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Foods that Fight Wrinkles

Submitted by Adriana Rae on October 14, 2006 - 09:30.

Helen Foster  says that the right foods are a better way to fight wrinkles than lotions and potions. She lists ten foods that will make your skin look younger.

Spinach: Now how is this for a statistic? She says that your skin will look 38% younger in just a few weeks if you add dark green leafy vegetables to your daily diet. This would include spinach,  kale and swiss chard. They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein which boosts skin hydration and elasticity, fighting wrinkles.

Beans: Beans are really really good for your skin. They help your body create hyaluronic acid which plumps and smoothes the skin. See  more about the health benefits of eating beans and legumes.

Goji Berries: These have 500 times more Vitamin C per ounce than oranges! And vitamin C helps make collagen which keeps the skin firm. They also have linoleic acid, an essential fat that plumps skin up. Naomi Watts (in the pic above) eats them in salads.

Turkey  has a protein called carnosine that slows down the cross-linking process in the skin. Foster recommends you eat turkey two or three times a week!

Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are a major source of omega-3. The more omega-3 you eat the plumper your skin cells will get. See  more about flaxseed and flaxseed oil  here.

Prunes: Prunes are the fruit that contains the highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second.

Beetroot: Beetroot is another great source of antioxidants and a pigment called anthocyanins that helps support collagen production.

Olives: The oleic acid found in olives and virgin olive oil can make the difference between a complexion that looks and feels like old shoe leather - and one that looks like a rose petal. Oleic acid actually soaks through the membranes of skin cells plumping them up, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.

Dark Chocolate: Studies have shown that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage - the number-one skin ager.

Red peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots: The antioxidants found in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. "The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen," says Dr Watson.

Eating foods such as this  is better  than taking supplements. "For antioxidants such as carotenes, quercetin, vitamins C and E, it's better to eat the natural foods. A number of studies on single antioxidants given as pills have found no benefit to health. This is probably because the antioxidants work together or with other, as yet unidentified, phytonutrients."

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