An orange a day keeps wrinkles away

December 11, 2007

If you want younger looking skin, you may want to beef up on vitamin C-rich foods. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who had a higher dietary intake of vitamin C had fewer wrinkles than women who ate very little foods containing the vitamin.

The results made sense to researchers, who say that vitamin C’s antioxidant and photoprotective properties play a role in collagen synthesis.

The study also found that women’s skin fared better when their diet was low in saturated fats and carbohydrates and when they ate a diet high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found in many nuts as well as sunflower and safflower oils.

The results are further evidence that what we eat affects how our skin ages, say researchers.

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