The types of foods we eat and the products we apply and use for our aging skin care regimen can be truly age proofing. The best trick I know is to consume more of the colorful antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables. They are rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, which provide the skin a natural sun protection from the inside out. Flavonoids are plant derived antioxidant substances known to reduce dark circles as well as reduce the puffiness around the eyes. However, the human exposure to flavonoids through dietary means largely depends on the bioavailability which differs greatly between polyphenols.
Flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids, have demonstrated antioxidant effects, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-viral, anti aging, and anti-carcinogenic activities. They are used for treating skin aging, as they appear to improve collagen and, to a lesser degree, elasticity, roughness and skin hydration.
Flavonoids prevent the destruction of collagen, attack harmful free radicals, lower the risk of sun damage, prevent inflammation and oxidation, and in some extent, can even lower the risk of cataracts. They seem to regulate oil gland secretion.
Flavonoids are found in berries, citrus fruits, cocoa, green tea, parsley, red wine, and soybean. Your skin will look younger and you will also notice that you’ll feel healthier when you eat nourishing, colorful, fresh organic produce.
Recent studies have shown that flavonoids from licorice roots are effective in treating hyperpigmentation. The quest for beauty is a constant journey, which could be of paramount importance, especially for women.
The art of beautifying oneself can be as simple as eating an apple a day. You still remember that saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” don’t you? This mysterious beauty practice can be true after all.
While the ideals of beauty as far as body shape and weight loss are concerned, the most effective solution to prevent ageing and preserve youth is still nutrition and diet. It is likely the flavonoids have important dietary significance due to its phenolic compounds that made them a very strong antioxidant.
The flavonoids have the ability to scavenge and effectively mop up damaging oxidizing species or free radicals. In fact, a particular flavonoid called anthocyanin was the most active antioxidant, which you get from black beans.
Soybeans contain ingredients called flavonoids that are structurally related to the female hormone estrogen and show promise as skin lightening and collagen stimulating agents.
The apples are very potent flavonoids that help enhance the immune system. The skin of the apple is an excellent source of quercetin that provides 16% of your daily Vitamin C needs.
A 100 g serving is equivalent to small apple or 1 cup of sliced apple and contains about 9 mg of Vitamin C. An apple delivers the highest concentration of flavonoids, which are a subset of polyphenols.
The apples are low in sodium and calories, contains lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The skin of the apple contains significant amounts of power antioxidants and nutrients that slow down the visible signs of aging.
The apples have high water content and helps keep the body hydrated. The low sodium content of the apple helps the body flush out any excess water.
The fruit contains phytochemicals that prevent cellular oxidation and counters the effects of the harmful free radicals. The ascorbic acid found in apples also fights the damaging effects of the free radicals.
The apples contain pectin, which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The pectin in the apple is also the most natural way to promote the growth of bacteria in the digestive system.
The unpeeled fruit is an excellent source of folic acid, potassium, and Vitamin C. By eating apples, you help clean your teeth and massage your gums.
The flavonoids are responsible for the color of the fruits and vegetables. Tannins are flavonoids found in the skin of fruit and grapes that interact strongly with salivary proteins.
Good, natural, healthy food is the key to an improved quality of life and to an effective antiaging skincare. The chocolate or cacao bean is high in flavonoids and antioxidants that contain no sugar and between 12 to 50% percent fat.
The approach can be consuming more fish and leafy greens while cutting back on saturated fat. Eat more fish, eat less meat. The high amounts of saturated fat in our diets predispose our organs to oxidative stress and inflammation.
The flavonoids are a group of plant pigments that exert antioxidant activity that is generally more potent and effective against a broader range of oxidants than the traditional antioxidant nutrients Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc.
Consuming flavonoids as possible in your diet can mop up any type of free radial or oxidant that escapes the other protective systems. Flavonoids have a very beneficial effect on collagen, which is responsible for holding together the tissues of the body.
Flavonoids affect collagen metabolism with its unique ability to cross link collagen fibers, resulting in the reinforcement of the natural cross linking of collagen.
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Flavonoids prevent free radical damage with their potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging action. They inhibit destruction to collagen structures. Almost all vegetables and fruit contain flavonoids, which you should be careful in cooking because they are sensitive to heat and destroyed if cooked.
Here is one secret I can share with you. The flavonoids are mainly localized in the outer tissues, skin or peel of fruits, tubers and roots. Therefore, it is possible to reduce or prevent skin damage associated with free radicals by using antioxidants and flavonoids. One of the flavonoids, hesperidin, is a superb antioxidant and antimutagenic.
Most flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals and prevent them from damaging cells and DNA. Eat pretty and stay beautiful forever! Try to eat more vegetables and fruits to support your antiaging skincare goals.