by Sam Pick
Looking for the best way to get beautifying nutrients now that the season of summer fruit is over and done with? Look no further—we got the inside scoop on the smartest picks of the season from celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Next time you make your way down the produce aisle, make sure to get your hands on these!
With its bright color, squash provides an excellent source of carotenes. Butternut squash is a great source of sun damage-repairing vitamins B and C, too, not to mention pH-balancing and skin-cell-turnover-boosting vitamin A.
Sweet potatoes are full of all the good stuff! They’re rich in vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6, as well as potassium and biotin. Together vitamins A and C play a huge role in the health and beauty of your skin and hair, contributing to a healthy, glowing complexion and vibrant hair, while working to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals. Their deep orange color is attributed to their high levels of carotenoids and beta-carotene—in fact, the more vibrant the orange hue, the higher the carotene content! And the higher the carotene content, the better: beta-carotene offers internal protection from sun damage, both deflecting and repairing cell damage caused by excessive UV exposure. What’s more, when it’s converted to vitamin A, it helps maintain a shiny, well-moisturized head of hair while promoting a healthy scalp—a must for healthy hair growth!
Well, it’s true what they say, an apple a day will help keep the doctor away. Apples are full of fiber—and 75% of that fiber comes from pectin. No other fruit contains such a high concentration of this wonderful, natural detoxifying agent! Pectin has been reported to bind to and eliminate toxic metals from the body, keeping your system clean and fostering a natural glow. But don’t peel that skin: it houses many antioxidant compounds you shouldn’t be missing out on. Just make sure you buy organic!
Article posted 10/17/2012.