Health & Beauty Report: The Beauty Benefits of 8 Heart Healthy Foods
Celebrate American Heart Month by indulging in these foods that are good for both your health and beauty
Dark leafy greens = glowing skinThe scoop: Dark leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard "are loaded with fiber, which reduces the risk of heart disease," says Bauer. "They're also one of the top sources of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair and renew your skin to give it a youthful glow."
Spinach, too, packs a healthy wallop. In addition to beta-carotene, it's brimming with lutein, potassium, fiber and folate which all work to help keep your heart in great shape. Folate is also a vital nutrient for DNA repair so spinach helps to keep your skin looking its best -- from the inside out.
Tip: In their book "SuperFoods HealthStyle," Steven Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews offer some tips on how to pick the best of the bunch when shopping for greens; "Look for fresh-looking fresh-smelling greens," they say. "Avoid any that are yellow or browned." They also recommend that you refrain from washing them right away, waiting till right before you're going to prepare or eat them.
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