Berries are proof that great things do come in little packages. (Sort of like Tiffanys but I digress). Whether you are talking about strawberries, blueberries, or my favorite raspberries, all berries have one thing in common; they are high in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. This fact makes them a powerful part of any natural anti aging skin care plan.
Vitamin C is needed for collagen production, thereby helping to strengthen the connective tissues underlying the superficial layer of the skin. Plus, research has shown that high levels of vitamins C (as well as vitamin E and beta-carotene) can provide added protection beyond sunscreen to prevent ultraviolet light-induced inflammation, dryness, and other skin damage. Overexposure to the sun can slowly destroy the dermis (the layer of skin just beneath the epidermis), causing it to lose its strength and resilience. The result: sags, folds, creases, and wrinkles.
So up your berry intake in get the best natural skin care these vitamin C powerhouses have to offer. And dont be afraid to go beyond the obvious of adding them to smoothies, oatmeal, or as a snack.
- Add raspberries to a spinach salad for a one-two vitamin A/vitamin C beauty power punch.
- Add sliced strawberries and one tablespoon balsamic vinegar to cooked chicken breasts. Saut? for two minutes and serve over brown rice.
- Toss quinoa with blueberries and chopped pecans for a delicious side dish to your favorite fish recipe.