All posts tagged: antioxidants

Deliciously Vegan Cherry and Acai Berry smoothie!

Eating “clean” doesn’t have to be boring with this yummy recipe: Indulge yourself with a healthy, nutritious drink made with super powerful Acai berries. What’s so great about Acai Berries? This amazing fruit belongs to the species of berries found only in the Amazon. Acai berries contain assorted antioxidants, including anthocyanins, flavonoids, Xanthones; vitamins, such as A, C, B1, B2, B3, and E and the essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, and 9.  They also contain minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium. It’s incredible that all of that fits into a tiny fruit, right! Everyone wants more elastic and youthful looking skin and Acai berries can help you achieve this with their unique properties. They may also help with controlling acne, hyper pigmentation and with healing scars due to their anti-inflammatory properties. The following recipe is perfect for summer, containing acai, bananas and cherries, that are also great for health, containing antioxidants like anthocyanins and also Melatonin to promote healthy sleep. The best news is you can now get Acai berries in most health …

Colours for a healthy glow: Nourish your skin from the inside out!

Did you know that the colours in fruit and veggies represent different antioxidants? Antioxidants can be identified in food by their colour and these colourful molecules work to protect your body from the chemicals produced during oxidation, lifting the colour of your skin and giving a beautiful glow! So try eating a variety of colours in each meal – the more antioxidants you have in your body, the more your skin will glow! Red in foods may help keep skin firm, bringing that glow within you Don’t you just love the bright red colour in tomatoes and red peppers? Lycopene is responsible for making food this colour! This antioxidant helps with your skin`s circulation, giving it a refreshing boost, while keeping your skin firm and glowing. Next time you’re in the fruit and veggie aisle, be sure to pick up some strawberries and tomatoes! Blue and purple in food may help as an anti-ageing agent for skin Blue and purple fruits and veggies are jam-packed with antioxidants called Anthoxyanins. These are very powerful anti-ageing agents, that help to prevent the appearance …

Antioxidants – nature’s protectors and fighters

Sadly we just haven’t quite found the secret to eternal youth, but antioxidants are arguably the nearest we will come in terms of finding the best anti-ageing, protect and repair elixir that nature has to offer! Antioxidants reduce the damage to our body due to oxidation. When oxygen is metabolised, it creates ‘free radicals’ that steal electrons from other molecules, causing damage. The body can cope with some free radicals and needs them to function effectively, but too many free radicals start to have a damaging effect on the body and have been linked to heart disease, liver disease and some cancers. Stress, cigarette smoking, alcohol, sunlight, pollution and several other factors can also accelerate oxidation – more reason to stay calm and give up the booze and the cigarettes! This is why smokers and those who drink a lot have more skin and tissue damage and are more prone to some diseases than non-smokers/non-drinkers. However, oxidation is a fact of life – but its damaging effects can be reduced by antioxidants, which are found …