We all know that our bodies need nutrients in order to thrive. Well, today we discuss how these nutrients can help slow down the ageing process and what foods you can find them in.
Antioxidants: These bad boys fight free radicals which cause wrinkles. Learn to love them. They can be found in many different foods, but especially in raspberries, blueberries, green tea and pomegranates (which also contain ellagic acid that reduces collagen break down).
B-Vitamins: These vitamins are vital for cell energy and metabolism. It also increases skins ability to retain moisture. Some foods with B vitamins are mushrooms and green tea.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: They reduce inflammation and strengthen skin cell membranes (the cell walls are plumped up). They can calm down chronic skin issues like psoriasis. Again, you can find these in many foods but they are high in fatty fish, almonds and olive oil.
Carotenoids: These prevent collagen from breaking down, improve skin elasticity and give you radiant skin. They sound lovely, don’t they? They’re basically in pumpkin, carrots, and other orange or yellow fruits or veggies.
Selenium: This mineral repairs cell damage and slows down ageing process. Another benefit is that it helps protects your skin from further UV damage. Brazil nuts and seafood are good sources of selenium.
Vitamin E: Another great antioxidant that also works to retain skin moisture. Avocados, almonds, sweet potato and spinach are great sources of vitamin E.
Vitamin C: A well-known vitamin that helps fight against wrinkles caused by sun damage. It also helps develops collagen and improves firmness of the skin. It’s in many citric fruits like oranges as well as apples and brussel sprouts.
Vitamin A: Its yet another antioxidant that reduces oxidation caused by free radicals. It also increases cell turnover. You will find it in broccoli, carrots, kale and sweet potatoes.
Now, there are other nutrients out there that will help fight the ageing process. This is just a simple list to help your understanding of how foods can help your skin as you age. Hopefully we’ve given you some idea of what to look out for the next time you’re grocery shopping.