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Foods for Anti-Aging

From age-defying hair styles to skinny jeans and wrinkle serums, there are tons of tricks out there that promise to instantly peel years off your looks- no exercise or plastic surgery required. But there’s one trick that really does make you appear younger- even standing stark naked without any makeup; and that’s grapefruit.

A study conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found that the scent of the pucker-provoking fruit can actually trick the male brain into believing that the women around them are six years younger than their actual age.

So how do you ensure that the citrus scent is incessantly infusing your man’s senses? Start with a bowl of grapefruit in the morning (grapefruit juice will do too), exfoliate your skin with pink grapefruit suds, and finally spritz on grapefruit essential oil perfume.

Of course, if your goal is to pull the grapefruit wool over the heads of more than a select few (like, say, at a holiday party or high school reunion), maybe stick to the serums. Or you can always go the pink grapefruit candle route to blanket the room with age-reversing scent and cover all your bases.

Smelling is believing.

Beyond the scent of grapefruit, there are lots of other ways to help minimize the appearance of age:

Free Radicals are  wrinkle-wary’s worst enemy. They can do major cell damage, weakening the structure of your skin and causing wrinkles, cellulite, droopy skin and everything you’re buying that expensive cream for. If not for vanity purposes, you should do what you can to fight free radicals because they can make you more prone to diseases and weaken your body’s ability to heal itself. Anti-Aging Antioxidants can help reduce the damage done by free radicals. Try there:

Antioxidants high in Vitamin C aid in the production of collagen and help your body repair and produce healthy tissue. Here are some foods high in Vitamin C:

Strawberry

Guava

Orange

Kiwi Fruit

Clementine

Raspberries

Lychees

Nectarines

Peppers

Spring Greens

Brussel Sprouts

Broccoli

Tomato

Green Cabbage

Potatoes

Fountain of Youth? Close. Carotenes have been found to be the most powerful antioxidant in increasing life span. These colorful foods may add years to your life:

Apricots

Avocado

Blackberries

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Cranberries

Sweet Potato

Pumpkin

Spinach

Beets

Summer Squash

Peaches

Grapes

What’s got you sneezing? Flavonoids help fortify your body against allergens, viruses and carcinogens. Try these:

Cranberries

Blackberries

Cherries

Bananas

Lemons

Apples

Pears

Plums

Peaches

Apricots

Kidney Beans

Pinto Beans

Walnuts

Soybeans

Tomatoes

Egglplant

Snap Peas

Okra

Broccoli

Dill

Parsley

Thyme

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