Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect and recharge with family and friends while indulging in good eats. The best part is, you can also skindulge this Thanksgiving by incorporating the following three skin-friendly nutrients into your feast.
- Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a plant-based chemical that supports the skin as an antioxidant. It can also give you a food tan and a healthy glow. Foods rich in beta-carotene include pumpkins (hello pumpkin pie!), butternut squash, carrots, and kale.
- Melatonin: Melatonin is a chemical that is naturally produced in your skin, as well by the pineal gland in your brain. It assists in both the regulation of sleep cycles and potentially in building a healthy skin barrier. Since melatonin is made from the amino acid, tryptophan, foods that are high in tryptophan can also help to supply melatonin for your body. Your Thanksgiving turkey is rich in tryptophan, but there are also many household staples that are even richer. Foods that are rich in tryptophan include pumpkin seeds, eggs, soy-based foods such as tofu, and cheeses. So, if you make your pumpkin pie from scratch, try drying and roasting those pumpkin seeds and add them to a side dish. And if Tofurkey is on the menu, you’ll still be getting your tryptophan fix. If you want to skip the tryptophan and go straight for the melatonin boost, a few foods that are naturally rich in melatonin include tart cherries, sweet corn, and bananas.
- Vitamin E: The abundant form of vitamin E, known as α-tocopherol, functions as an antioxidant and supports the skin against UV damage. Foods like sunflower seeds and almonds are rich in vitamin E and definitely deserve a spot at the Thanksgiving table! Try adding sliced almonds or sunflower seeds to a salad or side dish for some added crunch and an antioxidant boost. Although not as rich in vitamin E, turkey is one of the richest sources of vitamin E among poultry meats, also making it a welcome guest.
Have a skindulgent Thanksgiving!