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They are also full of Vitamin C and E, fiber, potassium, folic acid and calcium. They contain dark pigments called anthocyanins, which are important flavonoids that help protect and strengthen the walls of small blood vessels, preventing thread veins.
Blueberries have extremely high levels of resveratol (a natural chemical that protects against inflammation and slows down ageing), as well as many other health benefits we have mentioned in previous articles.
Cellular hydration comes from the water we drink, not from the moisturizer you put on your face. So water literally hydrates the skin, flushing out harmful toxins, eliminating fine lines and reducing puffiness.
According to research from the US, prunes can protect against premature skin ageing because they mop up more free radicals (cells that attack and damage other cells), than any other fruit. [Prior RL, et al. Can Foods Forestall aging? USDA-ARS Human nutrition Research Center on aging at Tufts University. Agricultural Research. February 1999]
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that contains a useful antioxidant called sulphoraphane. This antioxidant detoxifies and eliminates harmful free radicals. When combined with selenium (a mineral found in oily fish, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, onions and garlic), it is 13 times more effective at fighting the free radicals that cause ageing.
Broccoli has a high protein content which is good for maintaining healthy cells. It is also high in Vitamin C, folic acid and Beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A, and can keep the skin looking clear and healthy, especially if you've got acne.
Bean and Pulses
Eating beans and pulses stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin and it retains water in skin cells, therefore acting as a moisturizer, keeping the skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Hyaluronic acid decreases as the skin ages, so it needs to be replenished regularly.
Beans are digested by our bodies slowly, so they provide a gradual increase in blood sugar levels, rather than sharp highs and lows. This means that less insulin is produced, and too much insulin can have an ageing effect on the body.
Beans and pulses are also a great source of fiber. Pulses contain high levels of protein which is necessary for healthy collagen production (this is found in skin, bones and tendons and literally holds the skin together), as well as for new cell development.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants that can help reduce wrinkles. They also contain mannoheptulose, a special kind of sugar which, unlike ordinary sugar, does not stimulate insulin production.
If you eat an avocado with another vegetable or salad, it will take in four times more lutein, eight times more alpha-carotene, and thirteen times more Beta-carotene, which are all great for eyesight.
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