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Aging Well: Wrinkle Fighting Foods

by Kimberly Hays August 31st, 2018 | Aging Well
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folicWe try to eat well to keep our bodies healthy as we age, and we also want to look as youthful on the outside as we feel on the inside. Although wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process that are influenced by genetics, and other factors like smoking and sun exposure, we can still fight wrinkles by eating the right foods. The Mayo Clinic states that a healthy diet that is rich in particular vitamins and nutrients can help decrease wrinkles. Many of these foods are probably already part of your healthy diet, but an increase in the amount you eat may have a big impact on your skin.

Foods High in Vitamin C – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released a study where they examined the nutrient intake in women between the ages of 40 and 74. They found that those who consumed a lot of vitamin C showed fewer wrinkles. Foods like one red bell pepper, ¾ cup of orange juice, or one serving of other citrus fruits daily will give you more than the suggested daily amount of vitamin C.

Whole Grains – Whole grains are full of nutrients and also provide healthy dietary fiber. Diets rich in whole grains are also associated with healthy skin because the refined carbohydrates that we most often find in breads and cereals are unhealthy for your skin. When buying pasta, bread, cereals, and snacks, opt for whole grain products instead of the enriched counterparts.

Nuts – Walnuts and almonds top the list in the best nuts to eat for wrinkle free skin. Walnuts, as well as walnut oil, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that help in keeping elasticity in the skin. Almonds are rich in vitamin E which is also essential in keeping elasticity. Sprinkle these nuts on salads, eat as nut butter spread toast, or just have for a handful for a snack.

Legumes – Beans, like lentils, and peas are high in phytonutrients that defend against hormone fluctuations, as well as increase collagen production for wrinkle free skin. With over 400 varieties of beans alone, you are sure to find a variety that you like. Think outside the box and use legumes in wraps, salsas, on sandwiches, or toss some in your morning omelet.

Leafy Greens – Leafy greens are chock full of iron and other nutrients. They are also high in antioxidants that help protect the skin, as well as help to get rid of free radicals your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. Kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and broccoli are all excellent choices, as they are the leafy greens that are available everywhere and are very easy to incorporate in many kinds of dishes.

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