Today’s article is inspired by the recently published results of a 15-year long study out of The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology which found that in men and women aged 45+ a diet higher in antioxidants reduced skin photo-aging by ~10% as compared to individuals in that demographic with diet’s low in total antioxidant content.
Translation: Eating more antioxidant rich foods has the potential to significantly slow the skin aging process.
I’ll be the first to admit that the word “antioxidant” does get thrown around quite a bit and perhaps is misused or misunderstood in some circles, but even so the fact of the matter is that the antioxidant content of someone’s diet is considered a pretty reasonable indicator of diet quality and correlates well with other scales that measure this type of thing.
The goal of today’s article is to introduce you to a few foods that have an above average antioxidant content in the hopes it might inspire you to incorporate them into your routine, which would improve your prospects in terms of both skin and overall health.
Before we get to that though, let’s briefly discuss the topic of skin photo-aging and identify why it is an antioxidant-rich diet even has a role to play in slowing it down.
Skin Photo-Aging & UV Exposure
UV exposure is a significant external driver of skin aging because it stimulates the creation of what are known as reactive oxygen species (ROS).
These ROS compounds can damage the skin in multiple ways:
Dampening the immune response
DNA & cell damage
Degradation of collagen & skin fibres
This process, often referred to as “photo-aging”, is characterized by an increased presence of wrinkles and potentially slight discolouration of the skin ( referred to formally as “atypical pigmentation”).
Antioxidants help fight back against these processes which is why the best available evidence suggests that an increased presence of dietary antioxidants is an effective strategy to reduce UV-induced skin aging.
So where are all these wonderful compounds found?
Let’s explore that next.
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