We've heard the saying "you are what you eat" and that it's possible to eat yourself healthy/sexy/fit (insert desired goal here), but can we eat against the inevitability of time?
Can we consume certain foods and their properties with the intention of protecting our skin from free radical molecules? They're those pesky elements that cause ageing, by damaging our healthy cells by depleting them of oxygen and breaking down the skin's collagen, which is essential for supple and 'youth' exuding skin.
In a word, yes. Sure, there are other factors to take into consideration, too (e.g sun screen and lifestyle choices), but research shows we can utilise our diet to fight those fine lines that appear so silently on our faces, and then seem to get deeper, stubborn and more pronounced as the years tick over.
Read on for six age-busting consumables and learn what it is that's within that helps fight the wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
That their skin always look so smooth is a sure sign there's something good going on inside. They're loaded with vitamin C, that assists in building collagen, of which, makes your skin firm and plump. They're also UV ray fighting owing to the lycopene within. The Mayo Clinic notes that correlation between a high intake of lypocene containing foods and a reduced incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin C levels aside, you better throw another handful in your breakfast bowl, because they're loaded with Ellagic acid - a powerful type of antioxidant phytochemical, proven to alleviate skin wrinkles and inflammation, particularly when it comes from UV lights (you can read the study here).
This omega-3, protein, and calcium rich fish is proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. So much so, that Madonna (arguably queen of anti-aging) in 2009 embarked on a 'Salmon Retox' a program designed to shave 12 years off her appearance. Why so? Salmon, particularly when wild caught, contains carotenoids and astaxanthin, which contain important and incredibly strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Carotenoids are critical to the photosynthetic process and protect plants and organism from the damage of light and oxygen, while Astaxanthin, exhibits very strong free radical activity and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage. Interestingly, it's what gives salmon the strength and endurance to swim up streams and waterfalls. They get their source from algae, that's then passed on to us… well you are what you eat.
Packed with fats that are good for the skin, but also, much gluthatione, which is pretty incredible for a number of reasons, but is incredibly anti-ageing and helps not only guard against wrinkles but also acne. It also helps to flush toxins from the system, vital for a detox orientated eating plan.
'The brighter the better', with purple coloured foods regarded are the best source of antioxidants. What's more, it's anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamins A,C and E, which help to lower your cortisol levels. When cortisol levels increase, it causes the skin to break down faster, and wrinkles appear.
Yes, we know it's not a food, but have a cup everyday because not only does it contain loads of antioxidant power, it contains the chemical Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG has demonstrated in many studies it helps cells grow properly, and with their grown and regeneration vital to youthful looking skin, you best drink up!
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