What comes to your mind when you hear anti-aging foods? I initially thought that they are foods that prevent us from growing old, well, growing old is sometimes a function of how much time we've spent alive. According to nature.com, aging is the process where structural and functional changes accumulate in an organism with time.
From the definition of "aging" above, time is mentioned but it's not all about time, many factors are drivers that foster aging, and once we reach the peak of our adult growth, we gradually start to decline in terms of body structure and function.
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If you've clocked age 40, now is the time to step up in aspects of aging that you can control, like diet and fitness, exercise comes in and anti-aging foods should not be shoved to the side.
One way to keep your body up and doing, and your skin shiny and glowing is through your diet, what are you consuming and what are you leaving out? This question can only be answered by you.
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When we make our diet compact in terms of antioxidants, vital nutrients, healthy fats, and water, we tend to better our appearance as our skin won't be able to hide it, the skin is a sensitive organ and it reveals a lot about us.
So, even if we grow in age we can look younger and fit by the foods we eat, and the skin is the organ to manifest this. Below are some anti-aging foods that will help your body glow as you grow.
1. Sweet Potato.
Sweet potatoes have positive effects on our skin because they contain beta-carotene which the body can convert to vitamin A, beta-carotene is the antioxidant that gives the skin of sweet potato its orange colour.
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The effects of this antioxidant after it is converted to vitamin A include improving our skin in aspects such as restoring its elasticity, promoting skin cell turnover, and giving the skin a soft and youthful look.
Sweet potato also contains vitamin C and E, both vitamins help to protect the skin from harmful free radicals, they also help us to maintain a good complexion.
Papaya is otherwise called pawpaw, it is listed among anti-aging foods by Healthline because it contains numerous nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that work together to improve our skin quality.
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The nutrients in papaya include vitamins A, C, K, E, calcium, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. These nutrients offer numerous health benefits, for example, the antioxidants in papaya help to delay the signs of aging by tackling free radical damage.
Papaya also contains papain, this is an enzyme that adds to the anti-aging properties of papaya as it is one of the best natural, anti-inflammatory substances.
Broccoli is a vegetable that has both anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, these properties are present because of the nutrients present in broccoli. Calcium, lutein, vitamins C and K, fibre, folate, etc., are contained in broccoli, and they make it an anti-aging food.
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Vitamin C helps to produce collagen, this enzyme helps the skin to retain its strength and elasticity. Other anti-aging functions come from lutein, vitamin K and calcium.
From all that has been mentioned above, it is clear that fruits and vegetables are good for our skin with regards to reducing prominent signs of aging, however, you can stick to the three foods above to get their anti-aging benefits.
Our skin is the largest body organ and it easily shows signs of aging, the role of anti-aging foods is to take those signs away and make us look younger.
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