Five Super Foods from the Thanksgiving Table to Improve Your Skin and Body

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Thanksgiving Super FoodsThanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for spending time with friends, family and loved ones. Everyone comes together to pitch in and share great food. You may not know it but the Thanksgiving meal is full of lots of super foods that you love that are beneficial to the body and the skin. You'll be thankful for the boost!

Five Super Foods to Eat at Thanksgiving

1. Turkey:
Turkey is the quintessential Thanksgiving staple. It's an excellent source of the mineral zinc, which may help with skin collagen synthesis and, in turn, helps the skin stay firm. A typical serving of roasted turkey has only around 150 calories, and the protein and other benefits it affords the body makes this a great choice during your holiday meal.

2. Carrots:
Carrots do double duty on the skin as they are an excellent source of Vitamin A and contain both carotene and lycopene. Both of these substances are antioxidants that are thought to protect the skin from UV damage and skin cancer. A great beginning to the Thanksgiving meal would be a first course dish of curried carrot soup. Curry adds antioxidants to the dish as a healthy bonus. Pile the carrots onto the relish tray for snacking before or after the big meal. Carrots alone are low in calories and are a great, crunchy snack anytime.

3. Corn:
Corn is a food that is high in lutein, a substance that may help prevent sun damage. Corn contains manganese, a trace mineral effective in maintaining the health of bones and connective tissue such as tendons, muscles and cartilage. Corn is another great food that contains carotenoids that can help vision and may reduce the chances of developing macular degeneration.

4. Broccoli:
Wrinkles beware! Broccoli helps to ward off age-related skin problems such as dry skin and unsightly wrinkles. Full of vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants, this food helps the skin stay smooth and supple by aiding in collagen production. It also helps fight free radicals, which can cause damage to cells.

5. Pumpkin:
Who says pie is bad for you? With the beta-carotene found in pumpkin, your skin is better protected from sun damage. After consuming, this beta-carotene changes into vitamin A, a vitamin essential to healthy eyes, a healthy immune system, and strong bones. Add a dash of cinnamon to the pie for even more food benefits as researchers believe cinnamon may help reduce some of the bad effects of consuming high-fat meals.

The saying that you are what you eat is cliché but it holds some truth! You can use many different beauty products for great skin, but you also need to eat healthy too. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to give your skin and body a boost by including these nutritious super foods in your menu.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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