The best antidote to the signs of aging is food - specifically, foods packed with antioxidants and omega-3s to combat the passage of time from the inside out! Keep reading that we will give you two recipes for anti- aging antioxidant shakes that you can take regularly for this purpose and in general, for comprehensive health.
Why antioxidants are anti-aging
Labels for everything from chocolate to pomegranate juice to moisturizer extol the benefits of antioxidants. And we inform you that it is not just exaggerations. Study after study has shown that antioxidants help prevent cancer and heart disease, safeguard memory, reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, protect joints, reduce pain and muscle fatigue, prevent blindness caused by macular degeneration and cataracts, and they even prevent wrinkles.
That's amazing news, but it raises two big questions: What exactly are antioxidants? And how can this super antioxidant fight a wide range of health problems? These warriors of the world of health patrol every part of our body, repairing damaged molecules that, if left to run, would accelerate aging and disease. By the time you finish reading this, you want every food you eat, and every product you put on your skin, to be packed with antioxidant power.
So what foods should you consume to get the maximum anti-aging benefits? There are tons of foods that have anti-aging benefits, and ideally you should be consuming a healthy mix of all of them, although some are better eaten than juiced and vice versa. Antioxidant smoothies, antioxidant salads, antioxidant soups, a whole range of dishes can be made with foods that contain them and, eating them regularly ensures you reverse the effects of time.
Best anti-aging antioxidants
Scientists are discovering more amazing ways that antioxidants keep us alive and healthy every day, and they are still discovering new varieties. But the following have the most research to back them up. Fill your plate with the following nutrients and start scavenging those free radicals.
Selenium: Acts as an antioxidant and speeds up your body's natural antioxidant creation process. According to studies, it reduces the risk of skin cancer. Best Food Sources: Brazil nuts (95.8 mcg per nut), snapper (41.6 mcg per 3 ounce), and shrimp (33.7 mcg per 3 ounce).
Vitamin E: This vitamin prevents the ravages of time from appearing on our face. Best Food Sources: sunflower seeds (10.3 mg per ounce), hazelnuts (4.3 mg per ounce), and peanut butter (2.9 mg per 2 tablespoons).
Carotenoids: This pigment helps protect your eyes and skin from sun damage. Best Food Sources: Carrots, Pumpkin, and Spinach.
Polyphenols: They reduce oxidative stress that affects the skin. Best Food Sources: Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, kale (or collard greens / kale), also dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa content, the better), red wine, tea, and coffee. Green tea even has 8 to 10 times more polyphenols than the fruits that contain it.
Vitamin C: This antioxidant is the only one that stimulates collagen, neutralizes the damage by donating its electrons, thus minimizing the damage that a free radical can cause to skin proteins such as collagen or elastin. You can find this antioxidant, as we all know, in citrus fruits, especially orange and lemon. It is also contained in kale, broccoli, green and red peppers, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, pineapple, kiwi, mango, and Brussels sprouts.
Anti-aging antioxidant shakes
The following shakes are specially designed to be an antioxidant pump that will not only benefit your skin cells to begin rejuvenating them, but will also support other aspects of your health such as the heart, digestive system and kidneys, among other things.
Smoothie with blueberries and kale
· 2 cups frozen blueberries
· 1 cup unsweetened green tea
· 1/2 cup kale or collard greens
· 1 tablespoon of honey to sweeten or half a ripe banana
· 1 tbsp lemon juice
· ice to taste
Smoothie with strawberries and kale
· 1 orange peeled and diced
· 1/2 cup kale
· 5 frozen strawberries
· 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
· ice to taste
Blend all the ingredients until the ice melts. Serve in two glasses. You can consume it with breakfast or as a snack. The key to this smoothie is to freeze the fruits, as it makes it creamier.