Anti Ageing Food: From A to Z

LARASATI OETOMO on WINE & DINE

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You are what you eat What you eat defines your age.

Everyone desires to look healthy and youthful. There are various ways to achieve it - be it beauty treatment, diet, or exercising. Among all, the core of healthy and youthful looking is presented on your lunch plate. A balanced and smart food choice, in combination with proper amount of sleep and workout, define how you look on the outside and how you feel in the inside.

Perhaps one already know the magic of foods like green tea as anti-ageing mojo. However, there are actually a lot, like a lot, of food choice that works like magic on maintaining the youthfulness of our skin and prevent aging signs. For an easy guide, we list up for you each of these foods in alphabetical order, from A to Z!


A - Avocado The antioxidant and sugars in avocado helps forming collagen, a protein bond that is works to eliminate wrinkles, heal scars, and reduce spots.

B - Blueberries Prima Donna of berries, blueberries contain more antioxidant than any other fruits.

C - Carrots Not many knows that vitamin A contained in carrots helps restoring and regenerating damaged collagen.

D - Dark Chocolate No other plant in the world can resemble the flavonoid configuration in cocoa, which we can taste in dark (and only dark) chocolate. It is an antioxidant that benefits cardiovascular system.

E - Eggs Eggs, mostly the yolks, contain nutrients that prevent body-tissue and eye degenerative diseases.

F - Fatty Fish Fatty fish, or cold water fish like salmon, tuna, and cod are great anti-inflammatory food source. The lean protein and fats contained in cold water fish like Omega-3 are so good to maintain the flexibility and regeneration of body tissue.

G - Green tea The leaves contain catechins, one of the most effective compounds to prevent sun damage, and polyphenols, bonds of antioxidants that fight free-radical damage and reverse the aging effect.

H - Hemp The seeds and oil of hemp are natural emollient that helps your skin retain moisture and reverse the effects of aging, almost like olive oil does.

I - Incaberry Just like blueberries, incaberries also have more antioxidant that almost any fruit in the world, where most of the antioxidants found in the seeds contain more fibre than any dried fruit.

J - Jujube The extracts of this exotic food are used in skin care products used to counteract wrinkles,moisture skin, and treat sunburn pain.

K - Kale Vitamin K, potassium and lutein contained in kale help maintaining healthy bones and vision - essentials to age gracefully.

L - Lentils The seeds have essential amino acids to meet all of your protein requirements. It is also rich in with fibers and phytochemicals.

M - Mushroom It is one of very few food that contains natural Vitamin D, the vitamin most people don't get enough of. Vitamin D is the ultimate nutrition for strong and healthy bones and skin.

N - Nuts Nuts like almond and hazelnuts contain fatty acids that improve the moisture of your skin and prevent inflammatory damage on it. Specifically, walnut is very effective in slowing degenerative symptoms.

O - Olive Oil The healthiest oil in the world - soaked in Omega-3 that improve blood circulation, leaving your skin blushing and supple.

P - Pomegranate Other than rich in polyphenols, pomegranate is the supermodel fruit for its capacity to preserve collagen, the subdermal connective tissue that leaves your skin flawless and healthy.

Q - Quinoa One of very few food choice that have complete protein requirements of human body that improve skin regeneration, firming, and muscle toning.

R - Red wine Red wine contains a potent antioxidant called resveratrol that prevents heart and brain degenerative diseases.

S - Spinach Spinach is rich in beta-carotene and lutein, the two nutrients that are shown to improve skin elasticity by preserving collagen.

T - Turmeric Has long been known as beauty mojo in many cultures, the curcumin in turmeric increases the antioxydant capacity in our body, fights age-related diseases, and improves stressed mood.

V - Vegetable Spaghetti Finally, delicious and gluten-free food! Vegetable spaghetti is  good source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B and C, potassium, manganese, and fibre.

W - Watermelon The lycopene contained in waterwelon acts as a natural sunblock, protecting it from the damage and aging effect of the sun, and nurture the skin.

Y - Yogurt A cup of yogurt before sleep helps you to replenish and rebuild body cells.

Z - Zucchini This cucumber-like vegetable has unique combination of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, folate, and vitamin B complex that are perfect for metabolic circulation, skin repairing, and slowing down aging process.

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