Consider these foods your anti-aging staples. As a rule, fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids and carotenoids, two powerful plant-based antioxidants, will remove the free radicals from your skin and body that cause you to age prematurely. A well-balanced diet can help you lose weight, live longer and feel fitter. But it can also help you look younger. Forget the fountain of youth. Load up a plate at the feel-better buffet and turn back the clock on a full (and happy) stomach.
- Blueberries – One serving of this superfood provides more antioxidant activity than most fruits and veggies. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles.
- Beans – They are high in protein, promote hair growth and help thicken hair cells by making the fibers stronger.
- Cranberry Juice – This fruit juice disrupts the formation of plague and thereby prevents yellowing of teeth. The flavonoids in cranberry juice also counteract the damaging effects of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Be careful that you aren’t drinking a sugar-laden cranberry juice cocktail.
- Blood Orange – A bit more exotic than a traditional orange, blood oranges contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and UV rays.
- Carrots – This vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin A. The nutrient is essential to a healthy scalp and youthful-looking, shiny hair.
- Brazil Nuts – Selenium, a powerful mineral that aids in the production of the antioxidant glutathione can be found in brazil nuts. This mineral repairs cell damage and slows down the skin’s aging process. Just 2 nuts a day will help you stop the aging process in its tracks.
- Dark Chocolate – This decadent treat will help curb your sweet tooth and is rich in flavonoids.
- Red Wine -Heart healthy red wine, made with the dark skin and seeds of grapes, is rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that includes resveratrol. If you don’t drink alcohol, opt for grape juice or a resveratrol supplement available at your drug store for about $25.
- Cod – Fish can be great for your health, but cod is especially good for it’s anti-aging properties. It contains selenium which safeguards your skin from sun damage and cancer.
- Low Fat Cottage Cheese – Cheese isn’t always off limits! Lowfat cottage cheese is full of protein, and also promotes hair health (since hair is mostly protein). Just be wary of high sodium levels when incorporating this into your diet.
- Cucumbers – This salad favorite is great for the skin. The silica in the peel helps reduce wrinkles and boost collagen. Buy them unwaxed if possible.
- Kelp – This natural, sea dwelling plant contains vitamins C and E, which protect fats in the skin’s moisture barrier from free-radical damage.
- Eggs –Your favorite breakfast food just got a little bit better! Eggs are rich in iron and biotin, which help keep your skin and hair healthy and full.
- Guava – This exotic fruit is packed with vitamin C which boosts collagen production to smooth skin. Two cups of guava per week is the perfect dose of this anti-aging powerhouse.
- Tomatoes – Tomatos provide lycopene, which helps prevent heart disease, elevated cholesterol and cancer. Lycopene acts as natural sun block, preventing the UV damage that causes sun spots, dryness and wrinkles. Remember to cook tomatoes for the maximum anti-aging effect.
- Lean Beef – Lean beef is full of iron. Iron deficiency can cause nail beds to be thin and concave.
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