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10 Anti- Aging Super Foods

Free radical damage is the primary cause of skin aging so it is no surprise that most of the 10 super foods are antioxidant rich, natural foods. The colour you see in food is the antioxidant nutrient that is vital to protect against wrinkle causing free radicals.

Like the antioxidants you put on your skin it is best to eat a variety of different colour groups to get your antioxidant cocktail.The darker green, red, yellow, orange, purple it is you can be certain it will be better for you.

There are other super foods that help in cellular repair and energy production and settling damaging cellular inflammation.

The 10 Super Foods

    1. Vegetables
    2. Fruits
    3. Fish Salmon, Tuna & Sardines
    4. Whole Grains, Pulses, Lentils & Beans
    5. Seeds & Nuts.
    6. Herbs & Spices
    7. Dark Chocolate
    8. Yogurt & Kefir
    9. Antioxidant Rich Drinks.
    10. Seaweed (Hijiki, Wakame, Kelp, Nori)

1. Vegetables.

5 standouts in the vegetable section:

  • Dark, Leafy Greens like spinach (Omega 3, vitamin A) are excellent anti-aging.
  • Dark orange vegetables. Sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, carrots, and even orange peppers are rich in bioflavanoids for anti-wrinkle benefits.
  • Onions, garlic, chives, leeks, shallots and scallions rich in flavonoids.
  • Hot Peppers (chilli) capsaincinoids are antioxidant & anti inflammatory.
  • Beetroot for betacyanin antioxidant.
  • 2. Fruits.

    4 standouts in the fruit section:

  • Blueberries with anthocyanins is one of the best fruits to retard wrinkles.
  • Tomatoes contain the anti-oxidant lycopene that protects skin from sun damage.
  • Citrus Fruits (bioflavonoids) help protect skin from UV rays and to build collagen.
  • Avocados (monounsaturated fats that reduce cellular inflammation)
  • 3. Fish

  • The stand out performer is salmon but all cold water fish such as tuna and sardines are rich in omega 3.
  • The pigment that makes salmon pink, astaxanthin is a powerful foe of free radicals. A study found that eating one serving every five days can prevent precancerous sun spots.
  • 4. Whole Grains, Pulses, Lentils & Beans

  • Whole grains—brown rice and quinoa , buckwheat are excellent sources of rutin and B vitamins that combat inflammation-related skin damage
  • Beans and Lentils high in protein, low in fat, contain good carbohydrates AND contain antioxidants that protect against aging.
  • Soy Beans contains daidzein that activates proteins linked to regulation of aging and longevity.
  • 5. Seeds & Nuts.

  • Nuts decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, control your weight and reduce wrinkle formation. All nuts are fantastic almonds being a favourite however here a couple of others that deserve a mention.
  • Walnuts contain the most alpha-linolenic omega-3 fatty acids, which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and may reduce inflammation in arteries. Walnuts are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and selenium all good for your skin.
  • Flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids which speed up cell metabolism and reduce inflammation in the skin and body.
  • 6. Herbs & Spices

    All herbs and spices have benefits but the 3 superstar performers.

  • Turmeric is anti inflammatory and powerful antioxidant that protects the skin.
  • Oregano has Superstar levels of antioxidants, half teaspoon of dried oregano = a whole bowl of spinach.
  • Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs and spices it helps protect against wrinkles and stabilises blood sugar to protect against diabetes.
  • 7. Dark Chocolate

    Chocolate is high in flavonoids, substances that have been shown to improve blood flow, improve memory, and give you hydrated, smooth skin.

  • Turn Back the Clock: Enjoy a few individually wrapped tasting squares of 70 percent or darker chocolate every day.
  • 8. Yogurt & Kefir 

  • Fermented and cultured foods contains probiotics that actively promote optimal health in your body and skin.
  • 9. Antioxidant Rich Drinks.

  • Green Tea: The antioxidants in green tea have been found to protect against shortening of DNA sequences on our chromosomes. This impact means cells age slower and drinking on average 3 cups of green tea per day means you will live a additional 5 years.
  • Red wine contains the anti aging-giant resveratrol which protects against cellular damage and aging.
  • 10. Seaweed

    Seaweed is where fish get their Omega-3’s meaning you can skip the fish and go straight to the seaweed. Seaweed also contains powerful antioxidants like green leafy vegetables & sea minerals.

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