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Eat for Your Skin: Vitamin C Fights Wrinkles


We have all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a new study reveals that an orange a day may keep the wrinkles away. Yep. Eating foods rich in vitamin C, not taking supplements, seems to help prevent wrinkles. Researchers also found that diets high in linoleic acid, found in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, promoted younger looking skin by reducing dryness and thinning. Especially when compared to diets high in carbs and other fats.

The results from this study are by no means conclusive and many dermatologists are skeptical about the overall benefits of these two dietary elements. Genetics, ultraviolet light exposure and lifestyle all play major roles in aging the skin. I am a firm believer that diet is a large part of "lifestyle." If you are what you eat, your birthday suit is going to show it. Plus eating a diet high in vitamin C and the healthy omega fats isn't going to hurt you.

Aside from eating a healthy vitamin C rich diet, you should take care of your skin by: staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen religiously, not smoking and using a good moisturizer.

Fit's Tip: Just like eating foods high in calcium is better for your bones than taking supplements, eating foods high in vitamin C is more beneficial than supplements. Citrus fruits are high in this vitamin and check out this list of non-citrus foods high in vitamin C.

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