The elixir of youth is not necessarily hidden in expensive creams and techniques, but in our daily diet! Body, heart, bones, skin, hair and brain daily use nutrients that we get through diet. In nature, there are many foods that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, delaying the appearance of wrinkles and aging of skin. Which are they?

1. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are very famous for their anti-aging action. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, pomegranates help skin combat damages caused by environmental conditions like sun exposure or oxidative stress. Elaic acid helps reduce degradation of skin collagen, helping skin remain tight and youthful. In addition, many studies have shown that pomegranate juice help retain brain function and memory in the elderly.

 

2. Extra virgin olive oil

Olive oil is on of the main components of Mediterranean diet. Thanks to its composition in fatty acids, extra virgin olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, while also help prevent cardiovascular disease, arthritis and demention. Many references also exist about its role in preventing cancer, especially when it is combined with omega 3 fatty acids.

 

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are a kind of berries, which are rich in antioxidants. Anthocyanin helps vessels maintain their elasticity, thus helping maintain normal blood pressure. In addition, anthocyanins help maintain mental function and mental status, as they activate nerves and contribute to the prevention and treatment of depression in the elderly.

4. Green Tea

Green tea, rich in polyphenols and catechins, such as epigallocatechin, helps skin compat damages from ultraviolet radiation and prevent spots. In addition, there are many studies which indicate that green tea has a role in cancer prevention, as it may delay or prevent proliferation of cancer cells.

 

5. Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy veggies include spinach, kale, rocket, parsley and cabbage. Rich in trace elements, they strengthen body, offering strong protection against inflammation. Vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and carotenoids (lutein, β-carotene) are just a few of the elements that reinforce body’s functions and organs, like bones, vision and skin.  Additionally, they provide strong antioxidant protection towards free radicals..

 

6. Fatty acids

Fatty acids are among the most essential components of our diet. Sardines, tuna and salmon are rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 provide powerful anti-inflammatory action that  help prevent cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, while also they play an important role in preventing cancer.

7. Legumes

Even though meat offer proteins of high biological value, it is not the only one. Legumes and especially beans are a very good source of plant proteins, which can be combined with cereals and offer proteins of high biological value, equally with those of meat. Beans also are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibers, contributing to good gastrointestinal function, preventing the occurrence of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease while also help regulate cholesterol levels.

 

8. Water

Last but not least, water. All of the above processes and all the benefits of nutrients could not be achieved if our body is dehydrated. Many studies have shown that dehydration, which unfortunately may not be apparent, can lead to premature aging, causing problems in organ function, joints, and premature wrinkles.

For a youthful skin and a strong body, adopt a healthy diet. which conatin in abudance all the aforementioned food.