Healing Kitchen

A nutrient-rich, balanced daily diet is key to building and maintaining healthy skin. A diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 is vital for a clear, glowing complexion. In general, a daily diet that provides 5 or more servings of fresh vegetables and fruits (including at least one citrus) will provide healthy amounts of skin-improving vitamins. Flaxseed oil and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids should also be heartily consumed because of their role in skin health. Eating zinc-rich foods along with essential fatty acids may be beneficial. Liver-strengthening nutrients are recommended to improve acne and include protein from plant sources, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Because acne seems to be associated with Western diets, many experts advise acne sufferers to consume a diet high in fiber and low in fat and refined carbohydrates.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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