When it comes to maintaining the health of your skin, vitamin C plays a critical role. Also known as ascorbic acid, this vitamin is essential for the growth and repair of tissues all over the body! Its healing properties contribute to clearer skin and a brighter complexion. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which combats free radicals that can cause skin dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
As you probably already know-dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach and many more.
What you might not know- vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-heme iron, the kind from plant-based sources. Iron is often a nutrient of concern for the vegan diet so it is beneficial to combine iron-rich plant foods with a source of vitamin C.
With this in mind, be sure to spice up your black beans with a fresh tomato salsa or add some fresh berries to your spinach salad for dinner. And don’t forget to reap the benefits topically, my choice: the traces of lemon peel in MMT’s Lavender Lemon Bar Soap and Juniper Lemon Salt Scrub!
This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.
Soy is one of the most controversial foods in the world. Depending who you ask, some may call it a superfood while others consider it a toxin. It seems for every study supporting the benefits of soy there’s another revealing its harmful effects− making researching soy very confusing to consumers.