By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali
Who does not want a glowing and luminous skin? We all do, and we often look for ways to enhance the freshness of our skin. Although, there are many beauty products available in the market that might do wonders for you, and not to mention the photo editing applications and softwares that makes you look like a celebrity. However, while those products and applications work best for you, the result is only temporary. What if you could enhance your glow without relying solely on such products and applications? Yes, there is a natural way of enhancing your beauty.
A nutritive diet will help you improve your health not only from the inside, but from the outside as well. A quick and proven way of enhancing the freshness and gleam of your skin is to consume fresh vegetable and fruit juices. A recent study shows that consumption of a diet with a large amount of fruit and vegetable increases the level of antioxidant concentration in the blood, which prevents oxidative injury to the tissues and cells (Yahia, Celis and Svendsen, 2017). Another study claims that fruits and vegetables contain high sources of vitamins and minerals that function as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and phytoestrogens (Slavin and Lloyd, 2012). Hence, serving as a protection mechanism. Now you will no longer have to worry about your skin despairs because we will juice them away.
Studies have revealed that Fruit and Vegetable juices have a high level of antioxidants and nutrients that help clear out the toxins and oxidizing agents that negatively affect your skin and hair health. Therefore, consuming fresh vegetable and fruit juices will enhance the glow of your skin, and improve your overall health. I recommend four juices that will work as a magical potion for your skin.
Carrot and Beetroot Juice
The Carrot and Beetroot Juice is a magical potion that improves your overall health and enhances your beauty. Beetroot has high levels of Zinc, Iron, Potassium, Folic Acid, manganese, and Vitamin C. These vital nutrients cleanse the blood and enhance the beauty of your skin. According to a study conducted by Wootton-Beard and Ryan, (2011) Beetroot Juice is found to be an efficient free radical scavenger, which prevents the damage of cells, and purifies the blood. Likewise, Carrot juice contains vitamin A, which combats Acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation. The Health Study conducted by Chen, Peng, and Chen, (1995) revealed that Carrots are high in β-Carotene (60-80%), which is converted to vitamin A, which helps in protecting the cells from the damaging effects of the free radicals.
These two incredible vegetables help in increasing the blood flow in your body, detoxifying the body and keeping health problems at bay. You may like to add a pinch of salt, black pepper, and a few mint leaves to enhance its taste.
Having a beautiful and bright color along with a distinctive taste, this wonder fruit really does wonders for you. Pomegranate has unique properties that gives it the ability to purify the blood, which aids in nourishing the skin and enhancing its glow. A Health Study has revealed that Pomegranate is found to have anti-aging properties that allow it to renew the cells, which keeps you young and beautiful (Aslam, Lansky and Varani, 2006). Therefore, I like to call Pomegranate Juice the youth potion.
The roots of Pomegranate consumption as a means of gaining strength, endurance, and everlasting youth are found in the biblical times (Aviram, et al., 2000), hence, Pomegranate juice has innumerable benefits for your overall health. Its free radical scavenging properties aids in improving skin and hair health. Therefore, you should drink this amazing fruit juice for your skin and overall health. However, you need to consult a doctor in case you’re a diabetic patient.
As crazy as it sounds, Spinach juice is highly beneficial for the skin. Although, it does not taste delicious, it is hard to gulp it down your throat, however, the juice is rich in Vitamin K and Iron, which is highly important for getting a healthy and flawless skin. Spinach is also packed with Vitamin C, E, and Manganese, which are all antioxidants. Hence, this vegetable has free radical scavenging properties. The Health benefits of Spinach has placed this wonder vegetable in the functional food landscape (Prasad, et al., 2005).
Make a glass of Spinach Juice, and drink it up. You will be astonished to see the kind of miracles, it does to your skin and to your overall health.
This rescue fruit contains an enzyme that is known as ‘Papain’. This enzyme cleanses the skin impurities and brightens the skin. ‘Papain’ enzyme is an amazing ‘digestant’ that helps the human body to digest proteins and prevents the diseases such as dyspepsia and other digestive disorders. It also purifies the skin (Chatterjee and Sharma, 2018).
Papaya Leaf Juice will overpower the activity of the free radicals and gives you a healthy and radiant skin. If the bad taste of the leaves bothers you, then you can mix its juice with other juices like coconut or orange juice.
The intake of these nutritious vegetables and fruit juices will affect your hair and skin health. So don’t wait, pick a cup, and make it your best friend.
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Aviram M, et al., 2000. Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation: studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E‐deficient mice. Am J Clinl Nutr, 71, Pp. 1062–76.
Chatterjee, B. and Sharma, A., 2018. FRUIT ENZYMES AND THEIR APPLICATION: A REVIEW. International Journal of Clinical and Biomedical Research (IJCBR), 4(2), pp.84-88.
Chen, B.H., Peng, H.Y. and Chen, H.E., 1995. Changes of carotenoids, color, and vitamin A contents during processing of carrot juice. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 43(7), pp.1912-1918.
Prasad, K.N., et al., 2005. Isolation of a free radical‐scavenging antioxidant from water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica Forsk). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85(9), pp.1461-1468.
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Wootton-Beard, P.C. and Ryan, L., 2011. Improving public health?: The role of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable beverages. Food Research International, 44(10), pp. 3135-3148.
Yahia, E.M., Celis, M.E.M, and Svendsen, M., 2017. The Contribution of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption to Human Health. John Wiley & Sons.