Try These Foods to Fight Wrinkles
Although research on how foods affect the skin is still in its infancy, much is known about what types of foods can keep your skin plumper and more radiant and foods that fight wrinkles. What you put into your body affects not only the inside, but also the outside health and appearance of your skin.
You’ve most likely heard about the positive effects of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that can protect your cells against the effects of free radicals—another type of molecule that can attack healthy cells in the body. Another common term you’ve probably encountered in any discussion of healthy, younger-looking skin is collagen. Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue and is responsible for the strength, flexibility and elasticity of the connective tissue of the skin. As we age, collagen production decreases, causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
According to the USDA, blueberries have 40% more antioxidant capacity than strawberries and are also high in vitamin C, which strengthens collagen formation, thus reducing the signs of aging.
Web MD lists the following foods as having the highest content of antioxidants: all types of berries, turkey, kidney beans, pinto beans, artichokes and apples. In addition, whole-grain foods have significantly more antioxidants than processed grains.
Dark leafy greens like kale, collards and spinach are extremely low in calories and particularly high in nutrients. Many of these nutrients promote healthy skin, like vitamin C which promotes collagen production. These veggies are also high in zinc, known to help break down damaged collagen, which makes room for new collagen to form and smoothes surface lines in the skin. Greens also contain lutein, which balances the lipids in the skin, increasing hydration and elasticity.
Fish (especially salmon), walnuts, and flax seed oil are some of the best sources of the essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega-3 and Omega-6. Our bodies do not produce EFAs, so we only get them from the foods we eat. These fats help to produce the skin’s oil barrier, which keeps it hydrated and plumper; Omega-3 in particular nourishes dry skin and hair and repair fragile nails.
Tomatoes contain a potent plant chemical called lycopene. Research has shown that lycopene reduces skin cell damage and redness.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which has been shown to prevent cell damage from free radicals.
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