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35 Best Anti-Aging Foods For Younger-looking Skin


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Several things get better with age. For example, cheddar cheese and the unbelievably rich flavor of the wine. But unfortunately, it’s not the same with your skin. As you grow old, your skin cells start to break down. You won’t believe it, but the first signs of aging start appearing from your mid-20s! Although you cannot reverse the aging process, luckily, you can slow it down and keep your skin young-looking for long. How? Through Nature’s best-kept secrets. And here, I have shared all those secrets with you. Read on to know all about the best anti-aging foods out there.

Essential Nutrients That Keep You, Young

Fresh and healthy food contains vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that keep your cells active and prevent many age-related diseases. These nutrients fight the harmful free radicals that damage your skin, thus reducing the signs of aging drastically. The essential nutrients include:

  • Amino Acids: Stimulate elastin and collagen production, giving the skin a wrinkle-free and smooth appearance.

  • Carotenoids (Retinol, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A): Fight the harmful free radicals. A study found that people with a high level of carotenoids (antioxidants) in their system had younger-looking skin.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: They have anti-inflammatory properties, and their supplements have shown to slow down the aging process.

  • Polyphenols: The consumption of polyphenols protects you from UV damage. They are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents and have anti-DNA damage effects.

  • Vitamin D: This vitamin protects your skin cells from damage due to UV exposure, prevents skin infections, and has an anti-aging effect.
  • Selenium: It boosts the antioxidant defenses of your skin, protects the skin cells from UV damage, and has anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Vitamin C: It protects your skin against pollution and other environmental effects, boosts collagen production, and exhibits antioxidant properties.

  • Vitamin E: It protects your skin from oxidative stress, thus preventing long-term damages such as wrinkles, edema, erythema, and thickening of the skin.
  • Flavonoids: They prevent oxidative stress, thus preventing the signs of aging.

  • Green Tea Polyphenols: The topical application or consumption of green tea polyphenols prevents damage due to UV rays and chemical carcinogens. The tea has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent antioxidant depletion on your skin.

You will find all these anti-aging nutrients and vitamins in certain food items. Here’s the list of top anti-aging foods for younger-looking skin.

Fruits

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids such as myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol. These are rich sources of vitamins C and K and other nutrients that have an anti-aging effect and prevent cell damage.

How To Have It?

Add fresh blueberries to your smoothies to get its full benefits.

2. Avocado

Avocado is one of the anti-aging foods with immense health benefits. It is rich in potassium, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and antioxidants that fight the effects of aging. Moreover, it’s good for your overall health.

How To Have It?

You can mash avocados and use it as a spread for your toast or simply slice it and add to your daily salad.

3. Pomegranates

The ruby-red seeds of pomegranate contain important compounds such as vitamins C, D, E, and K along with selenium, magnesium, and proteins. All these compounds have an anti-aging effect and help your body fight diseases and the signs of aging.

How To Have It?

Add pomegranate to your smoothies and salads for that extra crunch or you can eat it as it is.

4. Watermelon

These juicy red fruits are a powerhouse of essential micronutrients. They are loaded with phenolic compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They boost cellular metabolism and cell revival, preventing oxidative stress and slowing down the aging process.

How To Have It?

Who doesn’t love strawberries! Strawberry in your salads, smoothies, tarts, and cake toppings – there is no dearth of choices.

8. Lemons

Lemons and limes are excellent sources of vitamin C that helps in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that protects your skin from the effects of free radicals. They also contain flavonoids that are good for the skin.

How To Have It?

When life gives you lemons, you can make lemon juice, lemon tarts, sprinkle it on your salads or grills, or just add to your fresh fruit bowl for an extra zing.

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