Happy Thanksgiving! America’s favorite day of feasting, family, and friends is upon us. While turkey day may be a detriment to waistlines, many Thanksgiving dishes are packed with antioxidants and offer a myriad of health benefits to the skin. Let’s look at some of the holiday’s most popular indulgences, and how they can give skin a much-needed health boost.
Cranberries: Cranberries contain a high level of antioxidants, including Vitamin C, making them a powerful anti-aging food. Cranberry consumption can not only aid in cell turnover, but can also combat free radical damage to skin – easing fine lines and wrinkles.
Apples: Rich in Vitamins A, B, and C, apples are another free-radical fighting powerhouse. It turns out that grandma’s apple pie is good for the soul and skin!
Pecans: Rich in zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folate, phosphorous, and ellagic acid, pecans offer a healthy dose of antioxidants, in addition to monounsaturated fats.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which aids in collagen production – helping preserve skin’s elasticity. Add to that, you guessed it, more antioxidants in the form of Vitamin A (beta carotene), which can not only repair cell damage but may help prevent certain cancers. Add to that Vitamin E, and sweet potatoes have definitely earned superfood status.
Winter Squash: From pumpkins and acorn squash to the butternut variety, winter squash comes in many shapes and colors. All share a common thread – they’re loaded with beta carotene and Vitamin C.
Green Beans: This popular side dish is not only low in calories, but also packs Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and manganese. Who knew that Thanksgiving dinner is actually an anti-aging treatment in disguise?
Enjoy a warm and safe Thanksgiving holiday, and savor the feast all the more knowing that you’re not only delighting your taste buds, but giving skin a healthy treat as well.
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