Would you like to have a clear and glowing skin? Then, you need to consider drinking at least one glass of green smoothie every day.
Many have already given testaments about the multitude of benefits of green smoothies to the skin due to their composition of green leafy vegetables and fruits.
I was intrigued by the power of green smoothies when a friend suggested to me that I try them. I have been suffering from acne and imperfect skin for a while now, and no amount of topical medicines can improve my skin condition.
Before I begin to incorporate green smoothies into my diet, I tried to investigate some of their skin benefits. If you’re curious to know, here’s what I found out: 9 Benefits of green smoothies for skin
1. Make Acne Go Away
There have been rave reviews about the effectiveness of green smoothies in clearing the skin against acne. According to some testimonials in Acne.org, their regular consumption of green smoothies help fade their acne problems.
One common green smoothie recipe that they used include of kale, spinach, apple, banana, and ginger.
Green smoothies don’t have anything that can cause skin breakouts, unlike processed foods. In fact, some fruits and vegetables can help prevent acne due to their high content of carotenoids, the plant pigment that can turn to Vitamin A in the body.
Carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables include mostly of yellow-orange fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, like kale, carrots, and cantaloupe.
2. Reduce Wrinkles
Green smoothies may help reduce wrinkles due to their high amount of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and coenzyme Q10.
According to Oregon State University, the high intake of vitamin C in a diet links to a remarkable reduction in skin wrinkling. Several vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and pineapple.
Vitamin E found in leafy greens, avocados, and mangoes, can inhibit the formation of wrinkles by keeping the skin moisturized. Together with vitamin C, they can help protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for healthy skin while beta carotene- that is found in yellow-orange fruits and leafy greens, such as carrots, spinach, and kale- is needed to be converted into Vitamin A in the body.
Another essential nutrient that is effective in warding off wrinkles is the coenzyme Q10 which is naturally produced by the body, but as we age, we produce this vitamin-like substance less.
Spinach, which is often used in green smoothies, is one great source of this nutrient. If you like to start drinking a green smoothie to keep that wrinkles away, here is a great video you can follow.
3. Give Glowing Skin
A serving of green smoothie usually contains about 3 cups of leafy greens, which is more than a lot of people consume weekly.
Just imagine drinking this once a day, you’ll definitely get the optimum results that you always wish for glowing skin. Vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants help keep your skin glow.
Another way to achieve glowing skin is to incorporate kefir in the mix to have a healthy gut. Skin problems are often linked to an imbalance in the gut. If you restore the good bacteria in your gut, you can have glowing skin in no time.
If you like to have a glowing skin you can try this simple recipe. Just mix -spinach, banana, honeydew, and lime juice- and blend well until smooth.
4. Make Skin Firmer
Green smoothies can help make your skin firmer by boosting collagen production in your body. As you already know, collagen plays a significant part in skin structure as it helps reduce wrinkles from within. Some fruits that increase collagen production include apples, oranges, and strawberries.
Vitamin C and beta-carotene help make the skin firmer by protecting the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. Healthy fats can also help keep your skin firm by keeping it hydrated at all times.
You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits and some dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard. Beta-carotene is mostly found in yellow-orange fruits while healthy fats can be found in avocados, almonds, and omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Shield the Skin Against Sun Damage
Aside from your regular sunscreen, don’t you know that you can protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays with a regular consumption of green smoothie? According to Heal With Food.org, a diet rich in carotenoids may help protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. Carotenoids are responsible for the natural color of fruits and vegetables.
A study confirms that a great supply of carotenoids, like beta-carotene and lycopene, can help protect the skin against UV by rummaging skin-damaging free radicals.
Other essential nutrients that can also do the job well in protecting your skin against sun damage include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You incorporate omega-3 into your green smoothie by adding flaxseed oil and cashew nuts.
Evidence also shows that an adequate, long-term consumption of vitamins C and E can minimize the sunburn effects. This is made possible by their strong antioxidant properties. Here are some recipe ideas that you can try to protect your skin from sun damage.
6. Treat Rashes, Eczema, and Psoriasis
If you’re suffering from skin problems, like rashes, eczema, and psoriasis, then you need to try incorporating green smoothies into your diet now. These skin conditions are mostly common to people with allergies and asthma. Green smoothies try to fight these skin disorders by increasing your immunity and detoxifying your liver.
To treat these skin conditions, you must include fresh fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and some healthy fats into your diet. Some great sources of omega-3 include spinach, flaxseed, and soy milk. My favorite healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado, and flaxseed oil.
[NutriBullet] shares some great smoothie recipes in this video.
7. Increase Wound Healing
A green smoothie which is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc can help speed up the wound healing process. Vitamin A can help in the wound healing process by encouraging new issues to grow. Leafy greens, like kale and spinach, and carrots are among the best sources of vitamin A.
Vitamin C helps heal wounds by forming new connective tissues. Results of a study show that a vitamin C coupled with zinc is more effective in healing wounds as compared to vitamin C alone.
Among the best sources of vitamin C are dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, and kiwifruit. Blackberries, bananas, and avocados are among zinc-rich fruits that you can add to your smoothies.
8. Decrease Inflammation and Redness of Skin
If your skin is inflamed and red, don’t worry, because green smoothies can help soothe them away. Cherries are great in fighting inflammation and they can also help reduce the manifestations of wound infections. You can find some great cherry green smoothie recipes here.
Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K are also helpful in reducing redness and inflammation of the skin. Vitamin K is mostly found in leafy green vegetables while vitamin E can be found in avocados.
If rosacea is the culprit for your skin redness, then vitamins A and B can help you clear your skin. Some great sources of vitamins A and B include dark leafy greens, carrots, and apples.
If your skin is inflamed and red due to acne, then vitamin C can help relieve them. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C include blackberries, spinach, and tangerines.
9. Regulate Sebum Production
You need to regulate the sebum production of your skin because too much of it can cause acne and too less of it can cause premature aging.
Hormonal changes often cause the overproduction of sebum in your face, but sometimes, the unhealthy foods that you eat can cause this problem. Stress can also increase the production of oil in your face.
Drinking green smoothies that contain zinc can help regulate the sebum production of your face. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc and they can serve as a nice add-on for your green smoothies.
Spinach smoothies are great for those who have dry skin as they contain vitamin A, which increases sebum production that moisturizes your skin. Here is a great spinach smoothie [recipe] (http://alliemichellel.com/spinach-smoothies/) that you can try.
Try to Drink Some Green Smoothie Today!
Do you feel encouraged to try some green smoothies now that you know the benefits of green smoothies to your skin?
It made me realize that all the solution I need so solve my skin problems are just right in my kitchen. I can use my green leafy vegetables and fruits now into a lot of good use.
If you’ve tried some green smoothies, let us know the skin benefits that you get from them in the comments section below. You can also share this wonderful article with your friends and family.