Thanks to advancements in food technology and global transport, it’s easy to forget that most produce items are seasonal and don’t actually grow 12 months out of the year. Though it might be more convenient to eat a few staple fruits and veggies year-round, there are several benefits to consuming locally sourced, seasonal produce. Not only does it typically cost less and have deeper flavors with more nutrients, but eating local, seasonal produce can also give you glowing skin from within.
Here are five seasonal fruits and veggies that can give you beautiful skin all spring long:
In most parts of the country, broccoli plants produce two crops per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Broccoli is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The results from a Korean study under Dr. Young-Hee Kang found that vitamin E can prevent inflammation and increase the production of collagen. By reducing inflammation and boosting collagen output, skin will firm up and smooth out, leading to a reduction in wrinkles.
Blueberries, which are typically available as early as May, are rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is especially effective at fighting acne according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology Research, and consuming blueberries and other foods that contain it can lead to consistently clear skin.
Though spinach is available year-round, it is at its freshest and most tender in the springtime. Like broccoli, spinach is rich in vitamin E, which means it can lead to smooth, firm skin that glows all season long. Though some people prefer to avoid this distinctly bitter green, there are palatable ways to cook it while still retaining most of its nutritional value.
Asparagus season is fairly short, running from about late March to early May. Asparagus contains lots of nutrients that can contribute to glowing skin and overall health, including vitamins A, C and K, potassium, folate, and vitamin B complex. Vitamins A and K contribute to healthy skin and nails, and vitamin C can prevent dryness and blemishes in addition to detoxifying the liver, which can cure acne.
Mangoes have two harvesting seasons throughout the year that often overlap to provide availability almost year-round. Mangoes contain selenium, which is a mineral that works like an antioxidant by protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals. Diets high in selenium can lead to clear, glowing skin because it protects the skin from sun damage and age spots.
Healthy, glowing skin might seem out of reach, especially if you’ve tried countless cosmetic products and have yet to see the results you want, but it’s important to keep in mind that healthy skin ultimately starts from within. A diet high in antioxidants, vitamins and selenium can help restore collagen to minimize wrinkles, clear up acne, and prevent age spots and blemishes. Coupled with age-defying beauty products, you can have flawless, glowing skin year-round.