Anti-Aging Fruits and Vegetables: Nutrition for Younger-Looking Skin and Hair

Mar 14, 2012 Categories:

The simplest, most cost-effective way to look younger is not in your pharmacy’s vitamin aisle and it’s not at the department store cosmetics counter either. It’s in your grocer’s produce aisle.

In an April, 2011 article printed on cnn.com, a reported half of all Americans regularly take some sort of vitamin supplement. The industry has ballooned into a $27 million a year profit stream for vitamin manufacturers and retailers.

But new research suggests that whole foods (an actual piece of fruit, vegetable or other non-processed food item) are the best form of getting vital nutrients to our bodies.

Based on a scientific principal of ‘synergistic phytonutrients,’ the sum of a fruit or vegetable works better together, to deliver the most optimal benefits of the given vitamin or mineral to your body. This means that all of the compounds in a piece of fruit or a vegetable work better together in your body to perform different jobs than taking the same individual vitamins.”

Scientists have determined that in addition to exercising and having a healthy lifestyle, the key to defying age is through a variety of anti-oxidant compounds.

According to Dr. Oz, below is a list of the top 5 age-defying fruits and vegetables:

Watercress: Looks similar to parsley and is usually stored near other lettuces in the produce section of your local grocery store. Mix into salads and use on sandwiches.

Apricots: Key anti-aging nutrient: Beta-carotene, which gives the skin a refreshed glow.

Cucumber: Key ingredient: Silica, which is naturally found in the vegetables green skin…no peeling your cukes! Leave the skin on for most impact. Aim for un-waxed cucumbers where possible. If not, you can wash this off with a simple water and vinegar combination.

Blood Oranges: Key ingredient: Vitamin C and antho-cyanine, which are both great antioxidants for skin and overall immunity.

Eggplant: A great source of protein and Antho-cyanin and Macunin, which are both shown to protect the fatty membrane of our brain cells. The here key is-you guessed it- in the peel, where the rich purple color is.

In conclusion, incorporating any variety of these fruits and vegetables into your diet can be as simple as spreading apricot preserves on whole wheat toast, adding cucumber to sandwiches, in place of lettuce or even picking up a container of organic eggplant dip (also called baba-ghanouj) for dipping with bread or fresh veggies. For better looking skin and nails, it's worth the trip down the produce aisle!

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