Derived From: Natural News
Original Author: Vicki Batts
Many people suffer with skin problems. Dark circles, stubborn acne and dry patches are just some of the ailments that can plague your skin – and your life. There are tons of ointments, pastes, creams and serums available to treat these conditions, but oftentimes the problems come right back as soon as treatment ends.
What if these skin problems didn’t need miracle potions, but rather nutrition, to be solved? There’s a good chance that improving nutrient intake can indeed help to fix these common ailments and restore skin’s integrity.
Vitamins are the key to having healthy skin, as they are for any other vital organ. Deficiencies in essential vitamins can, of course, lead to issues with the skin, including acne and other conditions. While all vitamins are important, some are more important to healthy skin. Here are a few of them:
Vitamin A deficiency can cause skin to appear dull and become flaky. It can even contribute to psoriasis and pimple-formation. Some good sources of vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, raw milk and dark, leafy greens.
There are eight different B vitamins that contribute to the overall health of the body. They help the body to metabolize energy from food. Biotin, or vitamin B7, is known to contribute to the metabolism of amino acids and the synthesis of fat. Biotin deficiency, in particular, can cause pale or grayish-hued skin, dry skin and scaly dermatitis. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause dark under-eye circles to form. Dry skin is a common feature of B vitamin deficiency as a whole. Some good sources of B vitamins include mushrooms, whole grains and kidney beans. Egg yolks, peanuts, cauliflower, chicken and liver are good sources of biotin.
Vitamin C deficient skin is more susceptible to the effects of aging, such as wrinkling or the development of hyper-pigmented areas. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, which is a major component of skin. Scurvy is one of the primary outcomes of vitamin C deficiency, and its dermatological presentation is the result of malformed collagen. Because a lack of vitamin C inevitably weakens the skin, it also becomes more vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria. In this manner, vitamin C deficiency can contribute to issues with acne. The absence of vitamin C also impairs the body and skin’s ability to heal the acne. In addition to citrus fruits, peppers and tomatoes are also great choices for vitamin C-rich foods.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant nutrient that helps to protect skin from free radicals and toxins. Vitamin E deficiency is fairly rare, but there are several foods you can eat to help ensure you are getting enough. Avocados, leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds are all great options for meeting your vitamin E requirements.
Inadequate intake of vitamin K can contribute to the development of dark under-eye circles. It has also been attributed to more rapid aging in middle-aged adults. Vitamin K deficiency is rare, but eating plenty of leafy greens can help you get enough on a daily basis. Kale, broccoli, cabbage and egg whites are all great ways to get your daily dose of vitamin K.
Eating a healthy diet is always important. There are many nutrients that are essential to total body health, but these particular ones can help keep your skin clear, youthful and bright.