Anti-aging tips: anti-wrinkle foods

Do you like green tea? Its polyphenols could reduce the appearance of wrinkles by reducing oxidative stress.

Have you ever said to someone close to you, “You look young for your age”? In addition to anti-aging treatments and anti-wrinkle creams, there is a link between diet and skin aging.

GREEN TEA

One study showed that polyphenols in green tea brewed with milk increased the enzymatic activity of antioxidant compounds. This change was noted in addition to an improvement in the integrity of the skin (fewer fine lines) in elderly subjects which could be explained in particular by a reduction in oxidative stress [1] . With this in mind, it becomes interesting to consume green tea every day. This good habit will also help maintain optimal hydration throughout the day. Since green tea contains no calories, it is an excellent substitute for sugary drinks and juices. You can also add a splash of milk if you wish.

CHOCOLATE

A study carried out in animals showed the effectiveness of cocoa powder in reducing fine lines induced by UVB rays by regulating the genes involved in the production of the dermis and the maintenance of its integrity, which results in a reduction in the formation of wrinkles [2] . These results have also been observed in humans with the consumption of chocolate. Opt for chocolates with a high percentage of cocoa, as they will contain more antioxidants. But beware! Chocolate is high in fat and sugar and should be consumed in moderation. For “chocolates”, chocolate could be consumed every day, at a rate of around 10 g, as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

OTHER NUTRIENTS?

A study of 177 individuals showed that the consumption of certain nutrients was associated with skin aging. Despite genetics and sun exposure, individuals who consumed more vegetables, olive oil, monounsaturated fats, and legumes and less dairy, butter, margarine, and sugar had fewer wrinkles. Fish consumption was also associated with fewer wrinkles. Eggs, yogurt, legumes, vegetables (spinach, eggplant, asparagus, celery, onions, leeks, and garlic), nuts, olives, fruits (cherries, raisins, melon, dried fruits, prunes, apples, pears), multigrain bread, jam, tea, and water were associated with less photoaging. Skin is fragile and more susceptible to damage (including wrinkles) due to its high lipid and protein composition, two compounds that are extremely sensitive to oxidative stress. Foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and coenzyme-Q10 or ubiquinone (fish) are therefore recommended due to their higher antioxidant potential [3] .

Remember that for healthy skin, it is important to have a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods like fish and legumes. It is also important to maintain an optimal state of hydration. Combined with anti-aging skincare or anti-wrinkle creams, these strategies could help you maintain your youthful appearance!

Abbas Jahangir

I am a researcher and writer with a background in food and nutritional science. I am the founder of Foodstrend.com, our reputable online platform offering scientifically-backed articles on health, food, nutrition, kitchen tips, recipes, diet, and fitness. With a commitment to providing accurate and reliable information, we strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle choices. Join us on Foodstrend.com's journey toward a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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