Did you know some vitamins may help you fight gravity? And minerals and enzymes can lend a lifting hand, too. All these substances are antioxidants, and antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging healthy skin cells. They do this by supplying electrons to the unbalanced free radicals -- antioxidants are actually molecules that help neutralize free radicals. They are vitamins (vitamins A, C and E), minerals (more on that later) and proteins (enzymes) found in darkly-colored fruits and vegetables (the dark fruits and vegetables contain the most beta-carotene and anthocyanins), nuts, and legumes.
Antioxidants may not only help to prevent free radicals from damaging cells -- some recent studies find they may also help reverse damage that's already been done. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, shows promise in stimulating cells that generate collagen. And our cell membranes absorb vitamin E, which can not only repair damage but help prevent future damage from occurring.
We mentioned that wrinkle-fighting antioxidants are found in darkly-colored fruits and vegetables -- let's find out about other foods that fight wrinkles, next.