Here are some anti-aging foods to try and include in your meals and snacks:
Colorful berries. The antioxidant anthocyanin is what gives berries their blue, red, and purple colors. To get a healthy dose of this potent antioxidant, eat plenty of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pomegranate, cherries, acai berries, and blood oranges, to name a few of the best choices. Each of these foods has a variety of other powerful antioxidants that repair and protect your skin’s cells.
Dark chocolate-This is rich in supernutrients epicatechin and catechin. When experts gave women a cocoa drink extra-rich in these things for three months their skin quality improved, showing better hydration and reduced roughness and scaling.
Red peppers & Spinach. -In Italy, researchers have shown that having 10mg of the yellow pigment lutein, which is found naturally in red peppers, can improve our skin’s elasticity. In theory, this makes it less prone to fine lines and wrinkles by giving additional antioxidant capacity to your skin and enhancing skin hydration. Aiming to have one lutein-rich food a day may help to slow down skin aging.
Kale– Just one 80g portion of kale gives 17mg of lutein! Some find it hard to enjoy eating kale. Try this recipe for Baked Kale Chips, it’s a real winner-even with the kids!
Tomatoes- These are bursting with their own special red pigment, lycopene. When people were given 40mg of tomato paste daily, which provides 16mg of lycopene – skin showed a definite reduction in redness triggered by the sun’s UV rays.
Carrots-Contain orange pigment beta carotene, which scientists believe can help to protect against sun damage. The supernutrient is also found in mangoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins.
Wild salmon- All wild oily fishes such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies give us omega-3 oils. These essential fats may be especially helpful for anyone who suffers from dry, red and itchy skin due to conditions such as psoriasis. Fish is also a great source of collagen-producing protein.
Prawns- These give us copper, needed to make melanin – the natural dark pigment that helps to protect us against sun damage. It is also needed for collagen and for elastin which allows our skin to stretch and ping back into place without leaving any lines.
Fuji pears — or Asian pears – were used by Chinese courtesans to get rid of dark circles under the eyes,” says Dr. Mao. Fuji pears are chock full of vitamin C and copper, which can help protect the delicate skin around the eye from free radical damage. Dr. Mao suggests adding a tablespoon of honey to a peeled, cored pear and then steaming for 15 minutes. Not only is it a delicious dessert, but the copper in the pear contains superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that helps mop up free radicals that enter the body via air pollution, says Dr. Mao.
Jicama is a crisp root vegetable that can help fight crow’s feet by boosting collagen and fighting wrinkles. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C. Try it either raw or cooked.
Garlic. Allium is an antioxidant that packs a punch. Garlic, onions, and scallions are loaded with this free-radical fighter that is good for your skin and your immune system. Black garlic helps to repair age-damaged skin. Uniquely colored due to its fermentation process, black garlic contains double the antioxidants as regular garlic and can be eaten raw. It strengthens and restores skin cells damaged by the aging process. Use it in place of regular garlic in most recipes.
Sunflower Seed Butter works to unclog your arteries. It’s rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids including one that lowers your cholesterol. Try it instead of peanut butter.
Broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Quercetin is another powerful antioxidant that is found in broccoli, along with other foods including cranberries, onions, and apples. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well, fighting the No. 2 cause of aging. Broccoli sprouts have 30 times more isothiocyanates (yet another antioxidant) than regular broccoli.
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