40 Foods That Can Help You Look Younger then your age

We can’t actually stop the clock. But we can help you change up your diet so you’re staying stronger, healthier, and more energized throughout the year—and for many, many years to come. you look younger than your age.

Anti-aging can take on many different forms: it can refer to the way you look, the way you feel, as well as your longevity, how long of a life you’ll have. Several of these foods touch on all of these aspects, helping you to look better, feel better, and live longer. All that’s needed is to start incorporating them into your regular menu more often and enjoying the benefits they provide. Start eating more of them today and you’ll feel the benefits right away.

Like it or not, aging is a fact of life. It’s better than the alternative we say to ourselves. That doesn’t mean that we can’t age gracefully, however, and look beautiful no matter what decade of life we are in. Your skin is a complex three-layered organ that is exposed to both intrinsic (within the body) and extrinsic (environmental) factors that cause it to appear discolored, sunken, wrinkled, and, well, aged. Thankfully, we can combat much of what causes our skin to appear aged using what we choose to include in our daily diet.

Best Anti-Aging Foods that Make You Look Younger Listed Below-

1.Grapes:

The skin of red grapes contains resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory that helps keep your skin looking good. Grotto says that several studies have shown that resveratrol can help protect you from UV radiation damage that may lead to skin cancer, too. (you can also score these benefits from a glass of red wine.)

2. Pecans:

Pecans-for-anti ageing

The antioxidants in pecans are what it brings to the table as far as its anti-aging benefits go. Anything that helps keep your heart healthy is doing its job to keep you going long into old age. Remember it’s not just how long you live, but how many of those years are enjoyable where you can stay active and keep your mind sharp, and pecans have been shown to be a key ally in this quest. Anti-Aging Key: Antioxidants

3.Lemons:

Lemons and limes are excellent sources of vitamin C that helps in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that protects your skin from the effects of free radicals. They also contain flavonoids that are good for the skin.

4.Black beans:

To help protect against colon and prostate cancer, you may want to up your legume intake. Dried beans, peas, and lentils are packed with dietary fiber, which helps speeds waste through the gut, wiping out any carcinogens that may have built up there. What’s more: beans are a rich source of folate, which helps repair damaged cells, says Grotto.

5.Whole Eggs:

The amino acids in the whites of eggs are essential for the creation of collagen in our skin, and the carotenoid retinol in the yolks is responsible for the growth and maintenance of cells and tissues of the skin.

6.Flaxseeds:

Flaxseeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation and fight plaque buildup. “Flaxseeds also contain two other components that target LDL cholesterol specifically: lignans and soluble fiber, the kind that rids your body of cholesterol,” says Grotto. Ideally, your LDL would be less than 100 mg/dl. In addition to sprinkling flaxseeds onto oatmeal or cereal, continue to combat cholesterol by avoiding saturated fat and exercising daily. (And if you smoke, stop. Period.)

7.Organ Meats:

Liver and other organ meats are protein packed for collagen production and contain high levels of carotenoids and the antioxidant coenzyme 10, which protect your skin cells and keep you looking young.

8.Avocado:

Avocado is a tasty way to give your body the things it needs in order to function at its best and fight the aging process. Oleic acid gets the most credit as a highly effective antioxidant when trying to prevent cancer, but also has other anti-aging benefits in addition to increasing your lifespan. Considering it also has healthy fats, potassium, and fiber it’s a great addition to your overall health. Anti-Aging Key: Oleic Acid

9.Dark Chocolate:

A study found that consuming dark chocolate prevents wrinkles and maintains skin elasticity and hydration levels. The flavanols present in dark chocolate prevent the damage caused by UV rays.

10.Yogurt:

This is one of the most consumed fermented milk products. It is loaded with gut-friendly bacteria that act as probiotics. A study says that probiotics slow down both intrinsic and extrinsic aging and keep your skin glowing.

11.Broccoli:

Broccoli has so many health benefits to it, there’s no reason to leave it out of your regular menu any longer. George Bush might have made his stance against broccoli, but it’s something that can’t be ignored if you want to experience its benefits. The lignans in broccoli help fight off cancer, but also help prevent heart disease, boost your immune system, and keep your brain healthy. Anti-Aging Key: Lignans

12.Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are very hydrating vegetables, and staying hydrated is one way to stay looking and feeling young, with plenty of energy. The silica in cucumbers will help your joints, bones, and connective tissues, all key components as you age. Another added benefit is that cucumbers are low in calories, which will help you get or maintain a proper weight, which in itself has anti-aging value. Anti-Aging Key: Silica

13.Oats:

Exercise is key to staying young, and this superfood will power you through your gym sessions. In a study published in the journal Metabolism, test subjects who consumed rolled oats 45 minutes before exercising had a significant performance advantage over subjects who had puffed rice or water. (We digest these carbs slowly, which means that our energy stays high long after we eat them.) So grab a spoon and get ready to be propelled through your workout like a teen who just drank Red Bull.

