With Summer just around the corner, we are looking forward to the array of fresh fruits and vegetables at out fingertips. Summer is a fantastic time of year when it comes to the food on our tables as there is an abundance of colour (and therefore nutrients) to choose from.
Some of our favourite anti-ageing fruits and vegetables are in season for Summer and today we’re looking at some of nature’s true powerhouses.
Not only is the flavour synonymous with Summer but it’s also a fruit that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients to aid in cell turnover which, combined with its high water content, makes for beautiful glowing skin. Pineapple also aids in digestion which can minimise stress on the body – a factor that often contributes to premature ageing.
This late Summer fruit is a winner due to the many compounds which help to fight ageing. In fact, red wine grapes have shown to be a primary source of the ‘resveratrol’ which has been called an ‘anti-ageing powerhouse’.
With everything from copper, potassium, manganese and B-vitamins, mangoes have a whole heap of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting phytochemicals such as astragalin, quercetin, fisetin and methylgallat. The fruit can help boost glow and radiance in dull skin.
There’s so many to choose from when it comes to berries in Summer – some of the top picks include blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Not only are they packed full of anti-oxidants to fight free radicals, they have also been found to minimise the risk of heart disease, boost immunity and even ward off some seasonal allergies.
Don’t forget the veggies:
We couldn’t resist throwing in some of our favourite vegetables into the mix either.
While they’re in abundance in the Summer months, green beans are packed with fibre and vitamins and nutrients that are less commonly found in other vegetables. These include iron and calcium as well as silicon and manganese. Green beans also contain kaempferol – an anti-oxidant which has shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and even anti-microbial.
One of the best sources of lycopene, the cancer fighting anti-oxidant, tomatoes are a fantastic addition to any meal or snack during the Summer months. In fact, studies have shown that the lycopene has a higher concentration when cooked so tomato based stews and sauces are our new best friend!
Don’t write cucumber off as a vegetable made only of water – it also has other qualities which make it ideal for your beauty regime. In fact, cucumber is a fantastic anti-inflammatory which can help to decrease puffiness.
Studies have shown that red capsicum can have up to 60% more vitamin C than its green counterpart. This means it is a brilliant immunity booster, but also helps in the reduction of wrinkles, reputed to boost the production of collagen.
What are your favourite Summer fruits and vegetables on the list?
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