Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of eating foods that offer anti-aging benefits (there are many and not to worry, they taste great). Other times, a supplement may be in order. Oh, and of course, a beauty product here and there never hurts. Here are four health boosters that will help you look and feel amazing – inside and out.
What it is: A powerful, naturally occurring polyphenol found in the stems, seeds and skin of red wine grapes, and other plants.
What it does: Research suggests that resveratrol boosts energy; inhibits the development of cancer (including breast cancer); may help prevent heart disease; could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting; and according to a Harvard University study, it might even slow the aging process. Resveratrol also helps fight environmental toxins to keep skin supple and reduce wrinkles.
To eat: Peanut butter, red grapes, red and white wine, red grape juice, blueberries, cranberries
2. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
What they are: Unsaturated fatty acids that the body needs to function and stay healthy.
What they do: Omega-3s can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30 percent; they soothe inflammation; regulate cholesterol; alleviate symptoms of depression; and help keep your skin glowing.
To eat: Salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, anchovies, sardines
What they are: Nutrients (vitamins and minerals found in foods) as well as enzymes(proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). Vitamins A, C, and E are biggies.
What they do: Antioxidants help delay aging and reduce our vulnerability to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; they also help reduce inflammation and may stop pigment formation (think age spots); antioxidants also help keep skin bright and supple.
To eat: Spinach, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, prunes, raisins, kale, pumpkin seeds
What it is: Ubiquinone, also called Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, is a natural, powerful antioxidant that’s naturally produced in the body. It’s found in cell membranes in the heart, kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, adrenal glands, and the pancreas. Coenzyme Q10 is essential to our health, but unfortunately, our body’s level of the enzyme decreases with age.
What it does: Like all antioxidants, CoQ10 can help boost heart health and cut your cancer risk; it can also reduce the incidence of migraines by up to 50 percent, and fights periodontal disease. It keeps skin firm and smooth, and reduces the severity of wrinkles.
To eat: Pistachios, walnuts, mackerel, salmon, sardines