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Sun exposure, stress, environmental toxins and the natural process of aging will reduce the elasticity of your skin, creating wrinkles. Wrinkles are also often due to lower collagen levels in your skin, as collagen is the protein that keeps your skin elastic and firm. Including juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables, especially if they are high in skin-friendly nutrients and antioxidants, can help promote healthy skin. You can mix together juices made from fruits and vegetables for a healthy, delicious and nutrition-packed drink.
Citrus Fruit Juice
All citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruits and tangerines, are naturally high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is required to help your body produce collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and healthy, potentially helping reduce the onset of wrinkles. Vitamin C also helps your body heal from injuries, including cuts and bruises. As a natural antioxidant, it can help reduce the damage of free radicals on your body, which can speed up the aging process, including the onset of wrinkles. An orange has 70 milligrams of vitamin C per serving, a whole grapefruit has 79 milligrams and a tangerine has 26 milligrams per serving. The recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C ranges from 75 to 120 milligrams for adults.
Purple Grape Juice
Purple grape juice, made from red grapes, is naturally high in revesatrol, which is found in the grape’s skin. Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound that is a natural antioxidant. A single 5-ounce serving of red grape juice has between 0.17 and 1.3 milligrams of resveratrol. Like vitamin C, it protects your cells from damage from free radicals, potentially aiding in slowing down the aging process. The Linus Pauling Institute also notes that resveratrol may be beneficial in increasing life span, although the studies have been done only on animals and insects, so further research is needed to understand if resveratrol may have the same effect on humans.
An Unconventional Choice: Beet Juice
You might not think of beets as a juice ingredient, but these root vegetables produce a sweet and palatable juice that can be blended easily with other fruit and vegetable juices. Raw beets are naturally high in folate, and a 1-cup serving of chopped beets, the equivalent of 1/2 cup of fresh beet juice, has 148 milligrams of folate per serving. This means that 1/2-cup serving of fresh beet juice contains 25 to 37 percent of the recommended dietary intake of folate for all adults. Folate helps with producing DNA and RNA, the building blocks of your body. Folate -- or in supplement form, folic acid -- is especially important when you are experiencing rapid growth, such as during adolescence and pregnancy. As folate helps your body produce cells and tissues rapidly, it is essential for helping produce healthy, new skin cells, keeping your skin fresh-looking.
A Vegetable Juice Stalwart: Carrot Juice
When made from fresh, raw carrots, carrot juice is naturally rich in vitamin A. A single cup of chopped carrot, the equivalent of 1/4 cup of fresh carrot juice, has 1,069 micrograms of vitamin A. This is over 100 percent of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin A for adults, including pregnant women. For breast-feeding women, 1/4 cup of fresh carrot juice provides 82 percent of the RDI. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant that protects your body from damage from free radicals. It also helps keep your skin and mucous membranes healthy and assists in wound healing. Like beet juice, carrot juice is sweet-tasting and can be blended with other fruit and vegetable juices.
- Cornell Center for Materials Research: Unrepaired Skin Molecules Cause Wrinkles as We Age
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture: Nutritional and Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Carrots, Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Beets, Raw
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin A (Retinol)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
- Linus Pauling Institute: Resveratrol
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Jessica Hendricks has worked as a professional journalist for CBS and ABC News in the areas of health, fitness and nutrition. Passionate about wine, she has also worked for several food and drink publications. She holds three master's degrees in Eastern European culture, journalism and nutrition and dietetics.
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