Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories really are the fountain of youth, says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, author of "The Perricone Prescription" and "The Wrinkle Cure." You need antioxidants to keep that skin of yours looking beautiful. Anti-inflammatories do just what the name implies: They fight inflammation, inside and out, and also help to keep wrinkles at bay for another day, Perricone says.
Blueberries are touted as one of the best sources of antioxidants out there. And they have a huge side benefit: They are indescribably delicious when they are in season, from July through September.
Strawberries are filled with vitamin C, and guess what loves that? Your skin. So these wonderful berries, so good on cereal and ice cream, not to mention strawberry shortcake, keep your skin looking its best while you say "yummy."
Don't peel these babies! You probably heard that from your mother, and she was right on target. The skin of the apple contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects against skin cancer. Apples also are a good source of fiber, meaning you feel full for hours after eating one.
Nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, are high in omega-3 fat. And your skin really benefits from the moisture that brings. Nuts are also high in arginine, an amino acid that helps you burn fat.
Whoa! Chile peppers really turn on the heat. And capsaicin, which is the source of that heat, cuts back on those hunger pangs, according to a study in the June 2009 issue of the "European Journal of Nutrition." So that burning mouthful might be worth it.
Vitamin A and potassium both make your skin radiant. And both are found in greens, particularly romaine lettuce. Dark leafy greens contain antioxidants that help your skin fight sun damage, such as wrinkles and skin cancer.
Salmon and tuna are known for their abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, and these fats help your body on the outside as well as the inside by keeping skin radiant.
Tea of all kinds is a major source of antioxidants, which fight free radicals and work against signs of aging. Green tea is also known for the compound EGCG, which gets some of those dying skin cells back in the alive zone.
Ahhhh, the fruit of the vine. Reservatrol is found in red wine, especially cabernet sauvignon, and this antioxidant is known to slow aging. So wine is one thing you can drink for your health, as they say. Just drink in moderation or all of its good effects are for naught.
Chocolate! Bring it on. Dark chocolate is a good source of those age-fighting antioxidants, and it also contains the mood elevator phenylethylamine, according to the California Academy of Sciences. So no, it's not your imagination that you feel happy when you eat dark chocolate. Just don't overdo it; too much of a good thing might turn out to be a bad thing in this case.
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- Epicurious: Top 10 Foods for Beauty and Health
- Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Buzzed on Inflammation
- Cleveland Clinic: Heart and Vascular Health & Prevention
- California Academy of Sciences: Chocolate Health Facts
- European Journal of Nutrition: The Acute Effects of a Lunch Containing Capsaicin on Energy and Substrate Utilisation, Hormones, and Satiety