Your skin is a complex three-layered organ that is exposed to both intrinsic (within the body) and extrinsic (environmental) factors that cause it to appear disco-loured, sunken, wrinkled, and, well, aged. Thankfully, we can combat much of what causes our skin to appear aged using what we choose to include in our daily diet.
Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spent years searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth — when all he had to do was head to the kitchen. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, here are 14 foods to eat that will make you look (and feel) younger.
The humble cucumber is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and is renowned for its anti-aging properties. In addition to flavenols that prevent memory loss, the skin of this superfood is chock full of silica, which speeds the repair of over-exerted muscles and boosts production of collagen in skin cells to keep skin glowing and healthy.
Set aside the Aunt Jemima and pick up a jug of real maple syrup to enjoy the anti-aging benefits of this sweet treat. It also happens to be full of age-fighting antixodants, with anti-inflammatory properties that are good for promoting healthy, young-looking skin.
Mother Nature’s moisturizer, avocadoes are loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids that will ease dry, aging skin. They also contain an antioxidant called glutathione, a sort of natural body detoxer that prevents damage to cells.
Bell peppers — especially the red, yellow and orange varieties — are full of antioxidants, which can boost your immune system and help your skin fight off sun damage.
Not only is oatmeal great for digestion, it’s also fantastic for the health of your skin, containing amino acids and vitamin E, which nourish skin cells, fight the free radicals that accelerate the aging process and battle sun damage. Be aware, however, that the health-boosting properties of oatmeal are greatly diminished in instant oatmeal; better to cook up a pot of the steel-cut variety.
All berries feature health benefits, but the rule of thumb is: the darker the berry, the higher the concentration of antioxidants. Keeping that in mind, be aware that berries are also chock full of vitamin C, which is key to healthy, young-looking skin.
If any food has earned the “superfood” label, it’s mighty broccoli. As well as its documented cancer-fighting properties, broccoli is also loaded with phytonutrients that decrease inflammation, which can help you look younger.
Salmon contains a chemical called DMAE, which some dermatologists believe affects facial muscles that will improve skin tone and prevent sagging skin. DMAE is also present in other fatty fish including sardines and anchovies.
Vitamin C can protect protect skin from free radicals that cause skin to prematurely age, and Brussels sprouts are loaded with it. In fact, Brussels sprouts contain more vitamin C than oranges.
Citrus fruits can be serious weapons in the fight against aging. Lemon juice, for example, can be applied to the skin to fade age spots, while the vitamin C found in citrus fruits can boost collagen levels and prevent skin from sagging and wrinkling.
Walnuts are extremely rich in Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, vital nutrients for the skin that keeps your skin’s inner membrane moist, which prevents wrinkles from forming. In addition to walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, chia seeds and flaxseed are also effective.
Kale and Other Leafy Greens
Kale and other dark leafy greens are essential in looking younger — they contain high levels of vitamin K, which improves circulation and will provide your skin with a healthy glow. Plus, the sulfur within kale works as an anti-inflammatory that will reduce flaky or red skin.
Not only do sweet potatoes contain high levels of age-defying antioxidants, they’re also jam-packed with vitamin A, C and E, which contribute to keeping hair looking healthy and maintaining a glowing complexion.
The key age-fighting component within tomatoes is a pigment called lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red hue. Lycopene is quickly incorporated into the skin and has been found to be extraordinarily efficient at neutralizing free radicals created by the sun’s UV rays, which can help stall the aging process and even improve collagen production.
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