The Best Anti-Aging Foods to Add to Your Diet
Eat right, look younger—these seven anti-aging foods will boost skin health from the inside.
Best for Softening Skin: Pomegranates
This fruit is packed with vitamin C, which helps guard against the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Plus, says Debra Jaliman, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, the juice in pomegranate seeds contains both ellagic acid and punicalagin. The first is a polyphenol compound that fights damage from free radicals; the second is a supernutrient that may increase your body’s capacity to preserve collagen, the subdermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth and plump. (Related: The Best Foods for Good Skin)
Ideal dose of this anti-aging food: A cup of pomegranate seeds—not just juice—every week, suggests Jackie Newgent, R.D., a nutritionist based in New York City.
Best for Smoothing Fine Lines: Blueberries or Concord Grapes
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. Translation: They can give your skin extra protection against the skin-damaging free radicals that result from sun exposure, emotional stress, and even overexercising (especially running). Similarly, the dark purple skin and seeds of Concord grapes are loaded with polyphenols that may help keep your mind young and sharp. These powerful compounds help your arteries stay flexible, which may help improve blood flow to your brain.
Ideal dose of this anti-aging food: One-half cup of either violet-hued fruit every day will help to prevent the cell-structure damage that can lead to loss of firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Best for Firming: Kale, Spinach, or Swiss Chard
These vital veggies contain special phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, that help guard against damage caused by the sun. Spinach is loaded with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that have been shown to improve skin elasticity, according to a study in the journal
– Swiss chard leaves—and their leafy green cousins, kale and broccoli—are also packed with chlorophyll, a nutrient that can block the effects of cancer-causing chemicals.
Ideal dose of this anti-aging food: Every week, aim for three cups of either kale, spinach, or chard, or a combination of all three, suggests Newgent.