The U.S. market for anti-aging products -- estimated at about $80 billion -- is expected to climb to more than $114 billion by 2015. But perhaps midlifers who have that "forever young" mindset should save their money. Experts say you can eat your way to a younger, healthier you. In general, you should replace fattening starches with whole grains and cover at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Here are seven foods that experts say could make you look and feel 10 years younger. What do you think? Let us know in comments.
Even just one orange a day can help you feel younger. Not only is this delicious fruit packed with vitamin C, but it also boasts skin-firming collagen.
Just a half-cup of broccoli a day can make you feel energized while also boosting your immune system. Why? Because broccoli contains more than 2/3 of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Broccoli also has the nutrient sulforaphane, which helps with liver detoxification, and has properties that help fight cancer.
3) Low-fat yogurt
Low-fat yogurt has a variety of health benefits. It provides the calcium and phosphorus that can boost tooth enamel, which will make your smile even brighter. In addition, yogurt consumption appears to help reduce skin wrinkling.
4) Bell peppers
Bell peppers are chock-full of antioxidants, especially the brightly colored red, yellow and orange ones. Indeed, these peppers can boost immune function, ward off sun damage and even reduce your risk of several types of cancer.
All types of berries are good for you -- cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries -- but the darker ones are the best as they usually have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Berries also have a lot of vitamin C, which is good for your skin.
6) Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes offer an abundance of benefits, everything from antioxidants to anti-inflammatory agents. They also have vitamins A, C and E, which can help you maintain a lovely complexion and beautiful hair.
Carrots pack a lot of beta-carotene, which not only helps with skin-cell renewal, but acts as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are great for getting rid of free radicals that can make your skin age faster.
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