My love of super fruits (extension of the word superfood) began several years ago when I was researching their benefits for skin health. I had always used antioxidant rich fruits and berries internally for my health and my families. Being a big smoothie girl and baker they have a permanent place in my kitchen.
They also have amazing properties when applied to the skin topically. I started incorporating many super fruits into my organic skincare formulas and even created my own truoxidant™ superfruit blend of plant oils. (More about that later.)
What are super fruits and what role do they play in our skins health?
The expression “you are what you eat” (I like to say assimilate) may be more accurate than you think. There are many factors that contribute to healthy glowing skin (including genetics). Some foods depending on their vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content can actually help promote healthy skin.
Superfruits are high in antioxidants as well as high in nutritional value.
Superfruits and Antioxidants for healthy cells
What all superfruits have in common is antioxidants. Lots of them. Antioxidants are important because they can impede and even repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Free radical damage is one of the primary causes of aging skin, skin inflammation and photo-damaged skin caused by chronic sun damage. If free radicals take an extra electron from collagen molecules in your skin, collagen becomes damaged, which results in stiff, less elastic skin.
Antioxidants help prevent this damage by giving the electrons they seek. Once an antioxidant joins with a free radical, the free radical no longer tries to latch on to other cells. This means that antioxidants make free radicals harmless.
While your body produces antioxidants naturally, your free radical to antioxidant ratio is usually unbalanced with the free radicals coming out victorious. So it is important to seek outside sources of antioxidants, like superfruits, to keep free radicals in check.
true’s truoxidant™ blend
I chose natures super fruits to create our very own antioxidant blend. Our truoxidant™ blend contains high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and cellular renewal components to renew, repair and transform your skin while also protecting you from environmental damage and ageing. I have included it in different percentages throughout the face and body products.
The 5 intensive superfruit blend and their benefits for skin health include:
Extraordinarily high in Omega-3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Red Raspberry Seed oil is a superb anti-oxidant. It contains 83% essential fatty acids. Raspberry Seed Oil contains exceptionally high levels of alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E) and Vitamin A.
A superfruit known for its exceptional nutrient value and high antioxidant properties. Evidence also suggests that pomegranate seed oil may promote regeneration and strengthening of the skin. Also contains age-defying ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant and sources of Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA.
Blackcurrant seed oil contains both Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) and the rarely found Stearidonic Acid (SDA), thus providing all four of these targeted essential fatty acids in the same oil. Its high GLA content makes it an effective skincare oil. It is especially useful in the treatment of dry, damaged and sensitive skin.
This is the fruit of the Rosehip bush and one of the most powerful sources of natural Vitamin C. Rosehip oil is also high in Vitamins D, E, A, essential fatty acids (linoleic), and antioxidant flavonoids. Found to be a tissue regenerator, it may help to prevent premature aging, minimize wrinkles and reduce stretch marks and scars.
These berries are said to be the single highest source of vitamin C, vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids and beta carotene which gives them their bright colour. It has been credited with minimising wrinkles, regenerating skin cells and for promoting the healing of skin injuries.
Here’s a great inner beauty smoothie recipe for healthy radiant skin:
Sip your way to healthy skin with this superfood-packed smoothie. Leafy green kale contains high levels of vitamin K, an essential vitamin known to suppress inflammation (which can result in acne or wrinkles). Chewy, tangy, and sweet goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants, known to ward off the signs of photo aging (aging of the skin often caused by sun damage), including liver spots, freckles, and spider veins. Apples are also a healthy-skin super-fruit ranking high antioxidants.
I like this smoothie for the light snack that it is but if you wanted to make it more substantial a nut butter, hemp or chia seeds would be great additions. Have your smoothie your way, of course.
Kale, apple, raspberry + goji berry smoothie (serves 2)
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
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