Glendale, CA (PressExposure) July 06, 2015 -- There are certain foods that can greatly help the appearance of the skin; smoothing wrinkles and fine lines and easing skin dryness. These include healthy proteins, especially oily fish like salmon, as well as quality fats like avocados, almonds and olive oil, and the vitamins A, B, C and E.
The famous Vitamin C can significantly enhance skin health and appearance and is becoming known as an anti wrinkle vitamin. It helps to increase collagen levels in the body, which is the body's most abundant protein. Collagen acts to connect the body together and is found in skin, hair, nails, bones and muscles.
Vitamin C is not produced naturally in the body and must be obtained from sources like citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, berries and vitamin supplements. Collagen declines in the body after age 40 and can be depleted by a high sugar intake, fast foods and smoking.
In support of vitamin C as an anti wrinkle vitamin, a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition announced the results of researchers from the United Kingdom. They discovered that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled skin appearance and skin dryness. Vitamin C majorly improved overall skin appearance in a study of 4,025 women aged 40 to 74.
Vitamins A and E can are also beneficial the skin. In one research study from "Cosmetology", various skin creams containing 5 percent vitamin A (in the form of retinyl palmitate) and 10 percent vitamin E (in the form of alpha-tocopheral acetate) were shown to increase skin moisturization and cellular renewal and to decrease skin wrinkling.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the "Universal Antioxidant". It is made in small amounts in the body and is found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, canola oil, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, walnuts and walnut oil. ALA acts as a powerful antioxidant and as a scavenger of both water and fat-soluble free radicals. It spares levels of other antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, which are naturally present in cells and it works to increase their levels.