Zap Those Wrinkles
By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD
New research gives us yet another good reason for filling up on low-calorie, antioxidant-rich fruit and veg.
A study published in The Dermatologist, a German magazine, has found that people with high levels of antioxidants in their blood have fewer wrinkles and look younger as a result.
But don’t be tempted to try antioxidant supplements. The authors warn that an overdose of antioxidants through supplements may actually make wrinkles worse!
It’s well known that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help to keep skin healthy.
Vitamins C, E and beta-carotene – found in a variety of fruit and veg – all act as antioxidants and work their magic by mopping up an excess of potentially harmful free radicals. If left to build up, free radicals can damage cells, increasing the risk of health problems such as heart disease and cancer, but also resulting in premature ageing. It’s worth remembering that being overweight can also be ageing – so shifting those extra pounds can also help to shift those extra years.
And of course fruit and veg are ideal foods because not only are they packed with wrinkle-zapping antioxidants, they’re also low in both fat and calories but high in filling fibre, making them perfect for slimmers.
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