16 February 2019
4 Anti-Ageing Nutrients that will make you look younger
Although you can’t stop the process of ageing, you can make the trip a little easier by eating the right nutrients. Packing your diet with antioxidants and protein will help you keep that youthful glow.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-ager with a broad spectrum of benefits. It plays a major role in boosting collagen, the most abundant protein which provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthy. It also acts as an antioxidant, so you get the added benefit of protecting your skin from free radical damage. Leafy greens and citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits are filled with it. You will also find it in blackcurrant, rose hip, guava, chilli pepper and parsley.
Although vitamin C alone can help improve your skin, pairing it with vitamin E makes it four times as potent.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin C and E work together to protect cell membranes, enzyme sites, and DNA from damage against free radicals. This fat-soluble vitamin acts as a powerful antioxidant. It helps fight free radicals and protect the cells against oxidative damage. You’ll find high amounts of Vitamin E in almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, spinach, kale, and avocado.
3. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is essential for many processes in your body, including maintaining healthy vision and ensuring the normal function of your immune system and organs. You will find vitamin A in green leafy vegetables and other green, orange, and yellow vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, and squash, as well as in fruits, including cantaloupe, apricots, and mangos.
4. Fatty Acids
Flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, leafy vegetables, walnuts and sesame seeds are high in essential fatty acids, which can help keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness and wrinkle formation caused by chronic UV exposure.
“Our food should be our medecine & our medicine should be our food” – Hippocrates