Best Superfoods For Anti-Aging & Skin Health
When it comes to minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, age spots and other cruel reminders of the aging process, what comes to mind? For many people, it’s the creams, lotions, serums and other anti-aging products that are part of the half-a-trillion dollar per year cosmetics industry. (That staggering figure represents only the value of cosmetics in the United States!) [SOURCE]
Being vain, as we mentioned in this article on Intermittent Fasting, certainly has its advantages. When you feel better about your body image, your self-confidence increases. A more positive outlook, in turn, can boost overall health. But when it comes to having younger-looking skin, vanity costs a pretty penny.
A survey of 3,000 women from around the U.S. revealed that the average woman will spend anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000 on skin care throughout her adult lifetime.
Is your wrinkle cream that good?
Perhaps it’s time to rethink beauty, anti-aging and skin care. Rather than spending a fortune on skin care products, consider instead feeding your skin from the inside out.
You see, you are most certainly what you eat. And if you’re eating oily, greasy fast food, your skin will be greasy and too oily. But if everyday, you eat an overwhelmingly whole-food, plant-based diet, your skin could look much younger, more radiant.
Even if you’re in your 60s or beyond and your skin looks prematurely aged, it is possible to reverse the clock. Sorry, eating fried kale chips won’t magically erase your wrinkles. But if you consume superfoods at their nutritional peak in their raw form, the anti-aging benefits can border on the miraculous.
And the easiest way to get your daily dose of anti-aging, skin-beautifying nutrients is with BōKU Superfood powder.
Superfood powder contains an incredible 55 superfood ingredients. No other green powder contains this many nutrient-dense foods. The following are some of the ingredients in BōKU Superfood powder, and research that shows that consuming these health-maximizing foods protects your skin.
Best Foods For Wrinkles, Age Spots, Acne & Eczema
Consider this study in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity titled, “Preventive and Therapeutic Role of Functional Ingredients of Barley Grass for Chronic Diseases in Human Beings.” According to the study, barley grass is effective for the itchy inflammatory skin condition, atopic dermatitis. It also possesses anti-acne and detoxifying properties. “Barley grass may be one of the best functional foods … and the best raw material of modern diet structure…,” says the study. (If you read the other impressive benefits of barley grass in the study, you’ll know why it’s the #1 ingredient in Superfood.)
In a research article, Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Properties, published in the journal, Molecules, nettle leaf (aka stinging nettle) is especially beneficial for eczema.
Nopal, or prickly pear fruit is a potent acne fighter, and may be beneficial for those with sensitive skin. Its high antioxidant and phytochemical content help curb inflammation, which is a major contributing factor to acne. The compounds in nopal can also neutralize harmful free radicals caused by junk food and environmental stress. This action can prevent further aging of the skin.
Dark Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale and parsley, broccoli, and cabbage constitute the dark, leafy or cruciferous greens in Superfood powder.
According to a study, The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health, published in Nutrients, the green leafy vegetables you eat, the less skin wrinkling you’ll have. The nutrients in these veggies prevent extracellular matrix breakdown. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, giving your skin its structure. The structural integrity of collagen protein is this cellular matrix. So by preventing the breakdown of the matrix-like scaffolding of the skin, green veggies prevent the collagen from breaking down.
Also, the study shows that eating green leafy vegetables decreases your risk of skin cancer. “A higher consumption of fruits and vegetables was related to decreased risk of squamous cell carcinoma risk by 54%. This protective effect was mostly explained by the association with green leafy vegetables.”
In an observational study from Italy, eating dark green leafy vegetables at least three times a week was associated with a decreased risk of cutaneous melanoma.
As for kale, there’s a good reason the kale craze has lasted a few years and shows no signs of fading into fad territory…
Kale contains the carotenoid (antioxidant) called lutein, which not only repairs your collagen, it actually helps promote the production of new collagen. (There’s a good reason kale facials have become a popular beauty trend.)
In this study, the Beneficial Effects of Marine Algae for Skin Health (published in Marine Drugs), algae contains promising bioactive biomaterials for their various properties beneficial to skin, including antioxidant, anti-melanogenic and skin anti-aging properties.
Known as the “immortality fruit” in traditional Chinese medicine lore, goji berries, among many other anti-aging benefits may help prevent skin damage from sun exposure. In a study, Mice Drinking Goji Berry Juice (Lycium Barbarum) Are Protected From UV Radiation … well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? The mice were given a 5% goji berry juice, which significantly reduced the inflammatory swelling of the sunburn reaction.
Superfood powder contains 7 different types of sprouts, from the following: broccoli, pumpkin, flax, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and red clover. In a study titled, Sorting out the Value of Cruciferous Sprouts as Sources of Bioactive Compounds for Nutrition and Health, mice were fed broccoli sprouts every day for 13 weeks. The broccoli sprouts, suggest the researchers, protected the mice against the development of skin tumors.
Look, if we covered all 55 ingredients and every way that the compounds in them benefit your skin, this article would turn into a book. We didn’t even get a chance to cover the phytonutrient powerhouse berries in our formula or how the prebiotic fiber in these 55 superfoods helps your skin look beautiful from the inside out by feeding your good bacteria. That’s for another topic … or book.
Want radiant, younger-looking skin? Feed it from the inside out with Organic Superfood powder, the most complex green drink on the market. BōKU Superfoods has set the bar at a level that no other superfood company can come close to clearing. What’s in your morning green drink? Here’s what’s in ours:
SKIN FOOD: The Best Natural Skin Remedy
For those moments when you do need to protect and nourish your skin on the outside, use SKIN FOOD, the best all-in-one skin elixir. Skin Food contains a blend of bees wax, honey and propolis, and extra virgin oils of avocado and olive. Skin Food hydrates, preserves, and soothes bites, stings, burns, rashes.
Finally, I’ll close by saying that at BoKU, we practice what we preach. Look not a wrinkle on us … maybe just some smile dimples 🙂