WRITTEN BY: KATHRYN ABBOT
For many people, the need to look well has been a common want and sometimes need in their daily lives. The huge scores of skincare products, beauty routines, and more are a testament to that. But what is still often underestimated by many is the effect someone’s eating habits (and the nutrients they get) have on their appearance and, more importantly, their overall health.
According to the information provided by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Medical News Today, and Tufts University’s Health & Nutrition Letter, the nutrients commonly connected with beauty (which mostly focus on skin health) include Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins C, A, & E, and proteins like collagen. However, these don’t just help you look good, but are also necessary and extremely beneficial to your overall health.
Thankfully, many of them are already present in a lot of the food around us. However, we might need to eat some of them in more amounts than we can get on our daily meals (and budgets). This is because some of them are often found in fruits and vegetables, which most of us usually get two to three servings when the ideal number for both is five. That is just not always possible, for one reason or another.
This is where NUTRILITE™ comes in. With its own clean and traceable supplements, NUTRILITE™ helps fill in those nutritional gaps while still providing viable, healthy, and mostly plant-based alternatives/options that you can fit into your everyday meal plans or habits.
Here are 5 Essential Nutrients to Beautify You Inside and Out:
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Omega 3- Fatty Acid
We’ve heard how Omega 3-fatty acids take care of the hearts, eyes, and brains. But according to the British Journal of Pharmacology, Medical News Today, and the National Institutes of Health, they can also help reduce signs of aging on your skin by protecting its cells and making it less irritated.
Now, how much would you need daily? Many experts haven’t agreed on a specific recommended amount for most of them, but many of them suggest a dose of 250mg (0.25g or half-a-teaspoon) a day for a healthy diet.
In essence, if you regularly eat fishes like mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna 2 servings a week, then you’re good to go. Not a fan of seafood? You can also go for flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts. NUTRILITE™ also has you covered with the Omega 3 Complex Softgel Capsule, a vitamin-E fortified fish oil supplement that fills your nutrient gaps while still being traceable and made with quality ocean fish sources.
It certainly doesn’t take much to at least boost your skin’s health this way.
If there was a nutrient that helps you be healthy from your skin to your joints, that’s collagen. As said by The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this protein is the connective tissue that keeps your muscles, joints, and bones together, while making your skin smooth, strong, and supple.
Usually, your body can make collagen by itself via breaking down other proteins, but that lessens as you get older. So, it’s best to get a good amount of protein daily, which is around 56grams/a day for men and 46 grams/a day for women. You can get them from most meats, eggs, soybeans, dairy, nuts, whole grains, and more.
But if you want a break from choosing which one every meal or you’re on a restricted diet, try NUTRILITE™’s All-Plant Protein Powder Canister, and the Soy Protein Drink Mix (in Mixed Berries and Chocolate Flavors), which are all plant-based and fortified with other vitamins and minerals as well.
If you ever had to put Vitamin C on your face to improve your skin, then there’s no harm in adding more of it to your food as well. As per the National Institutes of Health and Harvard, it helps in making your immune system stronger, helps in healing wounds, reduces acne, and repairs aging skin, among many other things it can do for you.
As for how much of it you need daily, the usual recommended amount is 90mg for men and 70mg for women with a limit of until 2,000mg, all for ages 19 and above. You can get this vitamin through citrus fruits, strawberries, acerola cherries and guava, red peppers, broccoli, and more. But, as additional support and sometimes potential money saver, the NUTRILITE™ Acerola C Chewable tablet can also help you fill your daily needs with its potent blend of acerola cherries and lemon bioflavonoid complex enriched with several phytonutrients.
If you like skincare products with “beta-carotene” and “retinol”, then you’d be happy to find out that you can just get them from one source: Vitamin A. This nutrient and its derivatives are responsible for keeping your eyes healthy and your immunity boosted, as well as lessening acne and wrinkles.
You just need to make sure it’s all within the right amount, which is around 900mcg (or 0.9mg) for men and 700mcg (or 0.7mg) for women, ages 19 years old and above. Less than even a teaspoon needed. Luckily, you can get it in many foods that you see in your local grocery or market, like carrots, sweet potatoes, eggs, fish, milk, and more. But, just in case, you can also use some healthy, plant-based alternatives, like the NUTRILITE™ Daily Tablet and the NUTRILITE™ Next Gen Double X (31-day and 62-day supply). At least, you can take either of these once or twice a day while also getting more nutrients (and time saved) in return.
Famous in the beauty industry, Vitamin E is a very effective antioxidant and vitamin that helps you both fight off diseases and keep your skin moisturized, fresh, and protected from the sun, as explained by Harvard, the National Institutes of Health and Oregon State University.
You can get the benefits of this all-around, skin-loving vitamin over time if you take the recommended amount of 15mg daily (for men and women above 14 years old), which you can get from mangoes, avocados, almonds, peanuts, red bell peppers, spinach, sunflower seeds, and plant-based oils like safflower and soybean oils.
But, in case any of them are unavailable, the NUTRILITE™ Lecithin-E Tablets with Honey can also help you with filling those gaps as it is essentially Vitamin E fortified with a natural fat emulsifier in Lecithin and other antioxidants.