5 Super Foods That Reduce Wrinkles

5 Super Foods That Reduce Wrinkles

It is inevitable that you will begin forming facial wrinkles as you age, however there are some things you can do to keep them at bay as long as possible.

Foods rich in antioxidants have been shown to offset the potential damage free radicals can cause to your skin’s elastic tissue and healthy collagen levels.

A combined Australian study published in the Journal of  the American College of Nutrition titled, ‘Skin Wrinkling, Can Food Make A Difference?’ concluded that,

“This study illustrates that skin wrinkling in a sun-exposed site in older people of various ethnic backgrounds may be influenced by the types of foods consumed.”

Always check with your doctor when changing your diet to make sure there are no contraindications with your current health history and condition.

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Below are 5 super foods that reduce wrinkles according to a variety of professional dermatologist findings and various studies.

Blueberries (and the like)

All it takes is a handful or two of blueberries per day to get powerful skin fighting polyphenols. These are antioxidants capable of scavenging free radicals like nobody’s business.

Blueberries (and many other berries) also contain flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins and probiotics which, along with their antioxidants, have shown cell regeneration capability.

Note: Berries are vulnerable fruits when it comes to harboring pesticide residue, do your best to purchase organic berries whenever possible.

Kale (and the like)

Kale has been touted as one of the major ‘super foods’ of our time. On the top echelon of many dark leafy greens, kale and others contain the antioxidant, lutein. This component alone is so powerful it has been connected to preventing and fighting a laundry list of human ailments.

Fresh greens, like kale, are loaded with iron which fires healing oxygen to the skin. Then there’s Vitamin A which assists in slowing the results of aging, a huge player in anti-wrinkle products.

Just two half cups of fresh, raw, cleaned kale or the like (spinach, collards, chard, arugula, broccoli) is all you need to stave off wrinkles and more.

Yerba Mate’ (Mah-tay)

Yerba mate′ is a tea derived from the holly plant indigenous to Paraguay, Argentina, Southern Brazil, and Uruguay.  Technically named ilex paraguariensis, it is considered by some to offer a more potent antioxidant delivery than green tea.

“According to a 2005 study from the Department of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Yerba mate′ has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help treat skin disorders like psoriasis. It also contains caffeine, which has been touted for its power to decrease puffy skin and even improve the appearance of cellulite.” (Natural Health)

Note: As mentioned above, Yerba mate′ contains caffeine.

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Red Peppers, Tomatoes and more

Colorful vegetables often mean colorful results. Red bell peppers and other red and dark orange veggies contain Vitamins A and E along with bioflavonoids which act as ‘internal moisturizers’ and powerful healing agents.

redpepperThese are also high in Vitamin C which have excellent age reversing effects.

“A 2007 study published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,’  reported that Vitamin C helps build collagen, provides protection from the sun and acts as an antioxidant.” (Livestrong)

Another red vegetable includes tomatoes (especially when they are cooked or used in paste form) which are rich in the skin enhancing carotenoid lutein (just like Kale).

Reach for two or more half cup servings per day of red or orange bell peppers, carrots, beets, and other similarly colored veggies for their wrinkle freeing effects.

Omega-3’s

Yup, here they are again. Omega-3’s have gained rapid notoriety regarding their multitude of health benefits. For skin, they have been linked to reducing inflammation and enhancing lubrication.

Sources of omega-3’s include cold water fish like salmon, flaxseeds, enriched eggs, edamame, and walnuts. A three ounce serving a least three times per week can be a skin rejuvenating experience.

These 5 super foods that reduce wrinkles are a great way to keep ‘Father Time’ as far away from your face as possible.

In addition, avoid sugar, smoking and alcohol; wear protective gear such as a hat, sunglasses and appropriate sunscreen; and drink plenty of water to avoid facial skin wrinkles and puffiness.

In addition to these superfoods, you should also use a good skincare product that contains retinol to keep your most youthful appearance.

 

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