Oatmeal contains avenanthramide. This compound is only found in oats and is a strong antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help in slowing down aging.

Here is a quick recap of all the anti-aging superfoods for beautiful skin that should find a place on your plate:

They say, “beauty is only skin deep.” True that! When you eat well and enrich your body with nutrients, it shows on your face. Include all these superfoods in your diet, and you will not have to rely on anti-aging treatments and creams to look young.

14.Green Tea:

Among the many other benefits, this tea contains flavonoids and polyphenols that protect from the cutaneous signs of aging and can improve the elastic tissue content in your skin. You can drink it or use it topically for the benefits.

15.Apples:

They say if you want to keep the doctor away, you should be eating apples daily. There’s a lot of truth to this old adage, and one of the key components of apples is their high levels of Vitamin C, which bolster the immune system and help keep you free from colds and other diseases as you go through life. But they also have fiber, which keeps your digestive system moving. A clean digestive system plays a big part in keeping you looking and feeling good at any age. Anti-Aging Key: Vitamin C

16.Red Wine:

The reason you hear red wine in the news so much is that for several years now doctors have been recommending it to their patients as a way to keep their hearts healthy, but also it contains an element known as resveratrol, which been proven to block diseases from forming in the body. The usual suggestion is to have a glass a day, but sometimes this ranges to a glass and a half or two glasses. You don’t want to overdo it, because too much alcohol will speed up the aging process. Anti-Aging Key: Resveratrol

17.Oranges:

The Vitamin C content of oranges is well-known, and this is what is providing most of the anti-aging benefits to your body. Your immune system will thank you, and in return will help keep you healthy and feeling good. Oranges also contain a good amount of fiber and can help you reach your daily fiber needs. They also supply you with energy, which makes them a great breakfast choice, or a midday snack to keep you going. Anti-Aging Key: Vitamin C

18.Clarified Butter (Ghee):

Ghee is loaded with vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. It contains alpha-tocopherol that protects your skin from damage and keeps it youthful.

19.Chocolate milk:

Exhausted after a workout that used to feel easy? Go ahead and guzzle a glass of chocolate milk. Yep—we were surprised, too. But low-fat chocolate milk has the ideal ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help you get the most of that exercise session, according to a 2011 study conducted by the University of Texas. More specifically, research participants who downed it instead of a pure-carb drink didn’t just have a better body composition (more muscle, less fat), but they also ended up in better physical shape overall.

20.Walnut:walnut-for-looking-young

High levels of inflammation speed up the aging process. Walnut contains gamma-tocopherols (a particular form of vitamin E) that have anti-inflammatory effects on your body. It also prevents cells damage caused by UV ray exposure.

21.Tomatoes:

The red pigment in tomatoes – called lycopene – is an awesome antioxidant that shields skin against sun damage. It’s kinda like sunscreen – but from the inside out.

To best absorb lycopene, eat tomatoes with a splash of olive oil (which has its own anti-aging properties too).

As well being a potent antioxidant that protects against UV damage, lycopene also fights off damaging bacteria in your body and inhibits the breakdown of collagen in the skin (needed to keep your face wrinkle free).

22.Olive Oil:

The extra virgin olive oil contains oleic acid that reduces the effect of C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is associated with age-related issues. It also impairs the cell regeneration process in your body. By reducing its effect, olive oil helps you stay young.

23.Sweet potatoes:

These contain your good friend, beta-carotene. As well as giving sweet potatoes their orange color, beta-carotene helps to keep your skin pH levels balanced.

The pH level of your skin is related to how acidic it is, and having the balance wrong will result in wrinkles and blemishes.

Sweet potatoes also promote cell turnover, which gives you fresher and smoother skin.  To top it all off,  these tasty root vegetables are packed with lots of vitamins A, C, and E – all of which help to keep your complexion fresh and clean.  Sweet.

24.Carrots:

Just like sweet potatoes, carrots pack a whole bunch of beta-carotene.

This helps with skin-cell renewal and also acts as a powerful antioxidant that will slow down the aging of the skin.

But remember, when you’re buying these tasty root vegetables, always go for the organically grown option where possible.  Research has shown that conventionally grown carrots are full of chemicals and pesticides. 

25.Saffron:

This aromatic herb inhibits the activity of tyrosinase and decreases melanogenesis (a process through which melanin is produced). This has an anti-aging effect. Moreover, it contains phenolic components such as monoterpenoids, kaempferol, and quercetin that inhibit melanogenesis.

26.Chicken soup:

As we get older, we can’t fight off colds like we used to—but that doesn’t mean we need to let them slow us down. And it looks like Mom was right: A warm cup of chicken soup really can make you feel better when you’re a sniffling mess. “Some research suggests that chicken soup may also work by exerting an anti-inflammatory effect on the upper respiratory tract, speeding along symptom relief and reducing the duration of the cold,” says Grotto.

