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5 Fruits and Veggies for Fresh Summer Skin

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Berries: Blueberries, black currants, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries help the body produce collagen, responsible for giving skin that supple and smooth look. “Berries, especially blueberries, are loaded with antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing damaging free radicals,” said Jackson. “Free radicals are generated in the skin by excessive UV exposure and lead to skin cell damage, premature skin aging.”

Try this: Raw Blueberry Cream Pie

Carrots: It’s no secret that carrots improve vision, but less known is that carrots can prevent dry skin. They contain beta-carotene, which the body uses to produce vitamin A, which moisturizes the skin. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant removes free radicals, such as those produced by too much sun exposure, which can lead to premature aging. Vitamin C also aids in skin collagen formation, which declines as we get older.

Try this: Curried Baby Carrots

Sweet Potatoes: A favorite at Thanksgiving dinners, sweet potatoes should be enjoyed throughout the year. Sweet potatoes provide vitamin E, which the body uses to regenerate and maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C, very effective antioxidants for skin protection.

Try this: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

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1:47AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Thanks for the informative article and the links to the recipes.

9:50PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

It is always good to know these things.

8:04PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thank you for this article, very good!

7:51PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

WOW, everything i eat now and then, better than rarely, but not as common as weekly or daily

5:01AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

thank you

4:40AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Sweet potatoes are not available in Poland and mangoes are extremely expensive.

11:12AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011


9:11AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

6:53AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

This is a great article! Too bad mangos are impractical here in New England. I only buy them if the local co-op is discounting them because they are going bad. Otherwise I feel too guilty as they travel far to get here.
Everything else I can get locally and love to eat. Now I am looking forward to blueberry season with even greater anticipation!!

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