Healthy looking skin is something a lot of skin creams promise, but they can only help from the outside in. If you want healthy looking skin from the inside out, then get ready to load your plate up with yellow foods. Yellow foods contain antioxidant carotenoids, which are great for skin, vision, and may even help prevent cancer. Other beneficial enzymes found in yellow foods include: Bromelain, Limonoids, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
Ease inflammation with pineapple
Pineapples are the only food that contains bromelain, an enzyme believed to be particularly effective at easing inflammation from infection and injuries. In fact, bromelain as an extract is used in Europe to treat sinus and nasal swelling following ear, nose, and throat surgery. However, the level of bromelain found naturally in pineapples isn’t considered to be high enough to have a medicinal effect.
You can clearly see the benefits: Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Corn and yellow carrots are the yellow foods that are rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, but it’s Zeaxanthin that gives yellow food its yellow color. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids (antioxidants) that are primarily found in the retina, where they are believed to protect the eye from oxidative stress and degenerative diseases. There are multiple studies that show that a high intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin may prevent age-related macular degeneration. The same is not true for supplements that contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which strongly suggests that the only beneficial source of these two enzymes is food.
Limonoids: Yet another benefit of Lemons
Lemon juice in water is a favorite alkalizing drink of many alkaline dieters, and with good reason. Lemons contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin C. They are also a great source of Limonoids, as are all citrus fruits: Limonoids have been shown to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, breast, stomach, and colon. They may also lower cholesterol levels. Research is ongoing, some scientists believe that limonoids may someday be used to create a new class of cholesterol lowering drug.
Want TRIPLE the antioxidant benefit from your lemon juice? Mixing lemon juice with alkaline water from a water ionizer triples the antioxidant benefit of Vitamin C! Simply mix the fruit of your favorite citrus fruit with alkaline water for a healthy antioxidant boost.
Going bananas for bananas
Besides being delicious, bananas are packed with nutrients, and are especially high in potassium. Most adults don’t get anywhere near the recommended 4700 mg per day intake of potassium. One banana contains about 450 mg of potassium, so going bananas for bananas is definitely good for your health! In fact, a high potassium intake is associated with a 20% decreased risk of dying from all causes. Bananas are like a health insurance policy that comes in its own wrapper.
For maximum antioxidant benefit: Organic is best
Research shows that there is a big difference in the antioxidant benefit of organic vs conventionally grown and GMO foods. Organically grown foods have much higher antioxidant potential. Another benefit of organic food is that there will be little, probably zero, pesticide resiue on it. So for best results, eat organic!