10 Super Foods That Are Great For Aging Skin
|At age 58, I eat these super foods on a regular basis.|
I have always been a healthy eater. I am basically eat lots of green leafy vegetables, drink about 60 ounces of water a day, closely watch my sugar intake. When it comes to meat I eat only salmon and occasionally turkey breast. But I also realized that if I add more super foods to my daily menu that will help my skin as I mature. Here are my super foods that I eat on a regular basis. These supper foods have made a great difference in my skin and my overall health.
Almonds - Rich in vitamin E, almonds are great for the skin. They are also rich in Omega 3 that support brain, heart and joint health. Eating a handful a day or sprinkling some over our salads or oatmeal help support healthy skin.
Coconut Oil - One of my favorite's, coconut oil is wonderful for the skin. It is especially helpful with very dry skin, wrinkles, and smoothing out your skin tone. Try cooking with coconut oil or adding coconut oil to your smoothies.
Avocado - Wonderful to use as a mask or add to your salads. Avocado is full of omega 3 and vitamin E oil. See
below for a great mask recipe I use once a week.
Bell Peppers - All bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green) are wonderful for the skin. They are full of vitamin C, which is essential when you have very dry skin, and they also help with collagen production.
Spinach - Full of vitamin E, vitamin C and Beta Carotene spinach is great for slowing the aging process for skin. spinach helps protects the skin from UV rays. Eat at least one cup a day. You can use it in your salads, smoothies, or soups.
walnuts, beets and spinach great for skin
Chia Seed - I use Chia seed in my smoothies, oatmeal and yogurt. They are full of omega 3, protein and fiber. Chia seed is also helpful with inflammation. Try making Chia seed pudding. It's very simple and easy to make Blend a palm full with two cups of milk, a half-teaspoon of vanilla, and two teaspoons of dried fruit, like dates, currants, or figs
Aronia Berries - These berries are even better than blueberries. They are a strong antioxidant, reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation. Aronia Berries are very tart but can be used in muffins, smoothies or made as a jam.
Dark Chocolate - Surprise! Dark chocolate is actually good for your skin. It helps keep the skin hydrated,protects skin from sun damage, and surprisingly doesn't cause acne. The best dark chocolate has at least 85% cocoa and isn't sweet.
Cilantro - This herb rich in vital vitamins and antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C and folates, all of which is great for your skin. I love to add it as a garnish to soups, and also to salads for a wonderful, rich herbal flavor. Cilantro is also good for cardiovascular health and lowers blood pressure.
Grapes - The skin of grapes has Resveratrol, which counters inflammation and can help slow the aging process. I add grapes to my smoothies and snack on them all the time. Put them in the freezer for a refreshing snack on a hot day.
Blueberries - I can't say enough about how great blueberries are for your immune system and your skin. Blueberries can help reduce the appearance of skin. Blueberries can also help with blemishes and acne as well as an added benefit of as source of fiber.
Blueberries generally do not cause any side effects. However, those with underlying health conditions should check with their medical practitioner before adding blueberries to their diet. Blueberries may also increase bleeding. They are a good source of Vitamin K, an anticoagulant. For those already taking the daily recommended amount of Vitamin K, a sudden increase might pose a risk. Blueberries also lower the level of blood sugar in diabetics, so the consumption of berries should go hand in hand with monitoring for signs of hypoglycaemia. It is advised that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consume blueberries in moderation, as the risks posed in consuming larger amounts is not known yet)
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