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5 Antioxidants for Glowing Skin

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that provides many health benefits, such as reducing oxidative stress (an imbalance between harmful free radicals and antioxidants) and stimulating the immune system. It is present in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, potatoes, peppers, carrots, avocados, squash, spinach, and melons. In tablet form, glutathione has become a popular skin whitening agent. While it reduces toxin exposure, it has been proven for its antimelanogenic properties which acts as a skin lightening agent. It lightens skin by converting the skin pigment melanin to a lighter color and deactivating the enzyme that helps produce the pigment.

Vitamin E helps protect your skin from oxidative damage (a precursor of oxidative stress; refers to the harm sustained by cells and tissues that are unable to keep up with free radical production), which contributes to wrinkle formation and premature aging. Foods rich in vitamin E include avocado, salmon, nuts, sunflower seeds, red bell pepper, and mangoes.

Vitamin C protects your skin from oxidative damage caused by the sun and the environment. Foods rich in vitamin C include broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, orange juice, papaya, red, green or yellow pepper, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Beta-carotene keeps your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock that protects your skin cells from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It helps prevent sunburn, cell death and dry, wrinkled skin. Beta-carotene is found in oranges and vegetables such as carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes

Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant in the body that protects your skin from oxidative damage thereby preventing premature aging. It is present in fatty fish (mackerel, sardine, trout, herring), vegetables (spinach, cauliflower and broccoli), fruits (oranges and strawberries), legumes (soybeans, lentils and peanuts), and meat (pork, beef and chicken).

References:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin#section4. Accessed 31 January 2020
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-e#section2. Accessed 31 January 2020
https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/qa/what-foods-are-rich-in-vitamin-c. Accessed 31 January 2020
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coenzyme-q10#section1. Accessed 31 January 2020
https://www.healthline.com/health/glutathione-benefits#takeaway. Accessed 1 February 2020
https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/glutathione-definition-uses-benefits-more/. Accessed 1 February 2020
https://www.healthline.com/health/oxidative-stress. Accessed 11 February 2020
https://kresserinstitute.com/what-really-causes-oxidative-damage/. Accessed 11 February 2020
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5413479/. Accessed 11 February 2020

 

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