What you eat has an influence on your body, your health and your life expectancy. Certains types of nutrient-rich foods can slow down cell ageing. Read on to find out what they are!
Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E
Go for fresh and ideally organic foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E.
In order to enjoy all these vitamins in a tasty cocktail, make your own ACE juice by juicing a mixture using a carrot, a lemon and an orange (for 1 person).
These vitamins (C, E and provitamin A), certain minerals (zinc, selenium) and polyphenols (flavonoids, tannins) are present in high quantities in numerous fruits and vegetables. They contain antioxidants that are very effective for slowing down skin ageing and preventing the development of cardiovascular or degenerative diseases.
When you buy products, buy organic if you can, in order to avoid exposing your organism, your cells and especially your skin, to the chemicals contained in pesticides, which have the opposite of the desired effect.
In the same way, to help develop the local economy while at the same time taking care of the planet, find out about the local producers in your locality so as to be able to go as a family to pick or choose your vegetables, fruit, meat and other products.
And why not make the most of it and help your children learn about farm life and the importance of sustainable and ethical farming?
The best sources of vitamin E
Certain foods are richer than others in vitamin E:
- Wheat germ oil (21 mg per 15 mls)
- unbleached almonds (9 mg per 60 mls)
- dry roasted sunflower seeds (8 mg per 60 mls)
- sunflower oil
- 100% cereal bran
- tinned tomato purée
- tinned sardines
The best sources of vitamin A
- braised or stewed turkey offal (10737 µg – micrograms – per 100g)
- sautéed or braised beef liver (7744 µg per 100 g)
- carrot juice (1192 µg per 125 ml)
- sweet potatoes with the skin, oven baked (1096 µg per 100 g)
- tinned pumpkin
- cooked carrots
- boiled spinach
- curly green cabbage
The best sources of vitamin C
- guava (199 mg per 125 ml)
- raw or cooked red pepper (101 to 166 mg per 125 ml)
- raw or cooked green pepper (54 to 132 mg per 125 ml)
- papaya (94 mg per 125 ml)
- kiwi (71 mg per fruit)
- orange (70 mg per fruit)
- mango (57 mg per fruit)
- raw or cooked broccoli (42 to 54 mg per 125 ml)
The minerals in leafy green vegetables
Leafy green vegetables (spinach, lettuce, leeks, cabbage, watercress, broccoli, turnips, etc.) are rich in minerals, particularly in zinc, a nutrient that is essential for the skin and the immune defenses, as well as vitamins C (antioxidants) and E (which reinforces the antioxidant action).
The best vegetable oils for the health and the skin
Certain vegetable oils have highly effective anti-ageing properties, as they contain a great deal of omega 3 and vitamin E, powerful antioxidants which fight against skin ageing:
- colza oil
- corn oil
- olive oil
- sunflower oil
- walnut oil
Certain oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, etc.) have the same properties as these vegetable oils, once they have been raised in conditions that respect the environment. To avoid nasty surprises, go for fish with a sustainable fishing label.
Muscles and other shellfish for their part are rich in selenium, another anti-aging nutrient.
Tea, cocoa, wine: the anti-ageing drinks
Wine, tea and cocoa, you will be delighted to hear, contain polyphenols.
Polyphenols aim to neutralise the free radicals that are most harmful to our health, which oxidises fat and can lead to the appearance of cardiovascular diseases.
A maximum consumption of one glass of wine per day, a few squares of dark chocolate a day or 2 to 3 cups of tea can reduce the risk of heart disease by 60%.
To preserve the youth of your skin and body, and more generally to stay in good health, it is recommended that you eat these foods in moderation, and above all, consume at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.