27.Garlic:

A study shows that garlic has antioxidant, antibacterial, and detoxification properties that have youth-preserving and anti-aging effects on your skin.

28.Cherry juice:

Too little sleep can accelerate aging. In fact, in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control declared that insufficient sleep is a “public health epidemic” that’s been linked to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Yikes. So if you’re tossing and turning, drink some cherry juice, which is packed with melatonin that “may prove beneficial in improving sleep quality and duration,” says Grotto.

29.Pomegranates:

Pomegranates have been getting a lot of press lately for their many health benefits, not the least of which is their anti-aging properties. You can find pomegranate juice all over the place, but there is also great benefit in eating the actual fruit and the seeds as well. You may also see it being used in beauty products such as creams, lotions, and even shampoos and conditioners, but eating the food is the best method.

30.Guavas:

We think of OJ as the go-to for vitamin C, but it turns out that this tropical fruit trumps oranges big time. “One cup of guava supplies four times what you need in a day of vitamin C,” says Grotto. We need this vitamin to help protect against free radical damage that leads to aging, heart disease, and cancers. Plus, it contributes to collagen formation, which benefits skin, tendons, bones, and teeth.

31.Onions:

Don’t get slowed down by stomach trouble. This bulb can halt the growth of the bacteria H. pylori, which has been linked to ulcers, gastritis (stomach inflammation), and gastric cancer. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, other flavonoid-rich foods like garlic and tea can also stop H. pylori in its tracks, keeping your stomach settled. (But take note: anything deep fried—hello, onion rings—doesn’t count.)

32.Turmeric:

This medicinal spice is the answer to many health issues. And it also has anti-aging properties. Turmeric contains curcumin that can slow down oxidative damage and low-grade inflammation that contribute to aging. Both consumption and topical application of turmeric are good for your skin.

33.Brinjal:

Also known as eggplant or aubergine, this purple vegetable is loaded with anthocyanins. These are a type of flavonoids that eliminate harmful free radicals from your body, keeping your skin youthful.

34.Kiwi:

This furry green fruit gives you more cell-repairing vitamin C than an orange and more skin-elasticizing potassium than a banana. It’s also one of the only low-fat sources of skin-repairing vitamin E.

On top of this, it gives as much fiber as a bowl of bran – great for helping fight off skin blemishes and spots.

A study by Rutgers University in New Jersey has revealed the kiwi to be the most nutritionally dense fruit – containing more antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins than any other. 

35.Chaga Mushrooms:

They are also known as medicinal mushrooms as they contain high levels of antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent cell damage and the effects of harmful free radicals.

36.Strawberries:

These juicy red fruits are a powerhouse of essential micronutrients. They are loaded with phenolic compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They boost cellular metabolism and cell revival, preventing oxidative stress and slowing down the aging process.

37.Whole grains:

Chow down on more whole grains and stay away from white carbohydrates.

American research has shown that the waistlines of middle-aged people who ate white bread and other white carbohydrates were three times bigger than those who ate wholemeal alternatives like spelled bread, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice, and oatmeal.

38.Bell peppers:

Bell peppers – especially the red, orange and yellow ones – are packed full of antioxidants, which reign supreme when it comes to anti-aging.

As well as their great antioxidant value, peppers ward off sun damage into the bargain – well known for giving your face more creases than an old map.

39.Dark, Leafy Greens:

Unfortunately, skin health isn’t ALL chocolate and wine. Kale, spinach, and other dark leafy greens are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and the carotenoid lutein. All of these nutrients are critical in fighting back against oxidative damage and detoxifying your skin, as well as the rest of your body.

40.Spinach:

Keep your peepers bright and sparkly by chowing down on some spinach. This leafy green superfood keeps the whites of your eyes clear and fresh and its high level of calcium will whiten your teeth for that killer smile.

Other leafy greens like kale are great too. They contain lutein, which protects skin from inflammation and wrinkles caused by the sun.

Things to Avoid:

Sugar

If there is one food to avoid at all costs, it’s sugar. Especially for those who suffer from acne, sugar spikes your insulin levels, disrupts your immune system, and causes premature aging. (10)

Smoking

Among many other health risks, smoking makes you look older. It causes oxidative damage causing deep wrinkles, discolorations, and sunken skin.

Don’t eat white foods

Again, steer clear of all white rice, bread, cakes, pasta – and all other refined white foods. They’re almost immediately broken down by your body into the most rage-inducing substance of all: sugar.

Sugar actually thickens your blood (think sticky syrup) and directly ruins your collagen, leading to wrinkles and lines.

Don’t eat salt

Salt leads to water retention in your body – causing you to look and feel bloated, slow and sluggish. Definitely not the look of a fine, young thing. Watch out for salt that’s hidden in other foods (it’s everywhere) – particularly in processed foods, bread, and soups.

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