"Feed" Your Skin Antioxidants For A Glowing Complexion
by Lori S. Anton
and assimilates them far better than in supplement form.”

Kleiner suggests following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid,
and eating three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit each
day. Choose at least one citrus fruit, such as an orange, a tangerine, or a grapefruit,
for vitamin C. To increase beta-carotene intake, eat at least two orange-yellow or
leafy green vegetables each day.

Eat Right for Younger Looking Skin

Eating healthy equals younger looking skin. Drinking a cup of orange juice and eating
one raw carrot provides twice the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin
C and beta-carotene. The RDA for vitamin E is harder to meet, especially for those on
a low-fat diet.

“Don’t be afraid to add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to your diet, or to eat
some nuts or seeds,” advises Dr. Kleiner.

The following guideline can be used for RDAs for three of the most common
antioxidant nutrients, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene; good sources and how
best to maximize benefits of each are included.

Vitamin C: RDA at least 60 mg. (1/2 cup orange juice = 70 mg.) Citrus fruits and
juices and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. Eat whole fruit for extra fiber.
Avoid juice in glass containers, and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy
some of the vitamin C.

Vitamin E: RDA 8 mg for women / 10 mg. for men (1 tablespoon of canola oil = 9
mg.) Good sources include nuts, seeds and their oils, fatty fish such as salmon,
mackerel, halibut, and trout, and wheat germ. Use canola, olive, or another vegetable
oil in place of butter or margarine when cooking.

Beta-carotene: no established RDA. Expert Dr. Kleiner, however, recommends 5-6
mg. ( One carrot = 12 mg.) Orange and yellow vegetables, and leafy green
vegetables, including broccoli, are all good sources. Instead of potato chips or popcorn
for an evening snack while watching television, opt for prepackaged, washed and
peeled baby carrots.

If you feel you are unable to meet the RDAs through diet alone, by all means take an
all-in-one antioxidant vitamin supplement a day, but continue to pay attention to rich
food sources.


Because many over-the-counter cosmetics containing antioxidants don’t have enough
to be totally affective by themselves, it is best to ‘feed’ them to your skin in
combination with a healthy, antioxidant rich diet for younger looking skin.

We at Savvy Spa Luxuries care about you and your wellbeing. With proper skin care, a
healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and ample amounts of water, you can
enjoy a more fit body, improved quality of life, increased stamina, and a glowing

©2006 Lori S. Anton
Savvy Spa Luxuries Editor
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Although there is no conclusive
proof that antioxidants keep skin
from aging, experts do agree
they have the ability to ‘capture’
free radicals and may protect us
from certain diseases.
Antioxidant-rich foods can also
give us a healthier, glowing

According to Susan M. Kleiner, R.
D., Ph.D, a Seattle-based
nutritionist, eating foods rich in
antioxidants is best. “There’s no
substitute for getting nutrients
through food. The body absorbs
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