Man has been searching for the ever-elusive fountain of youth since the beginning of time. However, most of us don’t realize that we have possessed the secret of the fountain all along. We’ve been taught the importance of a balanced diet since pre- school. But how many of us realize that there is more to food than just providing nutrients? This month we bring to you seven superfoods that may help erase wrinkles and turn back time.
Try out these 7 superfoods to make you look younger.
BEST FOR FIRMING: KALE AND SPINACH
Why they work: This vital veggie contains special antioxidant compounds that help guard against damage caused by the sun. It is also loaded with nutrients that improve skin elasticity.
Serve yourself: Every week, aim for three cups of spinach.
BEST FOR REDUCING REDNESS: COLD-WATER FISH
Why they work: Sardines, salmon, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen skin-cell membranes, keeping moisture in. Eating fish can also reduce chronic skin inflammations, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Serve yourself: No more than six 6-ounce portions a week to avoid mercury contamination.
BEST FOR DIMINISHING BROWN SPOTS: GREEN TEA
Why they work: This healthy brew contains compounds and antioxidants that prevent sun damage like hyperpigmentation and reverse the effects of aging.
Serve yourself: At least one cup a day to see results in as little as a month.
Why they work: This fruit is packed with vitamin C, which helps guard against the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Plus, the seeds contain nutrients that preserve connective tissue to make skin look smooth and soft.
Serve yourself: A cup of pomegranate seeds — not just juice — every week
BEST FOR SOFT SKIN: POMEGRANATES
Why they work: This refreshing, sweet treat contains the ultimate antioxidant, vitamin C, plus lycopene and potassium, which regulates the balance of water and nutrients in cells.
Serve yourself: At least one to two cups a week.
BEST FOR A DEWY COMPLEXION: WATERMELON
BEST FOR SMOOTH FINE LINES: BLUEBERRIES
Why they work: These delicious little blue wonders contain more antioxidants than almost any other food does. They can give your skin extra protection against the skin-damaging radicals. These result from sun exposure, emotional stress, and even over-exercising.
Serve yourself: One-half cup every day.
BEST FOR A HEALTHY GLOW: OLIVE OIL
Why they work: The “good fats” in olive oil are highly beneficial; they contain heart-healthy omega-3s, which improve circulation, leaving skin rosy and supple.
Serve yourself: A tablespoon a day.