Here’s a new reason to eat more oily fish, fruits and vegetables to keep your heart healthy—having a healthier heart may help
you look younger. When researchers showed people photos of women about 60 years of age, they thought the women with the
lowest risk of cardiovascular disease looked two years younger compared to those with a higher risk.
The key to achieving a youthful appearance may be tied to your systolic blood pressure (that’s the top number). Researchers
think that when your blood pressure is too high, it may impede your skin’s microvascular system, responsible for delivering
nutrients and oxygen. When those beneficial elements aren’t delivered optimally, it may strain your skin and possibly
diminish that youthful glow. High blood pressure may also be linked to women who looked older because it’s related to other
lifestyle factors like stress and lack of exercise, which can be detrimental for your skin.
If you have high blood pressure (defined as any number higher than 140/90), don’t despair—there are several things you can do
to help lower your numbers. Try eating more potassium-packed fruits and vegetables and healthy fats like nuts and avocados.
Or try these other foods to lower
Maybe you already know that what you put in your body can affect how it looks on the outside, but the motivation to knock a
couple of years off your age may help you pay attention to keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range. Need even more
motivation? Other studies have found that women who led healthier lifestyles—less smoking and sunbathing and better
healthy-eating habits—had skin that looked younger. If you didn’t have reason enough to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables,
now you do.