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Anti-ageing nutrients: Foods to add to your diet to slow ageing
By Tasso Konia
What you eat has a significant impact on how you look and how faster or slower you age. While smoking and drinking can reduce oxygen and nutrient supply to your skin cells, causing wrinkles and other age signs, eating an antioxidant-rich diet can promote longevity, slowing ageing. Similarly, junk food can induce inflammation, which can worsen the ageing process and result in wrinkled and damaged skin. Consuming entire meals such as whole grains, whole wheat and brown rice, eggs, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and some spices can benefit the mind, body, and senses.
In her most recent Instagram post, nutritionist Lovneet Batra highlights how foods high in antioxidants, healthy fats, essential vitamins and minerals may rejuvenate our skin, which is often a sign of our overall health. She advises including the items listed below to help nourish your body and reverse ageing.
Curcumin: Due to its antioxidant properties, this turmeric compound is recognised to have powerful cellular protective capabilities. Senescent cells accumulate as one age, which is believed to accelerate ageing and disease progression.
Green tea: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a well-known polyphenol compound concentrated in green tea. This compound promotes longevity and protects against age-related disease.
Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a polyphenol antioxidant that promotes longevity by activating certain enzymes called sirtuins. Resveratrol is found in Peanuts, Pistachios, Grapes, Red Wine, Blueberries, Cranberries, Cocoa and Dark Chocolate.
Lycopene: It is an important component of human blood and tissue and can help protect the skin from sun damage when ingested. Processed tomatoes have the highest amounts of lycopene, but watermelon, pink grapefruit, and fresh tomatoes are also good sources.
Make these nutritional changes in your diet to ensure you age beautifully and not before time.