Colorful foods, fatty fish, lean protein and whole grains may hold the secret to the fountain of youth. In the September 2011 issue of Good Housekeeping, an article on the “Anti-Aging Diet” provides tips and advice on the best foods that help fight the appearance of aging.
The article focuses mainly on foods that are beneficial to the skin. For example, whole grains contain a mineral called selenium. Selenium “helps protect against injury from UV rays,” according to the article. Grains that have ample amount of selenium include brown rice, barley, whole wheat and the ever-wonderful oatmeal!
Also included are colorful foods. The benefits from these foods are in their pigments. These vibrant helpers are called carotenoids. Carotenoids are “antioxidants that destroy free radicals.” Examples of popular carotenoids are: beta-carotene, which may help increase the production of collagen; and lycopene, which can help fight skin damage and add protection from UV light.
Many other foods make the list such as lean proteins, foods high in Vitamin C and fatty fish. Fatty fish contain omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids are also found in walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oil and pumpkin seeds. Omega-3s can possibly help shield the skin from sun damage as well.
Foods to avoid are sugars, refined carbs, saturated fats (such as full-fat dairy and fatty meats) and alcohol. Each may take a toll on your youthful appearance.
Get the full list of foods and the article here.