Four must-have foods to add to your diet in 2017

In 2016, Statista reported the estimated global skincare market to be worth US $121 billion with a growing number of young consumers buying skincare products. However, there is no denying that a well-balanced and nutritious diet offers more value than a drugstore cream.

Keeping up with the spirits of ‘new year – new me’, we have selected four antioxidant-rich foods that can improve your health and revitalize your skin in the process.

Why Antioxidants are important for the skin?

Antioxidants work as our body’s main line of defense by stopping the chain reaction of damaged cells. They counteract the effect of free radicals and diseases to keep our body in optimal condition. They mop-up the harmful by-product of oxidation and reverse signs of skin damage such as wrinkles, sun damage, and dry skin.

Here’s the list of top four antioxidant-rich foods you need to add to your diet!

Wild blueberries

Wild blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Rich in anthocyanin, a flavonoid with potent antioxidant capacity, they offer a versatile medicinal value when consumed as part of a regular diet. From improving skin health, preventing cellular damage to improving brain and heart functions, wild blueberries offer an abundance of health benefits.

Skin: Antioxidants and photochemical found in blueberries can greatly improve skin health by neutralizing free radicals. They counteract hormonal conditions which trigger acne and balance the production of oil levels in the skin. Blueberries also increase collagen in the skin, making it firm and taking away years off your face.

Cancer: Unlike radiation and chemotherapy, the gallic acid in blueberries can kill cancer cells without harming the healthy cells.

Brain health: Regular intake of blueberries improves motor skills and reverses short term memory loss. It’s proven to be highly beneficial in maintaining memory function.

Digestion: Eating just a couple handfuls of blueberries can provide both soluble and insoluble fiber which can regulate gastrointestinal tract.

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