As we get older, ways to stay young often move to the forefront of our thoughts.
When it comes to what you should eat, the best anti-aging foods are quite broad. You will probably get a ton of different answers of what constitutes the best foods for anti-aging to them. I’m sure that you will meet someone who says a pizza with cheese and tomato sauce is the best anti-aging food on the planet- hey, it’s full of calcium and fruit/veggies, right?
Are you antsy to get some top-notch anti-aging foods? Scroll below!
Food is our lifeline and without it we would eventually die of starvation. What many people don’t realize is that the foods that they choose may be slowly starving their bodies of vital nutrients and decreasing their life expectancy. The best anti-aging foods actually slow the aging process and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These foods help to keep your hair thick and shiny and your skin smooth. They help your brain to keep functioning at a higher level as you age- I could go on and on with how important it is to fuel your body with anti-aging and supportive foods.
Health benefits are abundant and completely undeniable. So, if research continues to support certain foods for healing the body and slowing the aging process, then why are there millions of overweight, sick people suffering all sorts of diet related illnesses? If all we have to do is nourish our bodies with healing super foods, why is it so hard? That’s because many of us do not eat to live- we live to eat.
It starts early!
We are conditioned at a very early age that food is pleasure and that often we can become comforted by eating certain foods. Unfortunately, these foods are typically not anti-aging foods that our bodies need. And, to add to this, we establish our food preferences at a very early age. By the time we reach our teens, bad food choices are usually well-established because we’ve had a lot of practice! For me, no matter how full I feel after meal, I always seem to have room for a yummy, sugary dessert. It is completely a mental battle within my head. Don’t get me wrong- it’s OK to indulge in those cravings every so often. Part of an anti-aging diet is eating foods that adds happiness and fond memories and stress relief. But, true anti-aging diets only indulge occasionally and fill the rest of the meals with healthy and supportive foods.
As we age, our metabolism slows down. It’s even more important to include a diet that has a variety of the best anti-aging foods. Yes, most of us want to be physically slim and attractive, but a body that’s functioning and supporting an active lifestyle will give you energy, vitality, and true youth.
Best anti-aging foods
I could include many different foods, but these 10 foods are consistently ranked by nutritionists, doctors, and other health experts as the best anti-aging/super foods out there.
- Avocados. Avocados are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and potassium. This fruit is also rich in folate, aka vitamin B, which has been linked to the prevention of heart attacks and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Avocados also contain oleic acid which aids in lowering bad cholesterol and protects against blood clots. Guacamole anyone?
- Green vegetables. Broccoli and kale are pure powerhouses. They are all loaded with antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Free radicals are those nasty little things that cause you to age faster and can open your risk to disease and cancers. Vegetables are great immune boosters and a diet full of them can help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure- especially the cruciferous type. Remember, the darker the green, the better!
- Nuts. Eat a small amount of nuts if you want to ward off hunger. They are a fantastic source of protein, vitamin E, and calcium and help to maintain strong bones. They also help to prevent cell damage. There are many varieties of nuts and they all contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for maintaining a healthy heart.
- Berries. All berries are rich in antioxidants such as flavonols and anthocyanins, which promote cell health and brain function. If you really want to load up on your antioxidants, they go for the darker berries. Studies have shown that blueberries may restrict the growth of cancer cells and reduce inflammation in the body. Truly any berry is a healthy addition because they are low glycemic. Cranberries are also well known for helping when you have a UTI.
- Dark Chocolate. Chocolate comes from the cocoa bean, which has a high concentration of antioxidants and has been connected to helping reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light. Chocolate helps to improve circulation and gives you plumper, younger looking skin. Dark chocolate that is at least 70 to 85% is better but it can start to taste slightly better if you do have a sweet tooth. As you incorporate more of this dark chocolate, your palate will change.
- Fish. Fish is a great source of protein and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Fish helps to protect against heart disease and inflammation in the body. Cold water fish such as salmon and tuna contains higher levels of omega-3’s. They have also been linked to lowering risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
- Beans. Beans are an excellent source of low-fat protein, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. They are a great alternative to meat and are rich in vitamin B, iron, and potassium. If beans did not always agree with you, there are some things you can do. If using canned beans, thoroughly rinse the beans first. Introduce beans slowly into your diet – mung and Azuki beans are easier to digest. Cook beans with lots of vegetables and spices such as ginger and turmeric.
- Green tea. Green tea contains the most EGCG’s, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Numerous studies link drinking green tea to lowered risks of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Green tea also helps fight free radicals in our bodies and promotes anti-aging benefits. Weight loss is a well known side effect of drinking green tea. It helps to burn fat and boost metabolism.
- Garlic. Garlic is a member of the allium family and is well known for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is linked to inhibiting the spread of cancer cells and has also been linked to lower risk of stomach, intestinal, pancreatic, and breast cancers.
- Red wine. Reservatrol is the anti-aging oxidant found in red wine. Research has shown that it helps to reduce the risk of cancer, lower bad cholesterol, and decrease inflammation. The alcohol content of red wine helps to keep blood clots from forming. Drinking red wine in moderation is key. It is high in sugar and too much alcohol could have a reversed effect.
This is by no means a definitive list. There are other foods that fall in the range- whole grains, olive oil, yogurt, fermented foods, tomatoes, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and mushrooms.
Adding in more anti-aging foods to your diet right NOW
Dip cut vegetables into garlic hummus.
Mash up avocado and spread onto a slice of sprouted grain toast. Squeeze lemon juice over top and sprinkle sea salt.
Dip strawberries into melted dark chocolate.
Combine berries with Greek yogurt and sprinkle ground nuts on top.
Add more beans and/or vegetables to soups and stews.
Getting more anti-aging foods in on a daily basis can be pretty easy. Start with one or two foods listed above and slowly add from there. You might have to get creative at first, but over time, it will come naturally (and your body will love you for it)!
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