Raw, chopped, or diced carrots make a good snack. Take your salad from boring to bright with the simple addition of grated carrots. Carrots are very versatile; they are quite at home in soups, stews, salads, roasts, pasta sauces, or wraps. Never thought of pickled carrots? Give it a try with our recipe on page 246. Carrots are easy to include in your diet, and because they are a root vegetable that stores easily, these wrinkle-fighting vegetables can be a year-round treat.
Garlic has a mighty reputation to match its mighty flavor. This member of the lily family, whose cousins include onions, leeks, and chives, has been revered for thousands of years for its healthy, beneficial effects. It was given to slaves building the pyramids to enhance their endurance and strength, eaten by athletes in ancient Greece to improve their health and ability, and used for therapeutic purposes in India and China as early as the sixth century B.C. Today, thanks to research that validates its health benefits, garlic has gained unprecedented popularity.
Acne, injury, or exposure to toxins can cause skin inflammation, which causes a cascade of issues for the skin, including the presence of free radicals and other damaging compounds. Damage to the skin can reduce its resilience and destroy collagen that keeps it firm, leading ultimately to the formation of wrinkles. Reducing or preventing inflammation can reduce the risk of wrinkle formation.
Garlic can prevent inflammation. It contains compounds that can inhibit the enzymes lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase, which generate inflammatory messengers. These messengers emphasize inflammation in the skin and can cause more damage. Indeed, cyclooxygenase is targeted by common pain medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Garlic also targets cyclooxygenase, effectively curbing inflammation and reducing wrinkle formation.
Your Guardian: Vitamin C
Your skin will appreciate the vitamin C in garlic. This water-soluble antioxidant can help prevent damage in your skin and also boosts the levels of other antioxidants, making it all the more useful and powerful. One ounce of garlic contains roughly 15 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C
Protects Against Wrinkles, Vampires, and Cancer
Garlic contains a compound called ajoene, which researchers have found might be useful in treating skin cancer. A study in the Archives of Dermatology Research reported that ajoene, when applied topically, helped shrink skin cancers in a majority of the patients. Could eating garlic have the same effect?
Eating garlic introduces ajoene to your body, although it may not have as direct an impact as a topical application. It is clear, however, that eating garlic offers a number of health benefits to your skin and the rest of your body. One of these benefits, for example, is garlic’s ability to boost the immune system.
Kitchen Tricks for Garlic
Off-white cloves of garlic are arranged in a head, called the bulb. Both the cloves and the entire bulb are encased in paper-like sheathes that can be difficult to remove. A chef’s trick is to place the bulb on a cutting board and crush it with the heel of your palm to loosen the cloves. For ease in peeling them, use the side of your knife to place pressure on them. These two tricks can save you a lot of preparation time in the kitchen. Repairs and Rejuvenates
Repairs and Rejuvenates
Kale is a source of vitamin A, a nutrient used in topical prescriptions to help the skin. Vitamin A changes the structure of the skin, stimulating the formation of blood vessels and collagen the main structural component of your skin. Increasing the creation of collagen with vitamin A helps keep the skin strong, firm, and wrinkle-free. Blood vessels bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, ensuring that they can regenerate and repair. Regeneration and repair of skin cells enables the skin to maintain a strong, firm appearance.