The development of wrinkles is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of aging. The good news is that there are some ways to slow or reduce their development, one of which is to focus on our diet.
Before we get into the best foods to eat (and the ones we should avoid) to fight wrinkles, we must first understand what happens to our skin with age, which causes the development of wrinkles.
“As we age, our youthful complexions begin to fade and collagen and elastin levels decrease. In addition, free radical damage from the sun, pollutants, smoking and alcohol can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles,”
“Another key factor? Your diet. Yes, what you eat affects the overall appearance and tone of your skin, and that includes its youth (or lack thereof).,,“, she adds. (Related: 100 most unhealthy foods on the planet.)
The good news is that there are steps you can take to slow down skin aging, Parcels says, including protecting your skin from the sun with SPF 30, living a smoke-free life and limiting wine intake, but “being careful what ingestion will also help prevent lines and wrinkles (as well as treat existing ones), ”says Parcells.
“There are a variety of foods that can help boost our immune system and that contain ingredients that are vital to the health of our skin,” says Parcells.
Some of the best foods to promote skin health and reduce wrinkle production include a group of foods that help promote collagen production, especially foods rich in vitamin C.
“Foods high in antioxidants and vitamin C, including leafy vegetables and fruits, increase collagen production and help the skin heal or regenerate,” says Parcels.
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body – representing up to 40% of all types of proteins in the body. This is the main protein that builds connective tissue in your body.
Your body naturally produces its own collagen, but this requires the right building blocks. Vitamin C is one of those building blocks that have been shown to improve natural collagen production when taken as a supplement, as described in Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine study. As Parcells notes, foods high in vitamin C include leafy vegetables, red peppers, strawberries, kiwis and oranges.
To further reduce the appearance of wrinkles, you can take collagen supplements. This powdered supplement has been shown to help the body produce more collagen and reduce the signs of wrinkles, according to a Skin pharmacology and physiology study.
Parcells says that you can optimize your skin’s ability to repel wrinkles by adding to your diet not only vitamin C-rich foods.
“Foods high in healthy fats, such as avocados and fish, reduce our body’s immune response, prevent free radical damage, and attract water to skin cells to reduce wrinkles,” says Parcells.
When possible, try to get vitamin C from dietary sources, which should provide enough levels of this vitamin to support collagen production. If you choose a pill, be careful how much you take. Read more: Dangerous side effects from taking too much vitamin C.
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