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The Antioxidant-Best Foods to Fight Wrinkles

The Antioxidant-Best Foods to Fight Wrinkles

If wrinkles were a character in a soap opera, they would most definitely be the evil villain. Wrinkles are the evil, conniving antagonist who is always looking to start some drama! The drama in this soap opera takes place on a stage that is your physical appearance to the rest of the world...your face! In this soap opera, there are a couple of heroes that prevent wrinkles from taking over your face with their evil plan. These heroes are vitamins in the form of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants. They help your body be at its antioxidant best.

The Radicals that Wreak Havoc

Wrinkles aren’t the only ones working to carry out more evil on your face. Their best friends, free radicals, help them do some of their dirty work. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that are potentially harmful to the skin. They are created during normal metabolic functions and they are fueled by certain environmental conditions. Free radicals gain strength when you expose your face to smoking, too much sun, pollution and stress. Even though wrinkles and free radicals can’t always be completely stopped in their evil plot, there are ways you can prevent them from totally taking over your life...and your face. In this soap opera, wrinkles and vitamins have been life-long enemies. They especially don’t like vitamins A, C and E. Why? Because these vitamins like to pick fights with wrinkles’ best friend, free radicals. These vitamins reduce the amount of potentially damaging free radicals and help protect skin from aging when exposed to UV rays.

Vitamin A: The Nourishing Know-How

Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential to keep the skin, and eyes moist. The more dry your skin is, the more wrinkles will form. To avoid dry skin and to fuel your vitamin A intake, there are certain foods you can eat. Foods that are high in vitamin A are things like carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers. Vitamin A is strong because it has the ability to stay present in cooked food. If you don’t like eating raw carrots, you don’t have to worry about cooking them because you will still get your necessary dose of vitamin A. Vitamin A can also be found in various animal proteins, like fish, which also contributes to the maintenance of mucous membranes and promotes bone and tooth development.

Vitamin C: The Dependable Dependent

One of vitamin A’s most trusted colleagues is its good friend, vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for keeping things in working order. Even though vitamin C is great at keeping things organized, it often needs to lean on the human body for strength. Our bodies cannot make vitamin C on our own, so it is essential that we supply ourselves with it. Vitamin C helps hold body cells together, aids in wound healing, assists in bone and tooth formation, and strengthens blood vessel walls. It has limited storage capacity, though, which is why regular and adequate intake is essential. Foods that contain vitamin C are red bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries and oranges. Without a healthy dose of vitamin C, you can’t fight wrinkles because your body won’t produce antioxidants. Vitamin C needs your support in order to survive the drama of wrinkles and to help your body be at its antioxidant best.

Vitamin E: The Brawny Bodyguard

Vitamins A and C are also close with vitamin E. Vitamin E is the big brother of the group who protects vitamins A and C from destruction. Vitamin E is also the protector of cell membranes, essential fatty acids, and red blood cells.

In many ways, vitamin E could also be known as the great protector of your body. Without it, your body could not produce antioxidants in your skin that are used to protect your skin cells from UV damage. With a deficiency of vitamin E, your skin cells would become very weak and unprotected from the sun’s damaging rays. In order to keep the flow of vitamin E in your body going, you should eat foods like olives, almonds, spinach, blueberries and raw sunflower seeds. These foods give vitamin E the strength it needs to protect the rest of the vitamin group, as well as the rest of your body.

Enough with the Drama…

Wrinkles can be evil, but they can be prevented from spreading unnecessary drama all over your face. With a healthy diet that consists of the above mentioned food groups, your clan of heroes, vitamins A, C, and E will be ready to do battle against wrinkles as powerful antioxidants. With these vitamins, and a healthy diet from BistroMD you can fight the free radicals and stop the drama from turning into more stress on your face.

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