If there ever was a time machine that could take a woman back in time, she would surely want to steer it back towards her days of youth. The glow of the skin, the spring in the step, the sparkle in the eye…who wouldn’t want all that back again!
Until such a machine gets made, women meanwhile have another alternative in antioxidants. Antioxidants are said to be the body’s best friend in fighting the destructive effects of aging. Because they combat free radicals that damage the skin, antioxidants are a great benefit to the skin, repairing it and protecting it.
Foods high in antioxidant content can help stall the process of aging, not only of the body but also of the brain. Antioxidants are of different kinds, such as flavonoids, vitamins A, C, E and polyphenols, and are abundantly found in whole foods, such as legumes and beans, berries, spinach, and various other fruit and vegetables. Red wine, green tea and cocoa also contain healthy amounts of antioxidants.
It is easy to incorporate foods rich in antioxidants in your diet. Including five servings of fruit and vegetables every day is a great way to kickstart your anti-aging diet program. If you find that is too much for a day, then you can snack on a few antioxidant-rich pecans and walnuts during the day or add nuts and berries to your breakfast. You can vary these on a week-by-week basis by mixing and matching low and high value foods to make your race against aging interesting and fun.
Rules of thumb:
? Although antioxidants are good, it is wise to eat them in moderation. Very high quantities of some antioxidants may have harmful long-term effects.
? The process of cooking the antioxidant food can affect its nutrient value. Tip: choose steaming over other methods.
? While adhering to an antioxidant-rich diet, it is wise to watch the other things that you eat as well. Binging on junk foods at the same time can negate the good effects of the antioxidants.
? The previous rule applies to smoking and excessive alcohol drinking too. Both can release harmful free radicals into the body, thus countering the effects of antioxidants.