Two different studies point to the importance of vegetables to prevent wrinkles.
Your fountain of youth may be found at the farmers market.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and unsaturated fats may ward off wrinkles by boosting the skin’s natural defenses against sun damage.
In an international study of eating patterns and skin aging, investigators found that dark- and fair-skinned people who ate plenty of vegetables were less prone to wrinkling.
Some of the skin-smoothing foods included:
- green leafy vegetables
- olive oil
Overall, people who ate more of the foods that are universally recommended for good health had smoother skin. The study authors speculate that certain foods offered skin protection due to their high levels of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. The skin, they note, is a “major target of oxidative stress.” Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil may offer protection through the same mechanism. Fatty acids are present in the skin, and monounsaturated fats resist oxidative damage, the team explains.
From the Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2001;20:71-80
Antioxidants protect your health by fighting free radicals in your body, which, if present in excessive levels, cause oxidation or rust in your body.
Tip: Start adding one more colorful fruit and vegetable serving a day to your diet and see the results.
To learn more, pick up a copy of “What Color is Your Diet?” by Dr. David Heber MD, Clinical Director of the School of Nutrition at UCLA.
Jeanne Peters RD, Nutrition Director of the Nutrition Director of the Nourishing Wellness Medical Center in Torrance, CA
You can learn more about her natural approaches to nutritional care at www.nourishingwellness.com