This post was written by Ruby Yang, a volunteer with Calgary Family Nutrition.

In my last post I talked about how an anti-inflammatory diet may help improve different skin problems caused by chronic inflammation. An important part of the anti-inflammatory diet are antioxidants.
Inflammation damages skin cells by a build-up of free radicals, causing oxidation.

Research shows that this process is a significant contributor to skin problems. One of the solutions are antioxidants, which are chemicals that fight this oxidation process and protect the skin cells from being damaged. Luckily, these antioxidants are commonly found in the food we eat since they include some of our essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Adding a couple of foods high in antioxidants can help your body have the best chance at combating some skin problems.

Antioxidants Commonly found in:
Vitamin C guava, peppers, kiwi, strawberries, citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes
Vitamin E almonds, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, peanuts, sweet potato, leafy vegetables, avocado
Selenium brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, grain products, beans, oat, eggs
Carotenoids kale, tomato, spinach, sweet potato, carrot, leafy vegetables, pumpkin, squash, guava, watermelon, grapefruit
Flavonoids berries, cherries, red grapes, onions, apples, cocoa, green tea