You are what you eat, and some foods can even slow down the aging process.
7 powerful anti-aging foods
Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fat which hydrates skin. These healthy fats help the body absorb more essential nutrients from the food you eat, thus making your skin glow.
Replace your regular mayo and high-fat salad dressings with avocado. Avocados will give your salad a nice texture and rich flavor. You don’t have to eat too many avocados to feel full, as noted by dietitian Elisa Zied, author of Younger Next Week.
Blueberries are the richest source of antioxidants when compared to any other food. They prevent damage caused by free radicals and neutralize stress, sun exposure and overexercising.
Eat half a cup of blueberries to protect cells and prevent the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.
Broccoli provides great anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effect. It’s packed with vitamins C and K, and provide enough fiber, antioxidants, folate, calcium and lutein.
Vitamin C is vital for the production of collagen, the protein that gives your skin elasticity and firmness.
Eat your broccoli raw or try steaming it. Cooking actually stimulates the release of nutrients, so don’t forget to give your veggie some attention. It works well in pesto, too.
4. Green tea
Dr. Jaliman explains that catechins in green tea are some of the most effective compounds when it comes to preventing sun damage such as hyperpigmentation. Polyphenols in green tea fight free radicals and even reverse the aging process.
Drink a cup of green tea every day, and you will notice the first results within a month.
Salmon is one of the richest sources of healthy omega-3 fats. Studies have found that these fats inhibit cancer growth.
Eat at least 2-3 servings of salmon each week. Grill it, and add a whole grain as side dish. Have you ever tried barley salad or brown rice with your salmon?
6. Sweet potatoes
Beta-carotene gives sweet potatoes their orange color. Your body converts this antioxidant in vitamin A. This vitamin provides skin cell turnover, and restores the elasticity of your skin, making it soft and healthy.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins C and E. These vitamins make your skin radiant and prevent free radical damage.
New York-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules, explains that complex carbohydrates are great because of their low-glycemic index. She recommends oats.
Low-glycemic foods do not cause spikes in blood sugar. High-glycemic foods give you wrinkles and acne.
Oats contain a natural plant chemical that prevents cellular damage and soothes irritated skin.