5 Best Foods to Prevent Wrinkles

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If you have priced expensive wrinkle creams or plastic surgery lately, you may wish there was an easier and cheaper way to prevent wrinkles. Well, there is. The trick is nourishing your skin with the correct foods. Just make a few changes to your diet and your skin can look younger longer.

5 Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is high in B vitamins, which are needed for healthy skin. A deficiency of B vitamins can cause dry, itchy skin. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can help ensure you get enough B vitamins to keep your skin young and healthy looking. You can even blend a handful of dry oatmeal in a smoothie for extra nutrition.

4 Cocoa

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Really! According to a study published in “The Journal of Nutrition,” high flavanol hot cocoa, made from dark chocolate, can improve blood circulation to the skin, improve hydration and minimize damage from UV radiation. Consider replacing your morning coffee with hot cocoa since caffeine is known as a diuretic and may dry your skin out, which leads to wrinkles.

3 Salmon

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Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep skin plump and supple. It is also a rich protein source, which helps build healthy skin. Not fond of salmon? Other cold-water fish like mackerel, sardines and herring are good choices, as well. You can enjoy salmon grilled, broiled, baked and many other ways. If you think you don’t like salmon, give it another chance and you may change your mind. You can make a simple marinade with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallion and olive oil. Marinate for an hour and then grill or bake the salmon four minutes on each side.

2 Tomatoes

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Like cantaloupe, tomatoes are one of the highest sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps fight free radicals caused by the sun. Free radicals can damage your skin, but antioxidants can protect your skin by helping it to repair itself quickly. You already know you can enjoy tomatoes in a fresh salad, but have you tried them for breakfast? Slice the top off a medium tomato and remove the seeds. Sprinkle the inside with some Parmesan cheese. Then pour in a beaten egg seasoned as you like it. Bake it in a shallow pan at 400 degrees until egg is set.

1 Cantaloupe

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Higher vitamin C intake is associated with fewer wrinkles, according to a study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Cantaloupe is one of the best sources of vitamin C, with one serving providing more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance. For a tasty summer treat, slice a small cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds and fill with vanilla frozen yogurt. You can also add cantaloupe to a refreshing fruit salad or just enjoy it by the slice.

Kathleen Roberts has been a writer and editor since 1996, specializing in health, nutrition, gardening and outdoor living. She received her master gardener training at the University of Florida and has more than 20 years of experience with herbs and supplements.

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