Your Skin Rx: 7 Foods that Fight Aging

Your Skin Rx: 7 Foods that Fight Aging

Your Skin Rx: 7 Foods that Fight Aging

Nourish your skin from the inside out with these superfoods. The nutrients found in these delicious edibles can improve your complexion, prevent breakouts and hydrate.

1) Dark Chocolate

We had to put this one right at the top of the list! Dark chocolate contains flavonols, powerful antioxidants that reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. Go for at least 70% cacao, as this has the highest levels of flavonols. Just a few ounces a day are all you need. 

2) Carrots

Carrots are loaded with vitamin A which helps maintain not only your eye health, but also prevents breakouts and reduces the development of skin cancer cells. Munch on a half cup of baby carrots every day for optimal vitamin A intake.

3) Green Tea

This bionic brew releases catechins, a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Drink it hot, as the antioxidants start to degrade when it cools. Two to six cups a day can help prevent skin cancer and may reverse the effects of sun damage.

4) Spinach

In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who at the most leafy greens had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who at the least. The folate in spinach is thought to help repair and maintain DNA, bolstering the cells’ ability to renew.

5) Sweet Potatoes

These spuds are loaded with vitamin C which is essential to collagen production and smoothing wrinkles. In a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volunteers who consumed about 4 milligrams of C (about half a small sweet potato) daily for three years decreased the appearance of wrinkles by 11 percent.

6) Tomatoes

Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes this plump fruit bright red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by UV rays. Just a half a cup has 16 milligrams of lycopene along with regular sunscreen usage should help your skin maintain optimal health.

7) Fish

Tuna is rich in selenium that helps preserve elastin, the protein that helps your skin stay smooth and tight. The antioxidant also helps buffer against free radicals damaging the cells. Salmon has Omega-3 fatty acids and a host of other vitamins and nutrients (B3, B6, B12, D, protein, iodine, choline, selenium, phosphorus and selenium) that make it one of the healthiest foods around. 

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