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Tomatoes, lemons, chocolate: 10 anti-aging products

'05.06.2021'

Source: RBC Style

Nutrients help maintain health and beauty. Pay attention to the products from this list - they are available in most stores all year round, recommends RBC Style.

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Tomatoes

It is generally accepted that products without heat treatment are healthier, but with tomatoes the opposite is true: the pigment lycopene, which helps protect vegetables from the bright sun, is better absorbed from soup, sauce or baked dishes. Eating tomatoes has a positive effect on the skin, strengthens blood vessels and reduces the level of "bad" cholesterol. Scientists estimate that the average adult needs 22 mg of lycopene per day. Such an amount of substance is contained in a glass of tomato juice or two tablespoons of sauce. It is better to cook these dishes yourself, and not replace them with store-bought products that contain salt, sugar, flavor enhancers and preservatives.

Pumpkin seeds

Zinc in pumpkin seeds is a natural immunomodulator that protects against ultraviolet radiation. Zinc deficiency is often manifested in problems with the skin and nails. In addition, seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of serotonin, a hormone of joy. The inclusion of the product in the diet helps maintain a good mood, increase stress resistance and get rid of insomnia. Experts recommend consuming about three tablespoons of pumpkin seeds daily. It is important to remember that a raw product is healthier than a fried one: during high-temperature processing, useful essential oils evaporate and harmful free radicals appear.

Lemons

In addition to citric acid, bright yellow citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemons are good for iron deficiency and improve absorption from other foods. Sharon Moalem, MD and author of DNA Restarting, believes that vitamin C is critical to maintaining optimal genetic health and helping to maintain youthful skin. Scientists agree with this point of view. A study published in the medical journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who consume adequate amounts of vitamin C had smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. The recommended daily intake for adults is 60-90 mg. The juice of one fruit contains about 18 mg of vitamin C. You can drink water with lemon, add it to baked goods, desserts and main dishes.

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Ginger

Fresh ginger root is one of the champions among products for strengthening immunity. It contains gingerol, which has the properties of a natural antibiotic and fights some types of colds. Ginger helps eliminate upper respiratory tract infections, relieves inflammation and nausea. It enhances blood circulation, eliminates muscle pain after exercise and improves metabolism. Recent studies have shown that ginger helps with diabetes by lowering sugar levels. In addition, root crops are used to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Some evidence suggests that antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory reactions that occur in the brain.

Oily fish

Mackerel, salmon, sardine and salmon contain unique omega-3 fatty acids. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are necessary for the construction of bones and teeth. Fatty fish contain a lot of dimethylaminoethanol, a substance that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Studies confirm that the use of oily fish helps to maintain youthfulness and smoothness of the skin, prevents the appearance of wrinkles, improves memory and mood. To get all of these bonuses, it’s enough to eat about 150 g of fish three times a week or replace it with fish oil.

Butter

A quality product contains vitamins A, D and E, healthy fats and linoleic acid. Butter is useful for improving metabolism, optimizes bowel function and supports the immune system. Linoleic acid promotes better absorption of calcium and is used to prevent heart disease. Valuable qualities are inherent in a product that has not been pasteurized, so carefully read the labels when buying and do not exceed the dosage of 250 g per week.

In Indian cuisine, ghee butter, melted in a special way from cream while observing the temperature regime, is especially appreciated. It acquires the characteristics of animal fat, does not contain casein and lactose. Its anti-inflammatory properties contribute to the production of collagen, which keeps skin smooth and youthful. Ghee can be made at home if you take natural farm butter and strictly follow the heating recipe.

Chocolate and cocoa

Most nutritionists advise eliminating desserts when switching to proper nutrition. Good news: this does not apply to dark chocolate and cocoa. They contain substances from the class of flavonoids that fight free radicals and give an anti-inflammatory effect. According to studies, chocolate surpasses acai berries and blueberries in these qualities. Choose dark varieties with a minimum sugar content. Cocoa can be added to desserts and cereals, make a drink with natural sweeteners.

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Parsley

100 g of greens contains more than 5 thousand mcg of lutein - a substance that protects plants from sunlight and damage. When consumed, parsley works as an antioxidant by cleansing the body of free radicals, reducing inflammation, and supporting immunity and visual acuity. In addition, greens contain a lot of vitamin C, myristicin and chlorophyll. Parsley helps cleanse the blood and helps the body produce glutathione, an acid that determines the redox processes in cells. This is what helps to maintain the youth of the body and the beauty of the skin.

Beetroot

Thanks to folic and hyaluronic acid, water-soluble fiber and carotenoids, beets help rid the body of toxins, improve digestion and maintain muscle performance. Folate (Vitamin B9) is important for normal tissue growth and cell function. Potassium in the root crop helps lower blood pressure and improve heart function. Keep in mind that an excess of beets can adversely affect the kidneys. Doctors recommend drinking no more than 250 ml of pure beetroot juice per day, while the vegetable itself can be made the basis of borscht, stew and salads.

Almonds

Nuts are nutritious and high in nutrients. Each variety has special properties, so it is better to select them depending on the desired result. Almonds are high in flavonoids, fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin E and L-arginine. Nuts support the circulatory system and reduce the harm from smoking. In addition, almonds help maintain optimal weight and help the digestive system. Choose unpeeled and unroasted almonds, as their skins are packed with nutrients. Nutritionists advise eating 15-20 nuts a day or adding a small amount of almond oil to food, which is also popular in cosmetology. Almond milk is ideal for hot drinks, while shavings are great for most desserts.

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