With the prevalence of aesthetic treatments in Singapore, people are starting to defy the natural aging process and look younger than their age. Truth be told, going for your monthly laser treatment or thread lift treatment won’t yield long-lasting effects if you don’t maintain a good and healthy diet, both for your skin and body.
Achieving a well-balanced, healthy diet does not only ensure you live a longer, healthier life, it is also an effective way to erase early signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, and maintain a youthful, radiant glow on your face.
We plough through the internet and verified with reliable sources to put together a list of super-foods you should consider if you want to activate anti-aging responses in your body:
Pomegranates: Bet you didn’t know that this bright red fruit is one of the superfoods you can find in your local supermarket. This fruit is full of vitamin C, which is one of the most beneficial naturally-occurring anti-oxidants around. It boosts your immune system and improves the healing process of wounds.
Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid and punicalagin. They are required to fight free radicals and maintain elasticity of the skin and encourages the synthesis of collagen in your body. Consuming pomegranates will improve the structure of the sub-dermal connective tissue, which in turn makes the skin look smooth and plump.
However, read the labels and make sure that the pomegranate juice don’t contain added sugar. If so, consuming it regularly may bring you more harm than good in the long run.
Chocolates: Chocolate is a rich, decadent food loved by people of all ages. Chocolate in reasonable amounts, is actually beneficial to your health. There is a catch though. Only dark chocolates provide these benefits.
Dark chocolates have high levels of flavonols. Regular intake of flavonols is associated with reduced risk of coronary heart diseases and hypertension. Scientists have found that flavonols can reduce “bad” cholesterol.
Scientists have also found that adults eating about 20g of dark chocolates for a period of 12 weeks were able to tolerate longer exposure of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red.
Don’t feel guilty the next time you indulge in some good quality dark chocolate. It can keep your skin soft and protect you from the harmful sun rays. Who knew that the compound in chocolates is an effective chemical sunscreen?
Tomatoes: Other than chocolates, tomatoes are another type of super-food that can shield you from the harmful UV rays. Studies have clearly shown that people who consume tomatoes regularly are able to tolerate UV rays better as compared to their counterparts who don’t.
This is because of the compound – Lycopene. Lycopene is a naturally-occurring chemical found in tomatoes and it gives the fruit the beautiful, red color we are familiar with. Lycopene can be found in many fruits with red pigments such as watermelons, apricots, and pink guavas. But highest concentration of lycopene is found in tomatoes.
Lycopene has long been associated with lowering heart diseases, preventing cancer of the breast, lung, bladder, colon and pancreas. Lycopene is also beneficial for treatment of cataracts and asthma.
Consuming 5 tablespoons of tomatoes daily can provide an equivalent protection of SPF 1.3. Researchers have also found that incorporating tomatoes into your diet can delay skin aging, loss of elasticity and wrinkles.
Unlike many other fruits and vegetables which are best eaten in their raw form, processed and cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene than fresh ones. They are also more easily absorbed by the body.
Blueberries: Blueberries is an unassuming little fruit that pack a powerful punch of refreshing, sweet flavor and goodness. Researchers have found that these little berries are key to better skin, hair and health.
Free radicals are produced when electrons are lost in the process of oxidization. The oxidative stress that the radicals cause, could be the reason why our bodies age. Containing high levels of anti-oxidants, blueberries can react with free radicals and prevent them from causing your skin to age.
For those plagued by acne problems, good news is that blueberries are found to help you achieve blemish-free skin. Blueberries have high concentration of salicylates. In fact, salicylic acid is common ingredient in topical acne treatment products. Its ability to remove dead skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria make blueberries a very effective fruit to attain a clearer, smoother skin.
Kale: If there was an award for most potent and nutrient-packed food, kale will probably be in the running for the award. Consuming kale will give you 1180% of your total daily intake of vitamin K. If that is not good enough, you will also enjoy nearly 100% of your daily intake of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A helps to provide a slightly reddish-orange hue to the skin, keeping you look fresh and radiant. Vitamin C is an important component to protect against premature aging of the skin when exposed to UV rays.
Kale is packed full of anti-oxidants which is beneficial against the free radicals produced by your body. Curbing the levels of free radicals in your body will lead to delayed aging. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, signs of aging are delayed as inflammation is tightly integrated with the normal aging progressive degenerative process.
You can add years to your life and look young by making smarter food choices. Following a healthy lifestyle, staying active and eating a balanced diet with foods rich in anti-oxidants will delay aging and keep you away from the doctor longer.