Anthocyanins are the blue-red pigments found in blueberries. These powerful antioxidants protect the integrity of support structures in the skin and veins, which means stronger, healthier skin with fewer wrinkles. It also means stronger, healthier blood vessels, which help improve the nutrient and oxygen supply to your skin, giving it a radiant, healthy glow
Research has found that anthocyanins stabilize the collagen matrix, the main structure of your skin, by inhibiting enzymes that slice the collagen matrix. They also prevent free-radical damage to the matrix and encourage cross-linking of collagen fibers to form a more stable matrix. A healthy, stable matrix results in a firm, youthful-looking skin
Which Berry Is Best?
There are approximately 30 different species of blueberries. Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform blue color. Here’s a great trick when shopping for the best berries: Shake the container. If the berries move freely, buy them; if they do not, they are probably mushy, damaged, or moldy and should be avoided. Ripe blueberries should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, where they will keep for about a week.
Go wild! Wild blueberries pack more antioxidant power per bite than cultivated blueberries. Organic wild blueberries are even better. If you cannot find either, any blueberry is a better wrinkle-fighting snack than chips, chocolate bars, or candy
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Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, which is vital to collagen formation. When it comes to blueberries, you get a two-for one deal in this regard, as just one cup (145 g) of blueberries provides 30 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin C and is packed with anthocyanin superstars.
The cantaloupe belongs to the same family as the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash, three other skin-healthy foods. Bite into this delicious, nutrient-filled snack and say goodbye to wrinkles.
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When you think of vitamin C, you probably think of citrus fruits, but cantaloupe is a tremendous source of this wrinkle-fighting vitamin. In fact, just one cup (160 g) of this juicy melon supplies your entire recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which renders free radicals harmless, thus preventing them from damaging the collagen that provides structure to your skin.
Vitamin C is one of the ultimate wrinkle-fighting antioxidants because it not only stops free radical damage but it also regenerates vitamin E, another potent antioxidant in your skin. Why would vitamin E need regenerating? Because after disarming a free radical, vitamin E converts into its inactive form. Vitamin C can reactivate vitamin E so that it can disarm more free radicals and inhibit wrinkle formation.
Cantaloupe is also an excellent source of vitamin A. Because vitamin A is a fat-soluble antioxidant and vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant, cantaloupe offers your skin a dual-action approach to fighting free radicals. The body can create vitamin A from beta-carotene. A cantaloupe’s gorgeous orange color is due to its concentrated amount of beta-carotene, which effectively reduces free radical damage in skin cells.
In addition to vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, this sweet melon also offers you lots of potassium, vitamin B6, and folate, all of which support healthy, beautiful skin