Foods that Can Defy Aging

No need to spend a lot on anti -aging creams and products.(photo from http://www.healthylifestyleplus.com/body/anti-aging-diet-care-what-to-eat-to-stay-young/)

Many are willing to spend tons  of money to stay healthy and youthful looking, but  not many  of us knwo that by eating the right kind of food, we  would be able to , well , not excatly turn back the hands of time) but at least, delay aging. We don’t need supplements and anti-aging serums, but we just need to  tap on the  food sources around us. Antioxidants and nutrients from these  natural food sources are higher in proportion and are more easily absorbed by the body compared to some artificially produced anti-aging supplements.

Here are some food sources that you can easily find and are very rich in nutrients and health benefits:

  • Berries are high in flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins. A recent study concludes that  higher consumption of flavonoids, particularly from berries, appears to reduce rates of cognitives decline in older adults.  The antioxidants and other phytochemicals in berries also guard the skin against cell damage. This delays premature aging and keeps skin looking younger longer. Load up on strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, bilberries and acai fruits to improve brain performance and maintain healthy skin.  Berries are also high in vitamins A, C and E – the vitamins that boost the immune system and reduce cell damage.
  • No need to spend  a lot on anti -aging creams and products.(photo from http://www.healthylifestyleplus.com/body/anti-aging-diet-care-what-to-eat-to-stay-young/)
    No need to spend a lot on anti -aging creams and products.(photo from http://www.healthylifestyleplus.com/body/anti-aging-diet-care-what-to-eat-to-stay-young/)

    Green vegetables work well with your body’s natural defense against free radicals. Broccoli contains phytochemicals sulforaphane which helps neutralize toxins and free radicals. Spinach is high in folic acid and other B vitamins that reduce inflammation. It’s best to eat at least 2 servings of green veggies a day.

  • Orange and  yellow produce are rich in beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A, which is  essential for the stimulation of the immune system, as well as for healthy skin and eyes. At least two cups a day help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, protect skin from sun damage and reduce wrinkles as well. Sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, mangoes and cantaloupes are good natural sources of beat-carotene. Lutein and lycopene are also found in orange produce.
  • Tomatoes and other lycopene rich foods help reduce the risk of heart diseases, some cancers and macular degeneration. Fresh tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, but cooking and processing tomatoes make lycopene easily absorbable by the body. Other lycopene rich produce include guava, pink grapefruit, red bell peppers and watermelons.
  • Fruit juice, green tea and red wine fight free radicals with their antioxidant contents. Juicing fruits will retain their nutrients, but stay away from fruit juices with lots of sugar or corn syrup. Green tea and red wine contain natural plant polyphenols or flavonoids, antioxidants that neutralize stress-induced free radicals and inflammation by protecting the membrane of the cell. Studies suggest that green and black flavonoids help protect the brain from aging and reduce the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Whole grains contain selenium, a mineral that helps prevent skin damage. Whole grains are good sources of fiber that cleanses the gastrointestinal tract and prevents chronic diseases.
  • Water hydrates the skin and keeps it healthy and younger looking. It also flushes out the toxins out of the body.
  • Fatty fish  and healthy oils contain essential fatty acids that keep cell membrane healthy by allowing nutrients to pass through. Healthy oils like canola and flaxseed contain omega-3 and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Dark chocolate has anti-aging flavanols and antioxidants that occur naturally in cocoa beans.
  • Yogurt contains proteins that builds and repairs body tissues. The probiotics from yogurt keep our gastro intestinal system healthy and also improves our body’s immune system.

Who says you need to spend a lot to  stay young and  healthy?

Web References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/best-anti-aging-foods

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/anti-aging-tips/10-anti-aging-foods.htm

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/anti-aging-diet