Did you know you can eat your way to younger looking skin? Fresh fruits and vegetables is where it’s at, and the darker and more vibrant they are, the more chance they’re packed with all the antioxidant goodness your skin craves. Vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene and lycopene are just to name a few, and are all essential in helping our bodies fight those damaging free radicals and reverse the visible signs of aging.
TOP 5 ANTI-AGING FOODS
It’s hard to believe what these tiny blue beads of goodness can do for your skin. Don’t be fooled by their miniature size, folks. One single blueberry is jam-packed with anthocyanins – a potent antioxidant that helps promote cell rejuvenation and can even protect against cancer and heart disease.
“Though I am a fan of all berries, my all-time favorite has to be blueberries because they truly are a super food – with one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants and phytochemicals in the entire fruit and vegetable kingdom”, says Dr Frank Lipman, renowned Voice of Sustainable Wellness. So freeze up a bowl of these little violet-blue gems for a healthy snack, or throw a handful into your morning cereal, and you’ll be on your way to clearer, firmer and more youthful looking skin!
Check out this exquisite blueberry and kale salad that we simply adore! Blueberries AND kale??? Your skin (not to mention your taste buds) will be in for a super-nourishing treat!
The oh-so-humble orange. Peel ‘em, slice ‘em or juice ‘em…. no matter how you like your oranges, you should know they’re loaded with as many as 170 phytochemicals and antioxidants, making them one of the healthiest anti-aging foods known to mankind! Oranges are also loaded with hesperetin and narigenin – two mighty flavonoids that can help fight free radicals that cause healthy skin-cells to degenerate over time. What’s more, if you’ve ever been in the market for collagen injections, you might also like to know that oranges are crammed with skin-firming collagen! “Cellular renewal takes place within deeper dermal layers, having many experts believe a nutritional approach will provide the best results for healthy skin aging,” says beauty nutritionist, Paula Simpson. Juicy, sweet AND packed with a boat-load of skin-preserving antioxidants? What’s not to love about oranges!
Check out this this spiced orange salad with red onions and olives for a deliciously juicy and vitamin-packed lunch!
3. GREEN TEA
Consumed in the Far East for thousands of years to promote overall health and longevity, green tea is now also deemed the Wonder Drink of the West for its miraculous anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. This delicate brew attributes its age-defying super powers to a potent concentration of catechin polyphenols – a disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that scavenges our bodies for harmful free radicals, one of the main causes of premature aging.
Dr Andrew Weil, world-renowned nutritionist claims, “green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume….” Now that’s saying something! So toss out your morning coffee and banish sodas all together – and start sipping on this age-defying wonder drink. Any amount is a good amount, however, experts recommend three cups a day for you body to receive the full benefits. Be mindful too that green tea leaves are much more delicate than their black counterparts, and are best steeped at 160 degrees Fahrenheit and for no longer than 4 minutes.
Conquer hot summer days with this delicious, thirst-quenching brew of green tea, lemon juice, mint and honey!
4. LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES
Time to face facts – Moms are ALWAYS right! They’ve always told us to eat our vegetables and now leading nutritionist and doctors around the world are backing her up! Whether it’s kale, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, arugula, watercress or bok choy…. green leafy vegetables are a powerhouse of phytonutrients, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals that nourish the body with powerful antioxidants to fight off those nasty age-accelerating free radicals. Green vegetables are also bursting with vitamin C that is known to increase collagen production in the skin, and thereby reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also powerful in helping the body fight the damaging effects of pollution and the sun, which we all know can cause havoc with our skin. So even if you don’t want to listen to us – listen to your Mom! And eat up those veggies for a smoother, more radiant and youthful complexion.
Check out this irresistible kale salad with carrots, edamame and avocado (another anti-aging super food!) Mom will be bursting with pride!
“A glass of pomegranate juice a day keeps the wrinkles away”. Nope – I’m sure nobody’s heard that one before! That’s because pomegranates have not been on the anti-aging scene for very long (which is surprising as it’s one of the world’s earliest known fruits).
However, recent research has shown that these ruby red gems pack a powerful punch in the antioxidant department. Loaded with polyphenols, namely tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid, pomegranates can help the skin produce elastin and collagen, thereby reducing the visible signs of aging. Chock-full of vitamins A, C, E and folate acid, one study even suggests that a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea and blueberries! Looks like RED wins the anti-aging color contest! So get cracking on some pomegranate skins, and let those sweet juicy arils work their age-defying magic.
Pomegranates also pair deliciously well with chicken, as we found out with this mouth-watering Pomegranate Roasted Chicken! Bon Appetite!