It is not only what you put on your skin that can help prevent wrinkles, but also what you put into your body. No amount of expensive lotions and potions will stave off the ravages of time unless you are eating the right anti-ageing foods. This means eating more antioxidants – foods that are rich in nature’s defence chemicals.
Antioxidants are important because they fight off free radicals – harmful molecules that are produced as a by-product of normal bodily functions and also stem from exposure to external toxins such as cigarette smoke, UV light and pollution. Free radical attack the cells in our body and speed up the ageing process. Antioxidants are the body’s secret in fighting back, which is why filling your bodies with antioxidants from the food we eat can help us looking young.
Studies have been conducted to find out which contain the most antioxidants, notably reports from Tufts University in Boston. The result was a scoring system known as the ORAC score – the more antioxidants a food contains, the higher its score. Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables tend to have the best ORAC scores.