Acai – These berries contain heart-healthy anthocyanins which protect against cardiovascular disease, and omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that lower bad cholesterol. Now a great ingredient added to anti-aging beauty products because they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that regenerate skin cell growth and preserve collagen.
Almonds- are a rich source of protein, calcium, fiber, folic acid, potassium, and Vitamin E. Almonds repair and moisturize dry and damaged skin.
Carrots -are filled with high concentrations of pro-vitamin A (carotene). Beta-carotene protects night vision. Carrot extract contains skin-rejuvenating and moisturizing beta-carotene as well as vitamins B, C, D, and E.
Coconut – Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is filled with antibacterial and antiviral properties, and makes for a great moisturizer.
Figs- help with bowel regularity and balancing ph in the body. It also contains potassium which can reduce the risks of high blood pressure. They aid in maintaining skin’s water content, and soothe irritation.
Kiwi- contains high levels of vitamin C, and as much potassium as a banana and is also a rich source of lutein, an antioxidant that can protect against macular degeneration. Kiwi’s vitamin C reduces skin spots and may combat melanoma. The black seeds you find in kiwis contain emollient omega-3 fatty acid.
Mangosteen- can be hard to find but is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. You can find mangosteen juice and natural supplements in health-food stores. The highest known level of xanthones, an antioxidant, is found in mangosteen and helps rejuvenate and protect skin from damage.
Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil contains higher levels of vitamin E. Olive oil is also known to lower LDLs (bad cholesterol) so can protect against heart disease. It also makes a perfect moisturizer.
Red Tea-also called “rooibos” tea, red tea contains flavanoids, powerful antioxidants, which help protect against cancer and reduce allergies. The antioxidants found in red tea can fight against environmental damage and use alpha-hydroxy acids to even out skin pigmentation and diminish wrinkles.
Red Wines -flavonoids and reservatrol, shown to possibly reduce the risk of heart attack. Reservatrol neutralizes free radicals that weather skin, helps blood circulation and can protect against UV radiation.
Wild Yam – The alkaloids in wild yams contain natural progesterone which facilitates hormone regulation and helps with muscle spasm. Phytosteroids help boost collagen and also tighten and moisturize skin.
Yogurt – The probiotics found in yogurt fight off “bad” bacteria and may improve lactose intolerance. Studies show that acidophilus, another form of “good” bacteria may also reduce the risk of colon cancer and nourish skin.