7 foods to help you look younger

Published: February 14, 2017
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Aging is natural; however, some foods you eat can help you age better.

Human diet contains thousands of antioxidants—nutrients that protect skin from damage and keep it fresh. Here’s a list of foods you should eat to look younger:

1. Avocado

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Adaptable and delicious, avocado is a healthy fruit to be incorporated in your diet. It contains unique compounds to fight inflammation, guard your skin from the sun and help repair damaged DNA.

Having an avocado a day also reduces cholesterol levels, and aids the process of skin regeneration.

2. Fatty fish

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Fatty fish (any variety of fish, such as the sardine, salmon or trout; that has oils throughout its body rather than stored solely in the liver), is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and important for maintaining healthy skin.

Fatty acids are essential to keep skin thick, elastic and nourished. They reduce inflammation, which can cause redness and acne, and even help protect skin from sun damage. Oily fish also contain Vitamin E – an antioxidant for the skin.

3. Extra virgin olive oil

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One of the healthiest fats in the world, extra virgin olive oil helps prevent diseases linked with aging.

Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory qualities, and can help protect skin from sun damage. It has monounsaturated fat, an element linked with improved skin elasticity and firmness.

4. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes protect skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Many of its health benefits are attributed to high lycopene content in the fruit.

According to a study, eating a mixture of foods high in lycopene and other plant antioxidants can reduce wrinkle depth after 15 weeks. Cook them with olive oil to improve absorption of lycopene in the body.

5. Turmeric

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Commonly used in Asian households, Turmeric has some remarkable health benefits. It is lauded for its cancer fighting, digestive, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also decelerates the aging process. Use it in your curries, sprinkle it on salads or mix into your drinks to reap the benefits.

6. Berries

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Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries all contain antioxidants, which can delay cell damage, and help lessen joint swelling and soreness. Have them with breakfast, in a smoothie or with yogurt as a snack.

7. Garlic

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Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, which helps regenerate skin and tissues, helping the skin stay youthful. Its fungicidal and bactericidal characteristics make it an anti-aging super food, as well as one of the finest natural antibiotics. Add it to yogurt and salads or use in stir-frys!

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