Super foods for great skin

To get great skin, few things are more important than having a well-balanced diet that includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetable​s as well as adequate fluid. That being said, some foods do have special skin-enhancing properties.

We asked Ang Bixia, Senior Dietitian at the D​​epartment of Nutrition and Dietetics, KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group, for recommendations.

Here are the top super foods you should consider adding to your diet to get ​the best skin ever.

Cherries and berries

Cherries a​​​nd berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, are amongst the highest antioxidant-containing fruits. Antioxidants help to prevent premature skin ageing by reducing the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are toxins produced by the body or found in the environment. Excessive amounts of free radicals result in cell damage, and over time hasten the skin ageing process.

Oily fish

Oily fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines are rich in essential fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help to repair cell membranes, thereby supporting skin's elasticity. The presence of essential fatty acids also aids in the production of collagen. As the key component of connective tissue, collagen promotes healthy and resilient skin.

Should you go straight for collagen-rich foods? This is controversial, says Ang. To date, no strong evidence has shown that collagen-rich foods, such as gelatin, shark fin or chicken feet, have additional benefits in promoting beautiful skin, compared to protein-rich foods, such as meat. That'​s because collagen is broken down into amino acids in the body, just like protein.

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