Eat healthy, look younger – Relation between food and wrinkles

Have you realized that our skin is at relatively the highest risk for attracting harmful stimuli in all forms to cause damage to it? Scientists have identified two most significant factors which cause damage to skin;

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First is the exposure to oxygen through the rich blood flow present right beneath the superficial layer of the skin and the high oxygen tension which occurs on the skin surface. You must have heard of oxygen reactive species which increases the chance of skin damage to the skin. The close contact with high amount of oxygen thus makes it liable to contract oxygen mediated damages.

Secondly, your skin is a very light sensitive part of your body. In fact light is needed for proper functioning of dome cellular metabolism and differentiation in the skin. But, the photosensitizer cells which are useful for skin functioning are also a rich source of reactive oxygen species which can cause damage to the skin. These reactive oxygen species play an instrumental role in causing cosmetic aging to the skin by destroying the connective tissue present beneath the skin.

Good health and younger looking skin are thus empirically based on fundamental health of the skin, its effective functioning and adequate nourishment. Everyone realizes that healthy eating can keep the skin physiologically functioning and healthy but have you ever thought that some foods may even result in skin damage to the skin. Research studies have reported that certain food and nutrients intake bear a positive relation with the skin aging, appearance of wrinkles, inflammation of the skin and even skin cancer.

Read further to learn about the foods which are good for skin and those which may accelerate the process of aging in you!

Can food predict aging of skin?
Research data has clearly established that 8 out of 10 major food groups can easily predict skin wrinkling. It has been demonstrated that an increased proportion of oil (especially olive oil), legumes, fish, vegetable and cereals protect the skin from damage resulting from reactive oxygen species and sun. Similarly, it has also been clearly demonstrated that daily diet which comprises of meat, sugar and its products, dairy products can aggravate the problem of skin damage.

In fact, three food groups including of fruits, apples and tea along with others such as egg causes least skin damage. Nut, olives, crisp bread and soup are also associated with skin damage.

Food which prevent skin wrinkling
Studies have suggested that an increased incorporation of food groups such as vegetables, olive oil, fish, and legumes result in lesser skin damage. Those who take less amount of milk and coffee, and their diet comprises of high amounts of legumes, mousaka, eggplant, garlic, low fat yogurt and polyunsaturated fat have very less skin wrinkling. Incorporation of green, leafy vegetables, broad beans and cheese in daily diet is also known to cause very less skin damage.

The foods which have been considered to be protective against skin wrinkling are sardines, cheese, asparagus, celery, vegetable juice, cherries, grapes, melon, apple, pears, dried fruits, fruit salad, multigrain bread, prunes, tea, egg, skimmed milk, lima bean, spinach and lots of water. These food groups slow down the damage due to sun light.

Foods which cause skin wrinkling
It has also been found that raised intake of dairy foods, butter margarine, and sugar products are associated with the increase in skin damage. Smoking is also major contributor to an acceleration of skin wrinkling. High quantities of processed meat, pudding and other desserts, fat spreads have also exhibited considerable skin wrinkling.

Foods which are known to exacerbate skin damage or result in wrinkles are roast beef, meat, fried potato, cantaloupe, grapes, canned fruits, ice cream, cakes and pastries, jams and soft drinks.

Nutrients which are associated with skin wrinkling
The fat intake is positively correlated with skin damage and appearance of wrinkles. Unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, retinol, CoQ 10 minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc can prevent protect the skin from the effects of aging.

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, retinol, CoQ 10 is armed with antioxidant properties and is also effective in their topical use.

How does food work in aging and skin wrinkling?
Skin is made up of high quantity of lipids, proteins and DNA and hence easily capable of damage due to a chemical reaction known as oxidation. Vegetables, legumes and olive oil protect the skin from undergoing oxidation and hence stop the formation of wrinkles. Food combinations such as vegetables and legumes with olive oil also help in increasing the absorption of fat soluble antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin E and other compounds like iso flavonoids.

Fishes are also very good for skin since they have polyunsaturated fats which are good. When taken with cooked vegetables or salads, it brings out the antioxidants and other properties protecting the skin. Fish itself has rich quantities of antioxidants and a chemical known as carotenoids which affect the biology of the skin.

Hence it can be concluded that foods consumed definitely influences the skin wrinkling in people, especially the elderly population where skin is more prone to damages. It is yet to be established whether an increased intake of these foods may prevent the skin wrinkles to a large extent. However current evidences clearly indicate, “Eat healthy, look younger!”


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