Updated 10/18/17. It is widely recognized by almost every doctor, skin researcher and health professional on the planet that the key to aging healthily is protecting your cells with antioxidants. This is known as the free radical theory of aging. This theory states that the main reason why we age is that unstable electrons in molecules known as free radicals attack healthy cells and change their composition. These free radicals are very potent toxins that ultimately damage the skin. First, they attach to proteins and other essential molecules, making the molecules unable to function normally, as healthy, younger cells do. This ultimately results in the premature death of the attacked cells. Sounds tragic, right?
Free radicals can come from UVA and UVB rays from the sun, pollution, stress smoking, alcohol, fatty foods and even aerobic repetitive exercise. When exposed to these, the parts of the cell susceptible to damage are DNA, lipids, and proteins. This, then, slows down the production of collagen and elastin, which is essential in keeping the skin firm and preventing wrinkling. This entire process happens beneath our skin every minute of every day, making wrinkles, brown spots and sagging more visible over time.
The good news is that, when applied topically and taken internally, antioxidants found in products (such as stabilized vitamins A, C and E like in Vitamin C&E Treatment and Firm + Repair Overnight Serum) are incredibly effective at slowing the process of visible aging. They’re so effective because antioxidants essentially prevent free radicals from oxidizing molecules. In addition to specially formulated products, vegetables and fruits (always look for darker pigmented ones) are high in antioxidants. When consumed frequently, they’re a natural, inexpensive way to slow the signs of aging from inside out.
The Best Antioxidant Foods For Your Skin
These great little packages of green contain something called glutathione, one of the body’s master antioxidants.
Enjoy any kind or color! Berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They, of course, also contain antioxidants to slow down the aging process.
3. Sweet Potatoes
A nutritional all-star, the sweet potato contains vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and carotenoids.
Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and carotenoids. This vegetable also has possible anti-cancer potential.
Dark-skinned grapes are especially good for us; they provide more than 20 kinds of antioxidants. This means that raisins and red wine are also filled with antioxidants (cheers!).
6. Citrus Fruits
Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are all are loaded with vitamin C, our primary defense in the battle against Father Time.
Have spinach in a salad, or braise it with garlic. Specific carotenoids in spinach help to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
8. Carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables
These selections contain the entire carotenoid family to supply our bodies with good protection against aging.
A one-quarter section of this delicious melon supplies as much vitamins A and C as most people need in an entire day.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to fight against certain types of cancer. It also helps with memory retention.
Eat up, beauties!!!
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