Aging is an unavoidable process. It is natural and inevitable.
You can't control it. But what you can control is whether you want to age gracefully.
Here are 11 foods that will not only help you look younger, but will also slow down your aging process.
1. Extra Virgin Oil
Extra virgin oil is one of the healthiest fats you can ever eat.
Research has shown that it may help prevent many common diseases associated with aging.
It lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease and helps prevent metabolic syndrome.
Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties that may protect skin elasticity and decrease the risk of sun damage.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is high in antioxidants, called polyphenols, which can fight diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammation, and heart disease.
Polyphenols may also help protect collagen, the main protein in your skin. This may reduce and even partly reverse some signs of aging.
3. Fatty Fish
Its long-chain omega-3 fats are beneficial against heart disease, inflammation, and ulcerative colitis, among many other diseases.
Studies suggest that they may also protect against inflammation and damage that occurs during sun exposure.
An example of this type of fish is Salmon. Salmon has an additional component called astaxanthin that may keep your skin looking younger.
4. Dark Chocolate/Cocoa
Dark chocolate reduces blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity and improve arterial function and elasticity.
It contains an antioxidant called Flavonol that protects the skin from sun damage, improves skin hydration, smoothness and thicknesses.
Though, the amount of flavanols varies significantly among different types of chocolate.
Chocolates that have a higher amount of Cocoa components are higher in Flavonol.
Vegetables like Pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes, are high in beta carotene.
Beta carotene reduces the risk of heart disease, cataracts, and cancer. It protects the skin from sun damage.
Other vegetables that are high in vitamin C like leafy greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli are also high in antioxidants that can reduce aging.
6. Flax Seeds
Contain lignans, that lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, insulin levels and decreases the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
They are also a great source of an omega-3 fatty acid called ALA, that protects your skin from sun radiation and may reduce sun-related skin damage.
Pomegranates decrease inflammation and help prevent damage from high blood sugar levels.
They also help protect the skin from sun damage.
Researchers suggest that different parts of the pomegranate may work together to repair damaged skin and increase collagen production.
Avocados contain unique compounds called polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols.
These can fight inflammation, protect your skin from the sun and help repair damaged DNA.
Their high content of monounsaturated fat and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin provides additional skin and DNA protection.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene.
Lycopene is a type of carotenoid that reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, and prostate cancer.
Studies show that it may also protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.
Asides from adding flavor to your food, spices also contain various plant compounds that may have beneficial effects on your health.
Interestingly, research suggests some spices may even help your skin look younger.
Spices like cinnamon have been shown to increase collagen production, that increases skin firmness and elasticity.
It also reduces the skin damage that occurs as a result of advanced glycation end-products, which are formed when blood sugar levels are high.