Anti-aging: best foods and nutrients for your skin
We all want to stay looking young and beautiful, healthy glowing skin plays a major factor in feeling good about ourselves. Here are our favourite foods and nutrients to help you stay fresh faced for longer...
Argan oil - Tocopherols (vitamin E) are an antioxidant power house, fighting free radicals, which are the main cause of cell ageing. Vitamin E is super potent in Moroccan Argan oil. This wonder oil which is best know as a hair product, but can also be consumed in the cold-pressed culinary form to give you an internal dose of its benefits. Also include plenty of avocados and almonds are also excellent sources of vitamin E.
Oily Fish – Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for many functions in the body. They are anti-inflammatory, keep cell membranes healthy and fluid. Omega 3 helps keep the skin clear, hydrated, moist and supple. As well as oily fish in the diet, krill oil, a highly absorbable and sustainable source. It has no fishy flavour so no nasty repeats from the VITL capsule.
Green leafy vegetables – high in lutein and beta-carotene, nutrients that have been shown to in studies to improve skin elasticity. They also are high in vitamin C for collagen production and anti-oxidants for liver detoxification of ‘old’ hormones, keeping your skin clear and glowing.
Turmeric – Curcumin its active ingredient has been shown to have a far ranging protective effect affect on diseases of age* including cardio-vascular disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes etc. It counters oxidative stress which damages cells thus slowing the cell aging process.
Matcha green tea – has 10 times the nutrition of regular green tea due to the growing and harvesting process. Loaded with catechins, a potent and beneficial antioxidants. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. EGCg have been to have a protective affect against UV sun damage**.
Our VITL Supergreen tablet contains greens, turmeric and green tea to daily support your dietary intake.
There are also foods to avoid to keep a youthful glow. High sugar diets are linked to increase aging of the skin via increased cross-linking in the collagen fibres. As cross-links increase, it causes the skin to shrink and become less soft and pliable. Avoid high sugar and refined carbohydrate foods, including fructose based sweeteners such as agave, maple syrup and honey.
Balance your hormones. Estrogen also helps skin stay moist by boosting hyaluronic acid. Phytoestrogens can be found in foods such as beans, peas, lentils, tofu, flaxseeds, nuts and seeds.