10 Age Defying Beauty Bites

According to Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, beauty really does come from within. Everyone knows that eating well makes you feel better and keeps you in top shape, But don’t underestimate the power of certain foods when it comes to beauty and looking youthful. Read on for a list of foods that will keep them guessing your age. —

Edamame: Collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free, begins to decline in your 20s. Eating edamame, a food rich in soy, can help preserve collagen. Soy contains isoflavones, a natural compound that is capable of exerting estrogen-like effects.

Tart Cherry Juice: Who knew this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does. And melatonin promotes sleep. Beauty sleep — enough said.

Oysters: These shellfish are filled with selenium and zinc, which both possess skin-clearing properties. Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for its role in cell growth and cell replication. Selenium is a dietary mineral that increases your antioxidants levels. Antioxidants are critical for preventing blocked pores.

Honey: This sweet treat is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts water.  When it comes to your skin, consuming honey helps draw water from the mineral tissues to the surface of the skin, keeping it moisturized, supple and flake-free.

Sweet Potato: Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A.  Vitamin A prevents hair from becoming dull and lifeless and your scalp dry and flaky — which can result in dandruff.

Cantaloupe: Very high in antioxidants, you’ll keep your eye health on point and since it is rich in vitamin C immune health is increased. That means fewer colds leaving you weak and sluggish. Finally, this power fruit protects you from free radicals at the cellular level.  

Brazil Nuts: All you need to eat are four of these a day to need the daily requirement. Packed with selenium, Brazil nuts protect skin against age spots and sun damage. Be sure to keep them in the fridge; once shelled they spoil.

Roasted Chickpeas: Packed with kaempferol and quercetion two inflammation fighters, chickpeas keep skin looking clear and even. Also as we age our metabolism slows down. Manganese and copper are two minerals that support metabolism at the cellular level.

Cucumbers: A cucumber a day keeps cellulite away. Not only are they delicious and packed skin plumping water but, when sliced and rubbed on cellulite prone areas they phytochemicals tighten collagen reducing the visibility of cellulite.

Guacamole: You can’t go wrong with avocados, which are great for your blood and bones. Oleic acid, the mono-unsaturated fat that is good for your heart makes up 59% of it’s total fat. It’s also great for skin and hair.