Best Beauty Foods: This One May Surprise You
When it comes to filling your diet with the best foods, we know there are a number of ingredients that contribute to looking and feeling healthier for longer. Building blocks of the body, such as collagen, or crucial antioxidants, like vitamin C are already renowned for their beauty-enhancing benefits. But there is another everyday ingredient that may surprise you in its ability to help slow down the ageing process: fibre.
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What the research says about ageing
A study published in The Journals of Gerontology examined the effects of a number of ingredients – which included total carbohydrate intake, total fibre intake, glycaemic index, glycaemic load, and sugar intake – and found it was the fibre that made the biggest difference to what the researchers termed “successful ageing.”
What does that mean? Well, in this instance, successful ageing was defined as including an absence of disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke.
The researchers found that those who had the highest intake of fibre had an almost 80% greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up. So not only is fibre on the best beauty foods to add into your diet, it's excellent for longevity as well.
Slowing your ageing process
Boost your gut health, slow your ageing process and capitalise on the best beauty foods with a high-fibre diet. This means eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, bran and oats.
- Soluble fibre increases the consistency of the contents of our gut and slows down our digestion rate. This helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
- Insoluble fibre allows more water to bind to the stools, increases bulk and results in softer stools – useful for preventing constipation and for those who have irritable bowel syndrome or diverticular disease.
A combination of soluble and insoluble fibres provides “food” for our gut bacteria (stimulating their growth), bulks up stools, results in more regular bowel movements and enhances nutrient absorption, all of which helps us to age successfully.
And the good news if you're looking to add more of the best beauty foods into your diet? Some of our Beauty Gen collagen products contain various forms of fibre. You’ll find both soluble and insoluble fibre in our Beauty Greens products, plus a patented soluble fibre in our Collagen Coffee Creamer. Some of our sources of fibre include: Green Pea Fibre, Acacia Fibregum, Blue Agave Inulin, Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin, Apple Pectin, Oat Fibre, and Flaxseed. (Flaxseed is also a powerful omega-3 fatty acid, read up about its beauty and health benefits here.)
Supplement with Beauty Gen collagen and enjoy the beauty-enhancing benefits of not only our pure hydrolysed collagen peptides, but added fibre in many of our products as well.