Anti-Ageing Foods

Anti-ageing Foods

There are many products available all claiming they can help you look younger, but one thing is for certain there are certain foods, anti-ageing food, that can help slow down the signs of ageing.

The following are some types of anti-ageing food and drinks that can help the anti-ageing process and keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Olive Oil

It is well known that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest and is also famous for boosting your lifespan. A major part of the Mediterranean diet is the use of Olive oil, which is a good source of monosaturated fats that helps boost skin firmness and elasticity. Studies have shown it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, eases inflammation and lowers blood pressure in addition to reducing ageing within the body.

Oily Fish

Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and helps fight heart disease, inflammation. It has other benefits for the body and acts like an internal moisturiser. Eating oily fish is beneficial for those with dry skin. Moreover, women who are heading towards the menopause, it is especially helpful.

Salmon also contains a particular antioxidant called astaxanthin, known for supporting cellular health. Studies have shown that astaxanthin protects the skin from the effects of the sun and improves skin elasticity, maintain hydration and reduces age spots.

Green tea

Green tea is beneficial on so many levels thanks to its high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants protects against free radicals and helps you to feel stronger and healthier. Green tea also contains high levels of polyphenols which offers protection from diabetes, inflammation and heart disease. Polyphenols also help to slow down the signs of ageing.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates protects the skin from the effects of the sun and is thought to prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. Studies have also shown that this fruit can repair damaged skin and boost collagen levels giving your skin a healthy glow.

Dark Chocolate

When it comes to dark chocolate, you are looking at chocolate with 85% or more cacao solids. Dark chocolate contains anti-ageing antioxidants and some studies have shown that flavanols in the chocolate provides protection from sun damage, stimulates blood flow, boosts skin hydration and increases suppleness.

To achieve maximum benefits from eating dark chocolate, research has shown that just 30-60g (one square) a day will improve heart health and lower blood pressure.

A recent study has shown that daily dark chocolate consumption can reduce your risk of a stroke or heart attack by nearly 40%. There are also indications it can help reduce stress, prevent inflammation and improve memory.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of Vitamin E, which improves dry skin and reduces wrinkles. It is also rich in omega 3, and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, hence being known as a brain food.

Watermelon

Watermelons are mostly water – 92%! This high level of water content helps to keep the skin and body hydrated. This is important as it helps to boost skin elasticity and keeps the skin supple. Watermelon also supports collagen production.

Also found in watermelon is the antioxidant lycopene which protects the skin from sun damage and Vitamins A, Cand E, all known to promote skin health.

Avocado

Avocados contains a unique blend of healthy fats, fibre and potassium that helps nourish the skin, and helps tired and aching joints. The healthy fats also support hormonal health.

Collagen

Collagen is a protein and is found in abundance in the body. Its role is to boost the elasticity of the skin, protect organs and support joint health.
Collagen levels start to fall after the age of 25, when fine lines and wrinkles can start. Dietary collagen can replenish some of the declining collagen levels and help you feel fitter and stronger. Your skin will also look better.

Ways to add collagen in your diet include eating chicken, nuts, egg whites and beans, or you can take a daily supplement that has 10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen.

Leafy greens

Leafy greens such as chard, kale and spinach are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, but are low in calories. The fibre helps to detoxify the body and eliminate waste, while Vitamins A and K supports healthy hair growth.

An example of leafy greens is Spinach which contains the antioxidant beta carotene, chlorophyll, potassium, fibre and folate.

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