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10 foods for great skin

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The beauty industry rakes in the bucks as people try to battle Father Time, but what if Mother Nature is already providing the best arsenal?

These ten foods collected by Ava Feuer at Redbook are not only good for the waistline (for the most part), but also great for the skin, so stock up and get ready to start looking more vibrant naturally.

Get glowy again with broccoli – really

When sleepless nights leave you feeling – or looking – a little blah, reach for this crunchy green. A half-cup serving contains more than two-thirds of your recommended intake of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the immune system. It’s also high in sulforaphane, which promotes liver detoxification. “Over 80 percent of toxins are neutralized through the liver, and a buildup of toxins in our bodies can cause dull and dry skin, hair and nails,” says beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson.

Sip cocoa for your heart

Another reason to enjoy this tasty treat: It helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, which support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. Opt for antioxidant-rich cocoa beans, which contain twice the amount dark chocolate does without much the added pro-aging fat and sugar, says Cheryl Forberg, RD, and author of Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You. Choose “natural” cocoa powder – when processed, added alkali reduces its antioxidant numbers.

Full story at Yahoo Shine.

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