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The importance of eating a good healthy diet cannot be overemphasised. A good diet not only makes our bodies healthy and fortifies our immune system; especially coupled with exercise, it also makes the skin look radiant and reduces ageing effect. Thus, making us look youthful.

5) Coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat with about 90 percent of calories as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that keeps away viruses, infections, inflammation and acne. Coconut oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin moist, soft, and wrinkle-free.

Coconut oil can be used as a body cream. Coconut oil is especially good for your thyroid. Plus, there’s considerable evidence that this oil can help lose weight.

 

6) Green tea

Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and a unique amino acid;L-theanine that helps to relax your body and lower stress.

When the tea is hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a kind of antioxidant with proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea may also reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. The tea’s antioxidants start to degrade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot. Studies show that drinking two to six cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but may reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.

 

7) Safflower Oil

The omega-6 fatty acids found in safflower oil can be the ultimate moisturizer for people who suffer from painful dry, flaky, itchy skin. They keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the skin. Scientists have found that this oil may help people who suffer from severe conditions like eczema. Therefore, it is better to take an amount that gives you 5 to 10 percent of your daily calories. Suitable substitutes for safflower include cooking oils like borage, soybean, or corn oil.

 

8) Spinach

Spinach is a healthy and nutrient-rich food. It is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fibre, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A, are especially great for your skin.

Spinach contains antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems. By eating spinach, you’re just cleaning your skin from the inside out!

In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate the most leafy greens actually had half as many skin tumours over 11 years as those who ate the least. It’s thought that the foliate in these veggies may help repair and maintain DNA—basically bolstering the cells’ ability to renew on their own. Studies show that this reduces the likelihood of cancer-cell growth. In addition, the water in greens penetrates cell membranes, which makes for plumper and less wrinkled skin.

 

 

9) Fluted pumpkin

 

Fluted pumpkin belongs to the leafy green family. It is a valuable commercial crop grown across the lowland humid tropics of West Africa. “Ugu”, as it is locally called, is highly nutritious and very rich in potassium, calcium, iron and some folic acid.

On its own, pumpkin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, riboflavin, potassium, Copper and Manganese.

The leaves are a good source of different types of vitamins, minerals and rich in anti-oxidants, such as alpha-carotene and Beta–carotene which help to slow down the ageing process.

Ugu leaves are also renowned for being rich in iron and vitamin C, needed for the production of blood and maintaining a good health; rich in vitamin E, which promotes a healthier skin and in turn slows down wrinkling of the skin. All these nutrients work together and help in slowing down ageing.

If you want to look youthful and prevent diseases, broccoli leaves, kale, sweet potato, spinach and pumpkin spinach, are the best deal.