Popular Local Ingredients That Keep Your Body and Skin Young

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  December 11, 2018
  • Eat your way to good health and youthful looks with these tasty foods.
    1 / 8 Eat your way to good health and youthful looks with these tasty foods.

    Avocados, berries, nuts and the like get all the attention for being superfoods that do wonders for your skin and health, but they can be rather pricey. Instead, try out other underrated ingredients that are just as good for you, inexpensive and available all year round.

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    (Also read: 11 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat While You’re Pregnant)

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  • Watermelon
    2 / 8 Watermelon

    Lucky us, we get to have this year round and not just in summer because the lycopene in watermelon can help minimise the effects of sun damage. Like its name suggests, watermelon also helps with hydration which keeps bodily functions running smoothly, and its high vitamin C content aids with a range of processes that results in glowing skin and covetable strong hair.

    (Also read: 7 Surprising Ways to Use Watermelon Skin in Cooking & Your Skincare Routine)

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  • Green beans and bean sprouts
    3 / 8 Green beans and bean sprouts

    Bean sprouts and green beans don’t seem particularly nutritious, but research has shown that they’re full of health benefits. In addition to being high in protein, they’re full of nutrients, polyphenols and antioxidants that help to control or prevent degenerative conditions such as diabetes, cancer, inflammation and hypertension.

    (Also read: 12 Foods That Give You More Energy)

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  • Turmeric
    4 / 8 Turmeric

    This golden-hued root tastes good in drinks and curries, and it has antiviral and antibiotic functions which boost your recovery when you’re ill and make you less prone to infection. It’s also loaded with antioxidants that offer some protection against ageing UVA rays while guarding against degeneration of your skin cells from oxidative factors such as pollution.

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  • Bok choy
    5 / 8 Bok choy

    This leafy green is one of the most nutrient dense around with lots of essential vitamins and minerals, yet it only contains nine calories per cup. Eat up to guard against cancer, decrease high blood pressure, promote healthy bowel movement, improve sleep and memory as well as protect your bones. This green wonder also contains the anti-ageing trio of vitamins A, C, and E, which keep your complexion plump and youthful-looking.

    (Also read: Stock up on These Healthy Snacks for Your Mid-Day Hunger Pangs)

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  • Papaya
    6 / 8 Papaya

    It’s probably common knowledge that papaya is good for constipation and bloating, but some studies have also shown that papaya seems to have anticancer benefits. Additionally, lycopene, vitamin C and antioxidants in this tasty fruit helps support skin’s structure as well as repair damage. This helps to minimise wrinkles and make you look radiant.

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  • Shiitake mushroom
    7 / 8 Shiitake mushroom

    Mushrooms, especially shiitake mushrooms are big in Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Besides being delicious and a good substitute for meat, shiitake mushrooms have been found to help boost your immune system, according to a study from the US. Shiitake mushrooms are also a good source of vitamin D, which quells inflammation, as well as kojic acid, which helps lighten hyperpigmentation and dark scars. No wonder beauty brands like using it in their products! 

    (Also read: 5 Important Vitamins You Are Probably Not Getting Enough Of)

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  • Barley
    8 / 8 Barley

    If you’re trying to lose weight, barley has lots of fibre that can keep you full and promote digestion. In Korea and Japan, roasted barley tea is a popular beverage and research has shown that it promotes good blood circulation. That’s not just good for your body, it also gives you healthy hair and a radiant complexion. Besides boiling the grains to make the popular barley drink, you can also grind them down in a blender or coffee grinder to use as flour in baking, or to mix with some water to use as a face mask. 

    (Also read: The Best Teas for Weight Loss, Clear Skin & Better Health)

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