Are you getting enough superfoods in your diet? Juicing is a wonderful way to add super foods into your daily diet, to help meet nutritional needs.
When it comes to looking, and feeling younger by staving off the signs of aging, there is nothing as effective and long-term than when you incorporate powerful anti-aging foods, supplements and nutrients into your diet.
There are very specific foods that are known to boost and nurture the production of collagen, as well as regenerate cells that help increase elasticity, making your skin look smooth and youthful.
These foods, often referred to as superfoods, make wonderful additions to home made juices.
Let’s take a look at the most delicious superfoods for juicing:
Pineapple includes a powerful mineral called manganese which activates the prolidase enzyme, which helps with the formation and increased production of collagen.
Why does collagen matter so much?
An added boost of collagen production (that’s created by the amino acid proline that comes from pineapple) will give you an immediate improvement in skin strength and elasticity which will make you look youthful and toned.
Sweet potatoes are an outstanding source of Beta-Carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is necessary for growth and maintenance of skin tissues and for reproduction.
Sweet Potatoes are also a good source of Vitamin C, Copper, Manganese, Vitamins B5 and B6. Furthermore, one cup of sweet potato contains more Potassium than a banana. Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and phosphorous are all found in sweet potatoes.
Surprisingly, sweet potatoes add a thickness and creaminess to your juice.
I often add sweet potato in with citrus, apple and carrot juices – my children don’t even realize they’re drinking it! You can read more about the health benefits of sweet potato, along with some delicious sweet potato juice recipes here.
One of the top power berries of them all, blueberries contain more antioxidants than nearly any other fruit. Blueberries also reduce skin damage caused by sun exposure due to their high levels of Vitamin C, which works to prevent wrinkles and smooth fine lines.
Blueberries are also known to help protect your skin from emotional stress and even over exercising and the dark purple seeds from Concord grades are filled with polyphenols that will help keep your mind sharp.
Incorporate one-half cup of blueberries into your diet every day to prevent cell-structure damage and prevent the loss of firmness in your skin. Blueberries juice well in masticating juicers, or are a great snack to eat whole.
It should come as no surprise that pomegranate is an essential fruit when it comes to anti-aging and softening your skin so that it looks and feels years younger.
Pomegranate is a top ingredient in many shakes, smoothies and vitamin-based drinks as well as many anti-aging and weight loss
recipes because of the high levels of ellagic acid and punicalagin, found in its seeds.
Ellagic acid is a compound that fights damage from free radicals while punicalagin is a super nutrient that helps boost collagen production and connective tissue – both of which will give your skin a soft, plump and smooth look.
Tip: Try to incorporate more than pomegranate juice. Consider purchasing seeds that you can sprinkle into foods and recipes.
The Greens – Kale & Spinach
When it comes to firming up that loose skin and minimizing wrinkles, take your pick between these two superfoods.
These vital veggies include special phytonutrients that help protect your skin from sun damage, while fueling your body with antioxidant compounds.
Spinach is loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful nutrient that has been proven to improve overall skin elasticity.
Kale is loaded with chlorophyll, a super nutrient that can block the effects of cancer-causing chemicals.
There are few superfoods quite as effective at boosting skin elasticity as papaya.
They include a ton of antioxidants as well as other important vitamins and minerals that will make your skin look smoother.
Some of these vitamins include: Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
Papaya is often found in skin masks and cosmetics because of its ability to help your body shed dead cells while working at helping to reduce inflammation.
Incorporating just 2-3 cups of papaya into your weekly diet will help you experience the many benefits of this power fruit.
Too Busy to Juice Your Super Foods?
Try purchasing a superfood mix powder and add it to your juice or smoothie. Here are our top picks: