We can’t stop the aging process, but we can slow it down by choosing foods that can help delay and minimize the effects of aging!
Berries, cherries, pomegranates
Rich in antioxidants, research shows these anti-aging gems prevent collagen destruction and inflammatory responses that contribute to wrinkles. Also, these fruits are high in vitamin C, which according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is associated with fewer wrinkles and less skin dryness.
Olive oil and olives
No doubt you’ve heard that the oil in olives is good for your heart, but did you know that olive oil also has great anti-aging benefits? In addition to moisturizing the skin, olive oil is also rich in antioxidants including vitamin E that help protect the body from free radical damage that causes aging.
Carrots, peaches, apricots
These foods are a great source of vitamin A produced from beta-carotene that promotes healthy cell growth, helps prevent dry, flaky skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.
Eating lycopene-rich tomatoes can help boost production of pro-collagen, a protein that maintains healthy skin structure. Studies have shown that a diet rich in cooked tomatoes can help prevent skin damage from UV rays by as much as 30 percent.
Fatty fish such as wild salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory nutrient that also helps moisturize the skin and give it a healthy glow. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that elderly people who had eaten more fish and veggies over their lifetime had fewer wrinkles.
Tip: Opt for wild salmon instead of farm-raised because wild contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which helps protect skin from sun damage that leads to wrinkles and sagging.
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Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian in New York City and the author of two bestselling diet books: The F-Factor Diet and The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with Fiber.