The main anti-wrinkle foods are:
- Artichokes: Besides being good at purifying our bodies, these vegetables can also help in the fight against free radicals and are therefore valuable allies in combating the aging of our skin. Eating just one artichoke a day provides you with more than four units of the ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) our bodies need daily to help prevent our skin from aging.
- Citrus fruits: as is well known, citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C which helps us protect our skin from the aging effects of UV rays and they also possess high antioxidant powers.
- Pears: rich in important antioxidants, this fruit helps fight cellular aging and the appearance of wrinkles. Pears are also highly nutritional too.
- Brown rice: as it is not processed in the same way as the more common white rice, brown rice retains its natural properties making it a low calorie, easily digestible food which is also rich in antioxidants.
- Black grapes: this variety of grape has been named as one of the richest source of antioxidants in existence – a glass of black grape juice contains 5216 ORAC units (the recommended daily requirement is 2000!).
- Papaya: another fruit which contains a large amount of antioxidants that help protect us from the aging effects of free radicals.
- Parsley: one of the fundamental ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, parsley is best eaten fresh, and it is rich in two powerful antioxidants – vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which are very skin-friendly.
- Spinach: Cooked spinach, with its high antioxidant content, helps our skin keep toned and supple which prevents wrinkles forming. As well as spinach, other vegetables with dark green leaves have similarly beneficial anti-wrinkle properties (eg artichokes, cabbage and broccoli).
- Eggplant/Aubergine: one of the best anti aging foods there is! It’s so good, its flesh can be used to make an effective anti-wrinkle mask!
- Onions: Red onions in particular are rich in antioxidants and are therefore a valuable anti-wrinkle food to add to your diet.
- Peppers: as with onions, red peppers are best as they not only contain vitamin C but also provitamin A which is often used by dermatologists to help prevent and combat age-related skin blemishes.
- Kiwi: eating two a day provides you with your recommended daily intake of anti free radicals.
What about you? Do you know of any other foods which help keep your skin looking young and wrinkle free? If so, let us know! 😉