Looking Young with Carotenoids


Who doesn’t want youth-in-a-food? Especially when it’s so inexpensive, you feel totally empowered knowing that looking good doesn’t cost as much as you might think.

Costly products that lack the so-called benefits they promise can take away your spirit.

They create such a dependency in having you buy into their snake oil, that after hundreds of dollars, you’re left with self-blame–especially when comparing yourself to the airbrushed images that grace social media accounts and print media today.

I’m only going to sell you one thing in this article: truth in vegetables (with some seasonal fruits included), especially those high in carotenoids.

Carotenoid Sweet Potato

A recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that carotenoid consumption and longer telomeres (a structure at the end of our chromosomes that is associated with our ‘biological’ age) literally feed off each other in a good way.

These findings also suggest that carotenoids could protect us from the aging process overall, including age-related diseases.

What should you begin doing right now?

Run and go buy (OK, you can drive to the market!) some carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale, and collard greens.  You could even sauté all of them together in coconut oil and Celtic sea salt for the perfect youth-medley (cube the sweet potatoes and pumpkin, chop the rest).

Make a facial mask (male readers, join the fun!) and apply after a nice facial scrub for approximately 25-minutes; wash off.

Pumpkin & Egg Facial Mask

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  2. 1 egg

Directions

Mix both ingredients together in a NutriBullet and apply.

FYI: The most prevalent carotenoids in North American diets are α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. –source Oregon State University, Department of Food Studies