Spinach and the Skin You’re In

Yes, eating a healthy balanced diet makes you look and feel good, but how can eating spinach affect your skin?  Take a trip down the beauty isle and you will see three vitamins repeatedly used in face products; A, C, and E.  These vitamins pack a double punch, vital for cell function they also have anti-aging side effects.

Vitamins are organic molecules that mainly function as catalysts for reactions within the body.  Oxygen containing molecules can become too reactive resulting in atoms with an uneven number of electrons, these unstable electrons are known as free radicals.  Damage caused by free radicals can cause signs of aging.  Anti-oxidants inhibit oxidation reactions by neutralizing the oxidant effect of free radicals.  Thus, eating foods high in antioxidants can hinder the aging process and spinach is packed with super anti-aging vitamins.

Vitamin A is one of the most effective natural anti-acne remedies, it helps the skin rebuild tissue, and protects the skin from ultraviolet light and photo-aging.  Available in two forms; preformed from animal food source, and pro-vitamin from plant pigments.  Vitamin A is converted within the liver, and when taken in supplemental form it can build to toxicity levels because it is fat soluble therefore excess is stored.  A well balanced diet allows your body to derive vitamins that work together for maximum nutritional benefits without getting too much of a good thing.  Sprinkle shaved carrots over your spinach salad and give yourself an internal SPF boost for lunch!

Famous for boosting the immune system, Vitamin C specializes in collagen production.  Collagen is the protein responsible for keeping your skin supple which is what keeps it from wrinkling and sagging.  As a water soluble vitamin, extra intake is flushed out of the body with proper hydration.  Working as an antioxidant vitamin C helps protect vitamins A and E from oxidation.  Pirates and sailors of bygone years suffering from scurvy led scientists to the discovery of a vitamin C deficiency, luckily, we are not restricted to limes as our main source of nutrition.

Vitamin E  also known as alpha tocopherol, is a fat soluble antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.  The main function of vitamin E is  to scavenge loose electrons and repair damaged cells.  Our skin, is constantly exposed to free radicals and therefore in constant need of repair.  Simply walking down the street we encounter air pollution, sun damage, and sometimes second hand smoke.  As an antioxidant vitamin E prevents free radicals from multiplying, and assists vitamin C.

Youth is for sale.  Longevity of life is for sale.  You can buy a coupon for a healthy lifestyle makeover and have a two-week supply delivered to your door.  All of the aforementioned vitamins are available in topical forms for application directly to the skin, or in pill form.  Nutritious food is a synergistic remedy providing everything your body needs for optimum levels of performance.  Our entire body is made up of cells, each with their own purpose completed through a chemical reaction assisted by enzymes.  Vitamins assist enzymes and your skin is the outer layer of cells that represents what is going on inside.  If you are tired, dehydrated, or not receiving enough nutrients, your skin will reflect this.  Just another reason to eat spinach every day!

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