The Anti-Aging All Stars: Antioxidants

Benefits-of-a-diet-rich-in-antioxidantsThough it may not be antioxidants first time on the beauty scene, they are (and always have been) a powerful anti-aging weapon with a significant record of accomplishment. They are the oldie but goodie among the many new age-erasing ingredients that come on and off the market. Skin care experts across the globe depend on antioxidants effectiveness to protect, prevent and reverse skin damage and aging.

The antioxidant cycle works to create a protective barrier against cellular damage from free radicals that cause the breakdown of elastin and collagen (aka aging!). Fueling the body with a daily dose of antioxidants helps to hinder the process that activates free radicals. By donating their own electrons, antioxidants counteract the damage and oxidation process that occurs.

Dr. Oz gives a great metaphor to explain the mechanics of antioxidants:

“A good way to understand what antioxidants are and why we need them is to think of the human aging process as being similar to an aging car: Over its lifespan, it will be driven over rough terrain, be exposed to rain, strong rays from the sun and possibly snow. Without regular maintenance and tender loving care, the aging car can be prone to rust as a result of a process called oxidation.”

Awesome_antioxidantsAntioxidants are truly a great source to prevent the signs of aging and many other things, such as helping with heart disease, weight management, inflammation, high blood pressure, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, high cholesterol, eye health and diabetes. What’s more? Antioxidants can also help to battle stress!

Do you want to up your antioxidant intake? Here is a helpful list of foods to gobble up in order to reap the benefits of the anti-aging all start, antioxidants!

  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Dried Oregano
  • Raw Elderberries
  • Wild Raw Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Pinto Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Prunes
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Plums
  • Raw Blackberries
  • Garlic
  • Raspberries
  • Red wine
  • Pomegranate
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Peanut Butter
  • Gooseberries
  • Goji Berry
  • Peanuts
  • Red Cabbage
  • Raisins
  • Blueberry juice
  • Guava
  • Oat Bran
  • Oranges
  • Prune Juice
  • Whole Grain bread
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Broccoli
  • Alfalfa Seeds
  • Lemons
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Green Tea

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