The cool months of mellow fruitfulness

PUBLISHED: 15:27 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:08 20 February 2013

The cool months of mellow fruitfulness

The cool months of mellow fruitfulness

Carolyn Heaton on Suffolk's seasonal nutrition and how it can help our teenagers

Carolyn Heaton on Suffolks seasonal nutrition and how it can help our teenagers

Seasonal nutrition is all around us at the moment with the country side overflowing with abundance. Seeing blackberries on the bushes is just one of the beauties of the countryside at this time of year.
Harvested produce is all around us, and this has prompted me to write about the benefits of seasonal produce, taking blackberries as a prime example, and how these fruits can seriously benefit our teenage population.
Make sure that you pick berries from hedges that surrounds land which has not been sprayed. Chemicals can easily find their way into fruits like blackberries. Also quieter roads where berries are abundant are a more sensible option than picking from busy traffic areas, where fuel fumes can get through to the berries.
These great fruits are rich in fibre and folate and full of energy for our on the go teenager. Folate, a member of the B complex family, is well-known for its anxiety and tension busting properties. The berries can be frozen at this time and rationed in colder months to make very nice smoothies, which go down a treat with everyone. Freezing berries is fine as long as they are frozen soon after picking and washing.

Blackberries can be great for warding off unsightly acne

Foods have healing properties, but on the downside many can have harming properties, so its important to watch out for any reaction after eating berries. Blackberries have an active component called salicylate, which is used in the formulation of aspirin. But some people can have a reaction to salicylate, and ingesting it can cause symptoms including asthma, headache, changes in skin tone, itchy skin, hives, swelling of hands and stomach pain.
Berries can be great for warding off unsightly acne as well as contributing to a balanced diet of course .
Keeping fast food to a minimum is good, as there is a school of thought that its iodine chemicals added to these foods that causes the skin to flare up, of course amongst other factors that can vary from one individual to another. Junk food of course substitutes natural healthy food, therefore robbing the body of essential nutrients.
Healthier options could include shellfish, lean poultry, meat and pumpkin seeds, which provide a great source of zinc, an important mineral for acne prevention.
An adequate intake of meat, fish, eggs and dairy produce is important as sources of Vitamin A which is needed to strengthen and maintain healthy skin. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are a great source of pro-vitamin A (retinol), which can be converted easily in the body to Vitamin A, ensuring that a vegetarian gets enough vitamin A in their diet.
Another great vitamin for the skin is vitamin E for its healing properties, sourced from wheatgerm, eggs, and good quality cold pressed oils.
Vitamin C, provided from many fruits, particularly berries is a great nutrient for keeping infection at bay, particularly important for skin health.
Nutritional therapy can naturally help every health condition in one form or another.

If you would like to speak to a nutritionist about any condition, please call Carolyn Heaton at Elementalle Nutrition.
Tel: 0777 300 7795

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