also known by its scientific name tocopherol, is another fundamental component for the war against aging skin. Vitamin E helps prevent damage caused by UV rays. According to a study in the journal Free Radical Biology & Medicine, it does this by reducing the production of an enzyme, collagenase, which breaks down collagen, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle. Even more reason to beware of the sun, exposure can actually deplete vitamin E from the skin, making it more vulnerable to sun damage. Be sure to look for skin-care products that contain this vital antioxidant.

Vitamin E is especially sensitive to air so its important that oils rich in this nutrient be kept in tightly capped containers. It is also highly dependent of vitamin C to keep it in its active form. Best sources of vitamin E include salmon, extra lean meat, plant foods like spinach, mustard greens, sunflower seeds, almonds and oils such as canola, olive, sunflower, safflower and cottonseed.


This micromineral works with other antioxidants to prevent effects of ultraviolet light, thereby your risk for sunburn. In fact, low blood levels of selenium also increase your risk for skin cancer.

Best sources of selenium include tuna, wheat germ, sesame seeds and whole grains.


Another micromineral, zinc helps to maintain collagen and elastin fibres that give skin its firmness, helping to prevent sagging and wrinkles. Not only that but it also links together amino acids that are needed for the formation of collagen - essential in wound healing.

Best sources of zinc include red meats(especially organ meats), seafood, poultry, pork and dairy products.

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