The key to clear, radiant skin and thick, swingy hair can’t always be found on your vanity table. In fact, some nutritionists suggest you check your crisper drawer. Join us as we explore the possibility that certain “superfoods” may be good for your hair and complexion.
1. ARONIA BERRIES
The antioxidant power of aronia berries (also known as chokeberries) crushes the competition. “They’re packed with polyphenols—more than acai, more than blueberries. They help reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation,” says Juice Generation founder Eric Helms, author of The Juice Generation: 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies (Simon & Schuster). “Aronia berries look and taste like very small, very tart blueberries.” Blend frozen ones in a breakfast smoothie, bake them into muffins, or (if you’re feeling really ambitious) use them for jam or syrup.
2. BELL PEPPERS
6. CHIA SEEDS
Almonds are rich in flavonoids (which promote heart health) and vitamin E, “a nutrient that’s vital to skin health,” says Bauer. They can help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking, according to a study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Snack on a handful of almonds (Bauer likes them oven-toasted with spices) or almond butter on apple slices
8. SEA BUCKTHORN