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Christmas dinnerWith Christmas just around the corner, there’s a good chance that you’ll have started to enjoy seasonal treats and a tipple or two. It may seem like the over-indulgence around the Christmas period is all bad, but there are actually several elements of your Christmas dinner which are very good for you. We’re taking a look at what those elements are and how they benefit your health and beauty:

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may be your least favourite part of Christmas dinner but they’re actually packed with things which will contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails, such as vitamin C – in fact, just 100g of Brussels (about 5 sprouts) contain 141% of your recommended daily vitamin C!

Raisins

Raisins are in just about everything at Christmas time, from stuffing to stollen, and although they’re very sugary, they do contain some goodness. As well as being an excellent source of dietary fibre (the thing which will keep you regular after all that marzipan!), they contain potassium which is crucial for heart function and muscular growth.

Parsnips

Parsnips add a lovely sweet flavour to your Christmas dinner, especially when roasted slowly in maple syrup, but they also contain magnesium, which is a powerful compound which can help with glucose regulation, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue and healing skin conditions.

Turkey

Turkey is a really underrated meat which a vast number of people only eat once or twice a year, however it has both a low calorie content and a high protein content, making it perfect for anyone hoping to lose weight or build muscle. Protein is also essential for keeping skin clear.

Cranberries

Cranberries were always recommended for use with urinary tract issues, however their effect has recently found to be negligible in this area. However, cranberries have excellent anti-inflammatory properties and contain a huge amount of antioxidants, which are vital in the fight against the signs of aging. So, don’t forget to pile the cranberry sauce on your turkey – your crow’s feet will thank you for it!

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