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Benefits of Juicing for Your Skin: How Fresh Juice Helps a Rosy Complexion

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Everybody knows about the numerous health benefits of juicing. But did you know that drinking fresh juice can actually produce visible results in the appearance of your skin?

A new study proves that eating more fruits and veggies can indeed lead to a healthier, rosier complexion. Over a six-week period, researchers tracked the fruit and vegetable intake of 35 participants with varying levels of fruit and veggie consumption to try to figure out exactly at how many servings of produce a day produced a noticeable boost in beauty.

“Our study suggests that an increase in fruit and veggie consumption of around three portions, sustained over a six-week period, is sufficient to convey perceptible improvements in the apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin,” says lead researcher Dr. Ross Whitehead of the University of St. Andrews School of Psychology. “Conversely, the participants that worsened their diet became paler.”

The researchers found that higher intake was associated with noticeable changes to skin color. Specifically, the participants eating more fruits and veggies saw an increase in red and yellow tones in their skin, which the researchers attributed to the carotenoids found in many plants such as carrots, yams, pumpkins, apples and spinach.

Eating more fruits and veggies boosts rosy skin tones!

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The main carotenoids focused on in this study were beta-carotene, which gives beetroots their brilliant hue, and lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright coloring. The benefits of both of these carotenoids are well-known. Studies have linked beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, to its ability to counter a specific type of UV radiation from sunlight.

Lycopene has also been shown to protect the skin from within from the damaging effects of sun exposure, including sunburn.

Want to know which fruits and veggies contain the most carotenoids?

When you're juicing for rosy skin, be sure to include:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Dark green leafy greens
  • Squash
  • Cantaloupes
  • Sweet red peppers
  • Peas
  • Broccoli

If you're eager to get started juicing for a rosier complexion, check out our carotenoid-rich juice recipes below!

BEST JUICE BOOSTERS FOR PERFECT SKIN

Add a lil extra oomph to your juice recipes with these skin boosters!

MSM boosts collagen & elastin production, softens skin, soothes inflammation and even makes your hair grow faster.

Apple cider vinegar's got acetic acid, enzymes and friendly bacteria that keeps you blemish-free and glowing from the inside out. 

Chia seeds prolong hydration & are packed with skin helpers like omega-3 fatty acids to keep skin supple & smooth.

Just make sure you don't overdo it with carotenoid-rich foods...in large amounts, they can come with some pretty weird side effects!

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Why Juice? 5 Amazing Juicing Benefits | Just Juice - March 8, 2013

[…] Carotenoids, which is found in most fruits and vegetables, promote skin smoothness and combats skin problems by acting as a precursor to vitamin A (our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A only to the degree that we need it) which strengthens our skin, hair, and nails. Carotenoids found in most fruits and vegetables have even been known to boost a rosy complexion. […]

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