Dark, leafy greens are among some of the healthiest vegetables available to us. Many of them are part of the cruciferous vegetable family that includes cabbage, spinach, and broccoli among others. These are incredibly important to ensuring that we’re eating healthy diets, but it turns out that many of us are giving them even less credit than they deserve. These vegetables are so packed with healthy nutrients that they are potentially a good dietary way to help reduce the signs of aging. How can vegetables offer such a potent benefit, though? To understand this requires examining what all is present in the vegetables that make them so good. You might be surprised to find out that much of what can be so good for helping against the signs of aging are things that the skincare industry is already using in its products. In fact, after we’re done taking a closer look you might just want to take a closer look at some of your favorite anti-aging products and see just how much overlap is there.
A lot of dark, leafy greens are surprisingly high in vitamins A and C with some E to added in with some options. All of these vitamins are among the most important skin-friendly vitamins available. We routinely put them in products specifically because of that. Anti-aging products, in particular, tend to lean heavily on versions of vitamins A and C. Both of these are intimately tied to your body’s ability to produce collagen. Collagen, as a primary structural protein in the body, gets used in many places. It degrades as we age though and collagen production begins to lower. We can see this easily in our skin as wrinkles begin to form more readily with the loss of collagen. However, difficulty without joints is also associated with a loss of collagen to help keep them moving smoothly. As a result, eating dark, leafy greens for your share of these vitamins helps reduce both visible and invisible signs of aging.
The vitamins we’ve highlighted are excellent ways to help your health all on their own thanks to what they do for your body, but you’re getting a lot more along with them. Dark, leafy greens tend to be packed with antioxidants as the pigments found in vegetables tend to be rich in them. Some of the vitamins even double duty by also providing a further amount of antioxidant action to your system. Antioxidants are important in anti-aging as they help to neutralize a major source of collagen degradation in the body: free radicals. These are typically introduced via UV rays and other sources that are less healthy such as smoking. Free radicals tend to be a source of constant, low level damage when present in your body. Neutralizing them with a good diet and products helps to reduce the various signs of aging by helping reduce that constant damage.
Many of us don’t think of fiber as something that is beneficial to anything other than our digestive tract. This is unfortunate because it technically gets used by the body in many ways that benefit our health. A very particularly one important to anti-aging is that fiber helps to regulate blood sugar spikes and thereby inflammation. No matter how good our diet is there are always sources with more sugars than the rest. Additionally, most of us reward ourselves from time to time as well. There’s no shame in any of this, but the spikes brought on by sugary things lead to the potential for inflammation throughout the body from the spikes. Fiber works with your body to help smooth out the spikes from the foods you’re eating and keeps things within an easily manageable range. Helping cut down on inflammation directly helps by reducing the amount accidental damage to your skin that you diet can cause over time.
Dark, leafy greens are one of the surprising secrets to fighting the signs of aging. The vitamins and other compounds within them are perfect for the job. They support the body’s natural systems for repair while helping to minimize potential problem areas that many of us don’t think about. Just try to think of this as a strong recommendation to have salad regularly.