Healthy skin demands a healthy diet. To improve the appearance of scars, ensuring proper collagen distribution, the reduction of inflammation, and the softening of tissue, choose nutrient-rich foods.
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Snack Time Suggestions: Choosing the Right Ingredients
Sodas and sweets make for a delightful treat. However, they don’t offer the fundamental nutrients needed to improve scars. Swap out those calorie-heavy snacks for ones infused with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Zinc.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that strengthens the immune system and expedites the healing process, helping scar tissue fade. Physicians recommend a daily dose of 90 milligrams to ensure good health, and achieving this requires the right snacks:
- Yellow Bell Peppers (341.3-mg per large pepper)
- Golden Kiwi (64-mg per large fruit)
- Strawberries (10.6-mg per large berry)
- Oranges (69.7-mg per large orange)
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Vitamin A is a retinal-infused compound that improves the texture of the skin. It accelerates cell development and generates greater elasticity. Physicians recommend a daily dose of 1500 micrograms, and individuals can reach this amount this with:
- Carrots (7835-micrograms per large carrot)
- Kale (17707-micrograms per cup)
- Cantaloupe Melon (2334-micrograms per cup)
- Tuna Fish (7141-micrograms per ounce)
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Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient. It counters the effects of free radicals, protecting skin from loss of hydration, decreases in elasticity, and oxidation. While Vitamin E does not improve the appearance of scars (whether applied topically or taken through diet or supplements), it is great for combating oxygen free radicals which can damage the skin, especially from sun exposure – and UV rays can permanently darken a scar. Physicians recommend a daily dose of 20 milligrams, and there are many ways to meet this number:
- Almonds (7.3-mg per ounce)
- Avocados (4.2-mg per cup)
- Sunflower Seeds (10.2-mg per ounce)
- Tofu (4.5-mg per ounce)
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Zinc is a mineral that directly impacts the body’s immune system. It enhances cellular growth and dissolves carbohydrates (which provide key proteins during the tissue creation process). This decreases the rigidity of scars and reduces inflammation. Physicians recommend a daily dose of 15 milligrams, and there are many delicious ways to reach this goal:
- Cashews (1.6-mg per ounce)
- Dark Chocolate (5.9-mg per cup)
- Mushrooms (1.4-mg per cup)
- Mung Beans (0.6-mg per cup)
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Achieving a healthy lifestyle is not always possible, with individuals forever on the move and away from the kitchen. Choosing the right snacks proves challenging, and vitamin supplements are often needed to ensure balanced results.
These items deliver concentrated bursts of key minerals so that even the busiest individuals can maintain their diets and meet their intake goals. It also promotes the improved appearance of scars.
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Substituting traditional snacks with vitamin-heavy foods provides immediate and long-lasting results. Make the change today!
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