December 01, 2017

You might think of vitamin C as a good old citrusy immunity booster, shelved in your medicine cabinet for when you need to kick a cold. But it is also a powerful addition to an anti-aging skin-care regimen. In fact Dr. Oz touted Vitamin C as one of the secrets to “drop a decade from your face!”

Vitamin C Breakfast Salad with Spinach, Mango, Strawberries and Halloumi CheeseVitamin C Breakfast Salad with Spinach, Mango, Strawberries and Halloumi Cheese[/caption]

Younger people have a lot of collagen in their skin, which is responsible for providing elasticity to the face, allowing it to stretch when you are smiling or frowning, and bounce back to the original state. Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we get older,  and added to this on a daily basis we are subjected to damaging free radicals (UV, chemicals, pollution, tobacco smoke and even stress hormones).  Unfortunately all this causes our facial expressions and movements to leave marks, or wrinkles on our faces.

So why is vitamin C so great? Well, it is an essential ingredient needed by our bodies in order to synthase collagen (Roger J. Williams, Nutrition Against Disease) and its powerful antioxadative properties mean that its role is to fight off the free radicals!

An October 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those whose diets contained only small amounts of the vitamin.

Evidence has shown that vitamin C can provide a range of benefits that keep your skin younger-looking, longer...

  • Reduces the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage (you don’t need chemical peels vitamin C can have almost the same results!)
  • Promotes firmer skin/ reduces wrinkling (due to better collagen production)
  • Reduces inflammation and irritation, both of which cause of damage
  • Fades post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
  • Increases the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure

Now most of us think that citrus fruits are where we can source most vitamin C. However, the list below may surprise you..

Top 10 sources of Vitamin C

#1: Peppers (Yellow Bell Peppers)
#2: Guavas
#3: Dark Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale/ spinach)
#4: Kiwi
#5: Broccoli
#6: Berries
#7: Citrus Fruits (Oranges)
#8: Tomatoes (Cooked)
#9: Peas (Mange Tout)
#10: Papaya

Other Fruits High in Vitamin C : Mango, Pineapple, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon.

My Breakfast Salad was made with spinach leaves, pink grapefruit, strawberries, mango, sunflower seeds and halloumi (for protein).. YUM