7 Best Anti-Aging Foods

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The type of foods you eat don’t really have a lot of influence on your life span but eating right can keep you looking young and even help to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes and vision problems which are associated with old age.

1. Avocados

Avocados are high in glutathione which plays an important role and can help in detoxifying your system and in smoothening wrinkles. They are also made up of unsaturated fats that help to form the walls of skin cells, keeping them hydrated. The carotenoid content of avocados performs antioxidant functions that help to protect the skin from damage.

2. Fish

Fishes like salmon and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids which help in keeping the skin moisturized. These fatty acids also help to prevent inflammation levels which go up as you age. They are also high in proteins that are broken down to amino acids which are used to produce collagen in our cells.

3. Oranges

Oranges contain vitamin C which plays a major role in production of collagen, which keeps your skin firm and healthy looking. Phytonutrients that are contained in this fruit reduce the rate at which collagen is broken down.

4. Tomatoes

The lycopene contained in tomatoes gives them their characteristic red color. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant that prevents skin damage from ultraviolet rays. When lycopene is converted into vitamin A, it encourages the production of melatonin and melanin which regulate your sleep and prevent age spots respectively.

5. Grapes

Grape skin contains a compound known as resveratrol which slows inflammation, and ellagic acid, which is a polyphenolic compound that acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants delay the aging process by preventing cell damage.

6. Honey

Honey has antimicrobial effects that can help to reduce incidence of skin conditions like acne which is caused by bacteria. It is also high in flavonoids which can act as antioxidants.

7. Nuts

The plant estrogen content of nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and peanuts help to increase the levels of estrogen in menopausal women. Estrogen plays an important role in the collagen making process. Nuts also provide omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E which helps to combat inflammation and also function as antioxidants.

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