New research shows that certain foods not only help combat ageing, some of them may even help turn back the clock.
According to Dr Vincent, health expert and founder of antioxidant supplement, Renovatio, what we put in our mouths have a direct link to the way our skin ages.
"We all know that certain foods are good for us, but what many don't understand is that there are some foods that are not only good for us, they help our bodies to turn back the effect of time," he says.
"Some foods may even help us to look younger, because they assist in rejuvenation and regeneration of our cells, including skin cells."
Here, Dr Vincent reveals the best foods to combat ageing, so you can put on your shopping list, stat.
Vitamins and mineral-rich foods
While this sounds complex, by vitamin and mineral rich foods, we mostly mean fruit and vegetables. Dr Vincent states there is plenty of scientific evidence to show that regular consumption of fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of developing degenerative diseases including cancers.
"Fruit like papaya, watermelon, pineapples as well as veggies like spinach, broccoli, bok choy and cauliflowers are rich in these essential nutrients," he says. "Spinach is especially good for people who are vegan or vegetarian as it contains heme iron which is easier for the body to absorb."
Dr Vincent also suggests whole grain and complex carbohydrates like quinoa, wild black rice, sweet potato, purple corns are also important to get our daily intake of B vitamins.
Good and healthy fats
Gone are the days when fats were painted as the villain that could cause age-related diseases.
"Fats are important macronutrients for our body. Some fats are better than others when it comes to fighting ageing," says Dr Vincent. "Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids help with strengthening skin cell membranes, protecting against sun damage and giving skin a beautiful glow by preserving its natural oil barrier. Nuts, avocado and coconut oil are excellent sources for good fats," he says.
"Our cells are being attacked and bombarded constantly by free radicals and antioxidants help to protect our cells from this devastating damage," explains Dr Vincent.
"Apples naturally contain fisetin that helps not only to protect the cells but also promote cellular repair and regeneration. If you can't eat enough apples, then take a supplement like 'Activated Phenolics' which consists of 100 percent apples and gives your body a highly absorbable hit of antioxidants," he says.
Some of us associate collagen with anti ageing, but Dr Vincent says what we don't understand is that our body cannot absorb collagen that we eat or drink - our body has to synthesise the collagen itself.
"Protein-rich food provides the building block for the collagen production to keep skin firm and smooth. Good sources of protein can be animal-based such as red meat, fish, egg and pork or plant-based such as tofu, tempeh, legumes and soy," he suggests.
"My advice is, add some superfoods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your next shopping trip. Papaya one of these and it is known for its ability to improve skin elasticity and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," Dr Vincent tells. "Sweet potato, watercress and red bell peppers are also good for your skin."
He continues: "Many people who start adding these foods into their diet claim to see improvements in their skin, hair, memory and overall health and wellbeing."