Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods that Keep You Young & Beautiful
With age comes wisdom, and as most women reach their 40’s, health priorities take the foreground. Gone are the days of being drunk and carefree, instead real life (kids, careers, relationships) takes over. Indeed it is still possible to be wise and still remain youthful. So instead of investing in expensive anti-aging creams, you could also decide to just ‘eat yourself young and beautiful’ – although, yes those creams do make you feel rather special, let’s admit it.
In addition to all the yummy ‘food villains’ (cream donuts, for example) that only make things worse for your diet, thankfully, there is also a whole host of amazing ‘food heroes.’ These powerful foods not only help to strengthen, protect and preserve your body, they also ensure young and beautiful skin. Let’s take a closer look at some of these healthier, youthful options.
Throw your bag of chips in the corner! Pomegranate seeds are just as tasty and crunchy. And by the way, a real elixir of beauty. Vitamin C and antioxidants protect against free radicals and thus prevent annoying wrinkles. Plus, recent studies show that eating pomegranates can even help with UVB damage. Anthocyanins (the plants’ natural sunscreen) also protect our cells and stimulate collagen production.
Tomatoes contain the important antioxidant lycopene, which kills free radicals and ensures better blood circulation in the body. This in turn creates firmer skin. Lycopene also lowers the risk of lung, skin, stomach, bladder and prostate cancer. When buying tomatoes, choose the darker ones because they have a higher proportion of lycopene. The antioxidant can be even better absorbed and processed by the body in tomato strains.
Paprika is truly a vitamin C bomb. It’s always best to select ripe and colorful peppers, this is because the higher the degree of ripeness of the peppers, the greater the vitamin C content becomes. Additionally, it stimulates collagen production – which is actually a major ingredient in those anti-aging creams.
Calcium is important for bone density, which decreases with age. To prevent this, consider consuming more calcium in the form of milk, buttermilk, cheese, quark and yogurt. This strengthens the bone’s construction and substance.
Thanks to vitamin E, almonds keep your brain fit and prevent memory loss and associated dementia issues. The vitamin also protects against UV radiation. The high-quality proteins of the almonds allow the muscles to grow and tighten the skin from the inside.
Carrots, like tomatoes, contain lycopene. In addition, they are also rich in beta-carotene, which strengthens the skin’s own barrier against cell damage caused by the sun. It intercepts the free radicals that are created by the UV rays.
- Olive oil
It is not for nothing that Mediterranean cuisine is considered particularly healthy, because a main component of the delicious dishes is cold-pressed olive oil. In addition to the anti-inflammatory effect, the body’s own sun protection due to the unsaturated fatty acids should not be underestimated. It has also been proven that olive oil can speed wound healing.
Thanks to its content of vitamins A and C as well as fiber, blueberries are the ideal preventive fruit that protects against nearly all diseases – from cancer to heart disease. Their high antioxidant content makes them the perfect protection against the radicals that attack nerve cells. The vitamin C component also supports the collagen build-up in the skin.
Broccoli and other cabbage plants also serve as protection against free radicals. The glucosinolates contained in the vegetables activate detoxification enzymes, with the help of which carcinogenic substances are excreted from the body more quickly.
Yes, greens are healthy, that’s clear. But did you know that two to three servings of leafy lettuce (preferably dark green) can even reduce the risk of skin cancer? In addition, the active ingredient lutein not only helps to strengthen eyesight, but also serves as a moisture booster from the inside and also prevents premature wrinkling.