Forget the anti-wrinking creams and anti-ageing products that burn a hole in your pocket while claiming to keep your skin young and healthy. Instead try incorporating these food types in your daily diet and retain the natural glow of your skin.
Researchers have discovered that a certain compound could help reverse the effects of time by improving our metabolism, boosting our energy, and improving our insulin sensitivity. And it gets better: This compound is found in some fruits and veggies.
An animal study, published in Cell Metabolism, revealed that older mice that drank water supplemented with NMN saw improvements in metabolism and energy reserves. Interestingly, the enhanced water did not affect younger mice. That’s because our NMN supply diminishes as we age, so the older mice actually needed the supplement.
However, good things take time. So don’t expect instant anti-aging—the effects will likely occur over a prolonged period of time. Stick with your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which is about ¼ to ½ of your plate at any given meal.
FOOD HIGH IN NMN CONTENT
In the above mentioned study, the mice that drank the supplemented water actually ate more than the control group, and gained less weight. While we already know not to expect as dramatic results as in the study, it can’t hurt to stock up on tomatoes, avocados, edamame, broccoli, and cucumbers.
FOOD HIGH IN VITAMIN-B CONTENT
NMN is a derivative of niacin – vitamin B3. All of the B vitamins are important for energy, which includes giving us energy as well as boosting cell metabolism energy,” says Kristi King, MPH, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Niacin-rich foods include peanuts, mushrooms, and fresh green tea.
The phytonutrients found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like oranges, squash, carrots, and orange bell peppers can help improve your skin’s vibrancy and stop collagen breakdown in its tracks. Other antioxidant-rich fruitscan also keep your skin looking youthful. Raspberries and pomegranates contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has been found to reduce collagen breakdown in animal studies.
FOOD WITH HIGH OMEGA-3 CONTENT
In the aging process, usually you see an uptick in inflammation, but eating foods rich in omega-3s can help prevent that. Good fats found in almonds, seeds, fatty fish, and olive oil all help reduce inflammation.
Research shows that people who follow the Mediterranean diet have lower rates of cognitive decline and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease as they age. Armul cites Mediteranean staples such as olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and moderate amounts of wine as healthy bets for your brain.