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Skinfood Series: Part 5 – Alpha Lipoic Acid ‘Super Anti Oxidant’

Welcome to the Skinfood Series.  Part 5 Alpha Lipoic Acid

There are so many wonderful ingredients that we can use externally to care for and regenerate our skin.

But what about how we care for our skin from the inside? 

Diet plays a major role in our health and thus our appearance.  Skinfoods accelerate skin healing, strengthen connective tissue, fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and slow ageing.

In this the fifth part of our series we’ll look at Alpha Lipoic Acids.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a super anti oxidant, 400 times more powerful than vitamins C and E. As a super antioxidant we know it keeps our immune system strong and fights premature skin ageing.

It also helps to balances our hormones which can effect breakouts and it improves the skins appearance by increasing vital nutrient delivery and reducing redness and broken capillaries.

Read this. Importantly it reduces skin inflammation and ageing by helping the cells clear sugar out of the blood.  When glucose isn’t cleared out of the blood efficiently it gets stored, mainly, in connective tissues of the skin and breaks down collagen and elastin.  Skin gets saggy, develops bags, large pores and wrinkles.

This glucose clearing is HUGE.  Puffiness, acne, red skin, blocked pores, premature wrinkles.  You name it.  Getting enough Alpha Lipoic Acid is super important!

Here are some foods high in Alpha Lipoic Acid that you should be including in your diet:

Hint it’s all about greens!

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Brewers yeast

3 Simple Ideas for you

  1.  Make salads using spinach leaves then add your other favourite salad ingredients.
  2. You can also make Kale the base ingredient for a delicious salad.  Just remove the stalk and slice.  Then massage 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the kale and it will start to soften.  Then add your other ingredients and dressing and you’re good to go.
  3. Add some lightly steamed broccoli to your favourite pasta sauce!

 Here is what I do:

I start my day with a fresh juice.  At the moment I have an apple, carrot, beetroot and spinach and kale juice every morning.  I change it weekly for fun and when the seasons change as I only use fresh, organic, in season produce.

I LOVE kale chips.  First I wash the leaves removing the tough stalk. Then I put them in a bowl and mix with salt and olive oil. Place them on a baking tray in the oven for around 15-20 mins on 180 degrees.  Yummo!

Experiment a little and get creative with ways to add these foods to your diet!

If you have any simple ideas I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!

Previously on the Skinfood Series:

Vitamin A – How to Slow Down The Ageing Process

Vitamin C– Essential for Beautiful Skin

Vitamin E – Fight UV Damage

Carotenoids – ‘Natural Sunscreen’

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