The same foods that are good for your health and well being are also good for your skin. Who knew that beauty secrets lie behind these “nutty” and quietly delicious power foods? The nutritional and health properties vary, and some nuts are definitely better than others. Our research focused on the best, skin-healthy nuts – almonds, cashews, pecans + walnuts.
- Provide a rich source of vitamin B, which keeps skin healthy by removing toxins, improving blood circulation
- Contain vitamin E – a nutrient that is vital to skin health by forming a protective barrier in the cell membranes of your skin to keep skin firm and elastic. Vitamin E also provides defence of UVA/UVB rays by blocking the chemical reactions that can lead to sun damaged skin
- Deliver protein, which is necessary for skin tissue repair and regeneration.
- Are high in antioxidants which work to keep your circulatory system free of dangerous free radicals and environmental assaults that can break down collagen and elastin. that are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity
- High in fibre which helps regulate the elimination of internal toxins and waste products which reflect your outside appearance – your skin can suffer with breakouts, dullness and excess oil.
- Contain minerals such as copper which is important for the synthesis of collagen, and magnesium and potassium, which help to boost circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells quickly.
- Walnuts provide the only source of plant based omega-3 fatty acids that act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Omega-3’s can help strengthen the membranes of your skin cells and help retain electrolyte levels important to skin hydration by sealing moisture into your skin and protecting it from environmental toxins and aggressors for example UVA/UVB rays.
Here are a few nutty tips for to help you skin’s health and wellness…
- Nuts are best eaten with the skins on, raw and unsalted.
- Leave ‘in-shell’ nuts unopened to improve shelf life. Store shelled nuts in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve freshness.
- If you enjoy the buttery richness of roasted nuts, pan or oven roast them yourself and experiment with new flavors by adding a variety of spices and seasonings.
- Preportioned and packaged servings of home made trail mix, energy bars, raw or seasoned nuts make great portable snacks for work, play or travel.
- Chopped or slivered nuts make a great addition to salads, stir-fry, cereal, and oatmeal.
- Coat lean meats with ground superfine nuts for a flavorful crust instead of using flour or breadcrumbs
- Replace vegetable oil for nut oil in your cooking and/or salad dressings.
- Add nut oil to your olive oil for an extra rich, tasty flavor.
- Use nut butters in smoothies, on sandwiches or crackers and also use as a dip.
- Add nuts to your baking – incorporate into your bread, muffin or cookie batters.
- Make your favorite fruit smoothie by using almond milk instead or regular milk.
- Monitor your nut portions and serving sizes. Most nuts have a high fat content, so take care to not overdo a good thing.
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