Nuts are exceptional to add to any diet, but all too often they get overlooked for fat or calorie content. While they may be higher in these areas, nuts provide benefits in so many areas from brain and bone health to clearer, healthier skin. Not all nuts are quite equal when it comes to skin care benefits. Below, find five of our favorite nuts that give you healthy skin.
Almonds are such a delicious way to treat your skin. Eating almonds benefits all skin types, but they may be especially useful if you are experiencing acne, psoriasis or eczema. Almonds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and they contain antioxidant compounds that flush toxins from your body and cleanse your skin from the inside. Substances known as alpha-tocopherols, found in significant amounts in almonds, are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which nourishes your skin and protects it from external factors. Not only can you eat almonds for healthy skin, but you can receive the skin benefits of almonds by using almond oil.
There are seven types of macadamia nuts around the world, but only two of these are edible. Australia is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts, but Hawaiian macadamia nuts have a reputation for having the best taste. Macadamia nuts have a high flavonoid content, and flavonoids keep your skin protected from damage due to environmental toxins and free radicals. Macadamia nuts are naturally high in protein which improves the strength and appearance of your skin, in addition to your hair and nails.
These little green nuts are not only fun to snack on and when you choose them for an afternoon pick-me-up, they give you much more than a bit of energy. Pistachios are a source of vitamin E and vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that combats signs of aging in a two main ways. First, vitamin E provides a bit of natural UV protection (but don’t skip your sunscreen) that battles the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally vitamin E is a very emollient ingredient which means that vitamin E keeps your skin looking and feeling moisturized.
Essential fatty-acids and B vitamins are major components of walnuts that combat stress and depression. Julie Mancuso, a holistic nutritionist, explains why this benefits your skin. “A lack in fatty acids may lead to depression and mood disorders. B vitamins help with stress management and mood and prevent skin disorders.” Stress and mood impact your skin by causing breakouts, redness, inflammation and fine lines and wrinkles. When your stress levels are controlled and your mood is stable, your skin is far healthier, and who doesn’t want to be a bit happier?
A one ounce serving of pecans contains about 2.7 grams of fiber. Fiber isn’t just important for healthy digestion, it is also a factor in healthy skin. The toxins inside your body manifest outside on your skin with the appearance of breakouts, dullness and excess oil. Mancuso says fiber “…helps with the elimination of toxins and waste.” As fiber rids your body of toxins and waste, your skin begins to become clearer, more radiant and more balanced.
Nuts are such an excellent snack choice: They’re super easy to transport, require no prep time (minus unshelled pistachios) and give you a shot of energy while also providing serious skin health benefits. Moderation is the key when enjoying these treats, so stick close to a one ounce serving (about a fistful of most nuts) when you want to munch on these. Eating nuts regularly will improve your overall health and increase the health level of your skin.