Glowing and beautiful skin starts with how you eat, but these anti-aging foods can help with more than that.
7 Best Anti-Aging Foods:
Avocados are filled with a healthy type of fat known as monounsaturated fat, which helps your skin to stay hydrated. Also, this same healthy fat can help you absorb some nutrients and vitamins that your skin needs.
You can try replacing mayo and high-fat salad dressings with avocado. Avocado can give you lots of texture and flavor, and you do not need much to feel satisfied,” according to dietitian Elisa Zied, author of Younger Next Week.
Blueberries contain more antioxidants as compared to almost any other food. They can give your skin extra protection against the skin-damaginglue free radicals that result from emotional stress, sun exposure, and even overexercising (especially running).
You can serve yourself 1/2 cup every day to help to prevent the cell-structure damage that can lead to fine lines, loss of firmness, and wrinkles.
Broccoli is an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory, powerhouse loaded with vitamins C and K, fiber, a variety of antioxidants, folate, calcium and lutein. Your body needs vitamin C for the production of collagen, which is the main protein in skin that gives it elasticity and strength.
You can consume broccoli raw for a quick snack, but, if you have the time, steam before eating. From charred bites into pesto sauces, cooking broccoli helps release more health benefits for your body.
4. Green Tea
According to Dr. Jaliman, green tea contains catechins, which is one of the most effective compounds for preventing sun damage such as hyperpigmentation, and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight free-radical damage, and may help reverse the effects of aging.
You can take 1 cup daily to see results in as little as a month.
Salmon is one of the best ways to get healthy omega-3 fats into your diet. Some studies suggested that omega-3s, especially from fish, may help in keeping skin cancer cells from spreading and growing.
Aim for at least 2, 3-ounce servings of fish weekly. Enjoy it grilled with a whole-grain side dish such as barley salad or brown rice.
6. Sweet Potatoes
The orange color of the sweet potato comes from an antioxidant known as beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A may help to promote skin cell turnover, restore skin elasticity, and also contribute to soft, youthful-looking skin.
Also, sweet potato is a great source of vitamins C and E, both of which may keep our complexion radiant and protect your skin from harmful free radicals.
According to New York dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules, “I recommend complex carbohydrates such as oats because they are low-glycemic”.
By “low-glycemic,” this means foods that do not spike your blood sugar including refined breads, pasta and rice. “High-glycemic foods are known to cause wrinkles and acne.
Also, oats have a natural plant chemical that helps in preventing damage to skin cells, and soothes skin irritation.