Fruits have always been associated with beauty and vitality. In Norse mythology, apples symbolize eternal youth. In Chinese culture, pomegranates represent fertility. Some of our lolas also believed that eating mangoes would result in fair-skinned babies. But what does science say?
Fruits do have beauty-boosting properties. According to a study reported in TIME, fruits help even out our skin tone and give us a rosier complexion.
“Our study suggests that an increase in fruit and veggie consumption of around three portions, sustained over a six-week period, is sufficient to convey perceptible improvements in the apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin,” says lead researcher Dr. Ross Whitehead.
Here are the glow-food superstars you should stock up on:
Blueberries are hair heroes. They’re rich in vitamin C, which an article on WebMD says is “critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.”
You’re in luck as the next fruit on our list is readily available in the Philippines! According to Inquirer.com, papaya is very rich in vitamin A and papain. “Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant, while papain breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells.”
Everyone knows that tomatoes are rich in lycopene, but what is lycopene really good for? An article on Yahoo! reports that lycopene is a type of carotenoid normally found in red fruits, but here’s the interesting part. “When skin levels of lycopenes are higher, it helps to reduce oxidative damage that occurs from daily exposure to the sun and other environmental pollutants.”
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