The term "glow foods" probably sounds just like what they are—foods that are believed to make skin glow and hair shine. Yes, please! Here are the best beautifying foods for healthy skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin C and beta-carotene are wonderful for skin. Vitamin C, found in broccoli, green peppers, strawberries and oranges, helps form collagen, which plumps the skin cells. Beta-carotene provides antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that lead to premature aging. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are great sources of beta-carotene.
Vitamin A facilitates healthy hair growth. Eat mango, papaya, tomatoes, carrots and peas for a good dose of vitamin A. Antioxidants found in vitamins E and C keep hair looking healthy and shiny. Blueberries, nectarines, peaches, butternut squash and potatoes are all rich in vitamin E.
Vitamin A and zinc promote bright, healthy eyes. Both aid the retinas in producing photosensitive proteins that help the eyes absorb light. Grapefruit, watermelon and passion fruit are good sources of eye-brightening vitamin A, and cabbage and sun-dried tomatoes are high in zinc.
For strong, healthy nails, eat glow foods with calcium and iron. Collard greens, turnip greens, okra, kale and broccoli are rich in calcium, and dried apricots, raisins and parsley provide iron.
Jennifer Haase is a New York-based writer and musician who has been covering music, weddings and health since 2010. Her articles have appeared in "The Muse's Muse" and "Zankyou Wedding Magazine." Haase studied creative writing at New York University, songwriting with Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and plant-based nutrition through Cornell University.