Antioxidants are naturally occurring in many fruits ! Let me explain exactly what antioxidants are. If you break down the word antioxidants you get anti (against) oxidants (oxidation), meaning that antioxidants are substances that prevent cell damage caused by oxidation in the body. When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to float freely in the body and can cause oxidative damage, free radicals are created. These free radicals can be damaging to the body and have been linked tocancer and pre-mature aging. Free radicals form when an atom or molecule splits and is left with an odd, unpaired electron. Antioxidants neutralize this cellular damage. I will highlight some very common super foods which have antioxidant effects.
Avocados are more than guacamole! They contain over 20 vitamins and minerals. Avocado oil can calm the skin, moisturize chapped skin and has natural sunscreen properties. The oil has similar properties to our skin’s own oil. Research has documented how avocado oil is very beneficial in skincare. Tip: massage mashed avocado into the scalp mixed with avocado oil. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and shampoo. This treatment also works well for frizzy or dry hair.
The Raspberry is another excellent source of antioxidants. They contain high levels of Vitamin C which helps improve wrinkles and age spots. Raspberries also contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which helps with treating eczema and psoriasis. Your skin may improve with eating raspberries. Also the hair responds well by providing shine and hair growth. Tip: In a blender mix 8 raspberries, 1Tbl yogurt and a little honey. Apply as a face mask leaving it on 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Cherries are considered a wonder food for skin health. The cherry contains 20 types of antioxidants and vitamins. These nutrients make the skin radiant and supple with its alkalinity. Anti-inflammatory properties can be found in cherries which help with soothing inflamed skin such as rosacea. This super food is good for dark spots and scars. Tip: Puree 6 cherries and add a little honey. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and rinse.
When it comes down to it, the more vitamins a fruit has the better it is not only for your body but also your skin!