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Anti-Aging Foods

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Aging is something we all struggle against, but you can improve your vitality, overall health, prolong and improve the quality of your life but adding certain foods to your diet. These foods can lower the risk of age-related illness and prevent diseases. Many of these foods contain antioxidants, which protect cells against free radicals, which diseases such as cancer as well the cosmetic effects of aging such as wrinkles.

Fish

Fish is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which protects against heart disease, decreases the risk of arrhythmia and lower blood pressure. It also decreases inflammation, a property many anti-aging foods have; this is not inflammation resulting from a sprained ankle but tissue aggravation that leads to chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the highest quantity in coldwater fish like salmon, herring, tuna and sardines. Studies show a 40% decrease in mortality when a person consumes 2-3 servings per week, the recommended serving endorsed by the American Heart Association.

Red Wine

Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which is thought to prevent blood clots, decrease bad cholesterol and improve heart health by protecting the arteries and the lining of blood vessels. The recommended amount is 5 oz a day. While white wine does contain some reveratrol, the amount is significantly lower because red wine stays in longer contact with the skin of the grape, which not only gives it its red color but its antioxidant properties. Grape juice is also a great source of reveratrol.

Dark Chocolate

Good news for chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other food. Flavanol, derived from the cocoa bean, protects you from the harmful effects of UV exposure by increasing circulation in the skin tissue and helping it retain moisture, decreasing wrinkles and giving you a younger appearance. It also keeps the heart healthy by preventing blood clots from forming, maintaining blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks. Only dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa) has these properties as the processing used to make other chocolate strips it of antioxidant property.

Tea

Green, black, white and oolong teas –leaves from the Camellia sinesis plant - contain polyphenols which contain antioxidants, fluoride and caffeine. In addition to decreasing the risk of heart attack and boosting the immune system, tea protects tooth enamel and fights age-associated memory loss.

Fruits and Vegetables

You will find the best anti-aging properties in the darkest and most colorful fruits and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables like kale contain lutin and zeaxantin which protect against the side effects of UV as well as boosting the immune system. Dark berries, like blackberries, promote cell health and have been shown to protect against cancer. Among its many properties, blueberries have been shown to reverse neurodegeneration and increase memory cells. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer by 25%.

Other Anti-aging foods

Beans, Nuts, Whole Grains, Garlic, Avocado, Yogurt and Coffee

Just by adding a few off these foods a week can help with the anti-aging process.

Here's to your wellness,


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