Sunday, September 11, 2011

Foods That Fight Wrinkles

Can wrinkle fighting foods fit in your diet? If you are using creams or ointments they are just one way to fight those lines. Research has shown that what is put in your body is as important as what is put on your body.

In our local Sunday paper is an column by Dr. Oz. I don’t always agree with everything he suggests but most of the time he is right on. (After looking in the mirror at my sagging chin and wrinkly neck I had to re-read his column today!) He says that women with young -looking skin often have the most Vitamin C in their diet. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidant rich foods are also great for the skin tone and integrity. Antioxidants work to remove toxins from the body and promote healthy collagen which aids in keeping the skin firm. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all an excellent source of antioxidants.

Tomatoes contain a powerful plant chemical called lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to reduce skin cell damage and redness. In order to best absorb lycopene, it needs to be in the environment of a healthy fat. In other words, use some extra-virgin olive oil with your tomatoes to enhance the absorption of lycopene.

Foods with large dietary amounts of Vitamin E are also good for the skin. Vitamin E acts as a natural skin damage reducer. Skin damage may be caused by the sun or elements and Vitamin E can be used to repair the damage.

Other anti-aging foods include egg yolks, avocados, lentils, salmon, tuna, flaxseed and many nuts. Green tea is helpful when you drink it or wear it (some moisturizers contain green tea). It provides your skin with anti-aging plant polyphenols.

Reducing your refined sugar intake is also a must when trying to eliminate the start and spread of wrinkles. Too much sugar can actually harden the collagen and elastin fibers that keep your skin strong and supple. This causes your skin to sag and become heavy. The heaviness of the skin causes wrinkles. (Cinnamon is a great sugar alternative and also helps with high blood sugar.)

Eating well is sure to make a big difference. Do you think that genetics plays a part in it as well? If your mother had younger-looking skin will you have it too?
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