AGING, ANTIOXIDANTS AND FOODS

 WHAT IS AGING?

Aging is a process of growing older. The most common symptom of aging is wrinkles and gray hair. However, the actual process is too deep and related to a number of other symptoms and changes in the body. Aging affects every part of the body from the skin, to bones, joints, digestive system, nervous and excretory system.



There are a number of mechanisms that explain why and how aging occurs, and one mechanism or reason for aging is " Reactive oxygen species"(ROS). So according to various studies these ROS oxidizes and damage the cell membranes, proteins, and nucleic acids. Accumulation of ROS may result in an early incidence of aging. There are a number of established brands that emphasize including antioxidants in foods as well as in various beauty products as they slow down the aging process.

So, the best idea to slow down aging is taking foods that scavenge these free radicles and promote collagen production for plumper skin. 

There are no scientific studies that demonstrate how these foods are related to anti-aging. But there is a generalized fact that people including these foods to their diet on a regular basis have more youthful and plumper skin.

Papaya 



Papaya is an excellent source of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin A, C, K, and E
Antioxidants in papaya neutralize the reactive oxygen species and delay the incidence of aging.

A study demonstrates that how fermented papaya preparation has shown neutralization of reactive oxygen species, and an increase in telomere length and thus shown prevention in age-related molecular damage in mouse modal.

Papain a proteolytic enzyme obtained from papaya is used in a number of beauty treatments done for dead skin removal and skin tightening.

Red bell peppers



Red bell peppers rich in powerful antioxidants called carotenoids that are responsible for the bright red, yellow, and orange color of fruits and vegetables.

It is also rich in Vitamin C that promotes collagen production. Collagen is the building block of skin whose production promotes healthier and plumper skin. Bell peppers also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Berries



Berries include strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, which are rich antioxidant anthocyanins responsible for their vibrant and dark colors. 

These antioxidants not only provide longevity but also fights against the skin damage caused bt various reasons such as sun damage, stress, or due to environmental pollution.

Broccoli



It is known to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Rich in numerous vitamins and minerals such as;
  • Antioxidant
  • Lutein
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C and K
Vitamin C promotes collagen production which is the crucial protein responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin. Antioxidants prevent any cellular damage to the skin. Thus, prevents the early onset of the aging symptoms.


Other foods that may prevent antiaging with similar or different mechanisms are:

  • Spinach
  • Nuts
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pomegranate 







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