5 Age-Fighting Foods

Bulk on Berries

Forget about loading up on fruit to curb chocolate pangs – you need to bulk up on berries for the sake of your skin. Blueberries especially are packed with those free radical fighting antioxidants that leave your complexion looking lush and radiant.

Dark berries are an excellent source of vitamin C; a property that helps keep your complexion blemish free and promote a healthy immune system. But importantly, this vitamin is also a collagen-boosting agent. It plumps and strengthens aging skin, leaving it oh-so smooth.

Lead scientist of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University, James Joseph agrees ‘there is nothing quite like blueberries.’ Their diverse health benefits make them a superfood snack you have to stock up on.

Apply Avocado

Yes, again we’re telling you to put avocados at the top of your shopping list. Its vitamin E content is through the roof, making it one of the best foods for healthy cell growth; they’re loaded with skin-loving fats that delay the aging process and protect against oxidative damage.

But in this case, we’re suggesting that you try applying avocado extract oils directly to the skin. It’s the perfect natural moisturiser to beat fine lines and promote a gorgeous glow. Ran out of makeup wipes? Dab avocado oils over your skin and wash away. This fruit’s more than just a great salad-filler.

You Can’t Beat Brazil Nuts

Snacking on the wrong foods can lead to outbreaks and tired looking skin. For a mid-morning treat that stops tummy rumbles till lunchtime and prevents wrinkles, stick to Brazil nuts. These little beauties are rich in selenium, which is one of the best minerals for healthy skin.

Selenium is a component of glutathione peroxidase, which works within the body to protect against cellular damage from harmful pollutants. As a result, Brazil nuts help maintain the elasticity in the skin; keeping it plump, young and free from deterioration.

Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts

But remember: try to be snack-wise. Just 2 Brazil nuts contain your recommended daily intake of selenium, at 31 calories a nut. If you’re watching your weight, be careful not to rack up the calories.

Sweet Potato Mash-Up

If you’ve a carb-craving and don’t know what to plump for, choose super-tasty sweet potatoes – your skin will thank you for it. High in beta-carotene / vitamin A, these potatoes provide the nutrients you need to naturally fight the aging effects of sunlight (but don’t stop topping up the sun cream!)

Rather than relying on the false promises made by beauty brands – ‘be wrinkle free in 30 days with the latest anti-aging cream!’ Simply increase your vitamin A intake through your diet, by eating sweet potatoes and the likes. The retinoids found in age-fighting serums derive from vitamin A, which you can get by eating the right foods.




If you’re reluctant to dish out the cash for a cream that might not even work, stick to using a moisturiser that suits you and let your diet do the hard work. Or even apply the potato directly to your skin! Rustle up a homemade facemask by dicing up boiled sweet potatoes (cooled, of course) and combine with yoghurt and oats – it’s a great natural moisturiser.

Caffeine-Fix

We’re usually warned against the dangers of caffeine. Rely too heavily on coffee to get you through the 9-5, and you could experience increased feelings of nervousness, irritability and restlessness; all of which shows on your skin. That being said, it does hold secret super powers that leave the skin looking younger.

Like your morning cup of coffee, caffeine based products wake up your complexion; smoothing sleepy skin and reducing fine lines. As an anti-inflammatory, it soothes irritation and creates a natural glow.

Rather than sipping on sugar-filled coffees, take up green tea. Okay, so it’s not ‘technically’ a food, but its age-fighting properties make it one to start sipping on. 2 cups a day hydrates, tones and de-stresses the skin – promising visible, effective results in weeks.

Alternatively, keep your green teabags to one side and use them as an organic eye mask. After boiling and brewing, pop 2 teabags in the fridge for 15 minutes and then rest them on the eyes for up to half an hour. The caffeine can help reduce dark circles, relieve swelling and prevent wrinkles.

Selenium improves chances of conceiving

An element found in nuts, red meat and seafood could increase a woman’s chance of conceiving.

Scientists found that selenium, a natural antioxidant, plays a crucial role in the early stages of conception – and of all foods, Brazil nuts have the highest level.

Selenium is crucial in the development of healthy ovarian follicles, which are responsible for the production of eggs in women.

Melanie Ceko, from the University of Adelaide, who carried out the research, said: ‘Selenium is an essential trace element found in protein-rich foods like red meat, seafood and nuts.’

‘It is important for many biological functions, such as immune response, thyroid hormone production, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to detoxify damaging chemicals in the body.

‘We’ve known for some time that selenium is important to men’s fertility, but until now no one has researched how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women.’

As part of the study, researchers pinpointed exactly where selenium was located in the ovary.

Then, they turned their attention to a protein containing selenium, called GPX1.

They found that levels of selenium and proteins containing selenium were higher in large, healthy ovarian follicles, where eggs are produced.

Ms Ceko said: ‘We suspect they play a critical role as an antioxidant during the late stages of follicle development, helping to lead to a healthy environment for the egg.’

In some cases, eggs that yielded a pregnancy had double the levels of GPX1, she added.

Researchers hope their findings will help treat women with infertility problems.

Further research could be carried out to better understand how selenium levels could be optimized to improve women’s chances of conceiving, they said.

Selenium
Selenium

A recent study from Harvard School of Public Health in the US, found dropping a dress size helps a woman get pregnant faster – even if she isn’t overweight to start with.

Women who lost 11lb – the equivalent of going from a size 14 to a 12 – conceived a fortnight faster than others, a study found.


Surprisingly, those who were slim to begin with benefited just as much as those who were fat.

The researchers said the finding couldn’t simply be explained by overweight women having irregular periods, one of the most common causes of infertility in women.

The study contradicted research published in 2011 which warned that being too skinny is worse than being too fat when trying for a baby.

A study found that skinny women are less likely to become pregnant than those who are overweight – including those classed as dangerously obese.