Ahhhh, I’m waiting for the day the scientists announce that they found the foods that would literally prevent aging. LOL. I know, I know. However, I still try and focus on researches about anti-aging information, especially for women. We gotta try our best as much as we can, right? I’d like to share some foods that repeatedly come up in many anti-aging food lists.
Ounce for ounce, berries have more protective anti-aging plant antioxidants than almost any other food.
All black and blue berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and black grapes, contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.
These two berries contain important antioxidants to help offset inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to skin aging and wrinkles. Just one serving of either or these berries – fresh or frozen – contains more antioxidants than 10 servings of most other fruits and vegetables. Try them at least three time a week. Since berries are high in filling fiber, they may also help curb weight gain. “These compounds not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss,” doctors say too!
2. Olive Oil
Not only do the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil support healthy arteries and a healthy heart, but olive oil also contains polyphenols, a potent antioxidant that may help prevent a number of age-related diseases. Organic extra virgin olive oil is recommended for the most anti-aging bang for your buck.
3. Nuts / All Natural Nut Butters
Nuts are excellent sources of not only protein, but magnesium and vitamins B and E as well (trusty fighters in the war against heart disease and cancer). Yes, nuts are high in fat, but it’s the heart-healthy kind. Eat up to five small fistfuls a week, which is roughly 1/4 cup or about 15 to 20 almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans.
Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral which aids in the production of the antioxidant glutathione to help slow down the skin aging process. Just 2 brazil nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium to reap its anti-aging benefits.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels as you age. Lycopene also acts as a natural sun block to keep skin youthful and protected from harmful UV rays.
5. Fiber-Rich Whole Grains
Whole grains have up to 96% more fiber, magnesium, zinc, chromium, and vitamins E and B6 than refined grains. Whole grains are a nutritional powerhouse, helping to prevent the same health problems that refined grains help cause: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and even obesity. Ideally, all six of your daily recommended grain servings should be whole grains, but aim for at least three. What counts as a serving? One slice of whole-grain bread, a half-cup of cooked grains such as brown rice or quinoa, or a cup of whole-grain cereal.
Drink lots of water every day in order to remain healthy. Water helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste materials from your body. Don’t rely on thirst; this sensation diminishes with age. Drink often and choose from nutritious liquids, including 100% fruit and vegetable juices, skim or low fat milk, broths, sparkling water, and teas. You can also get fluids from foods, especially those that are liquid at room temperature.
Other recommended usual suspects are leafy green, red wine, organic eggs, watermelon, salmon, strawberry, avocado, etc.
What is your favorite anti-aging food you consume often? Any other anti-aging food you’d like to share with other PinKixxes? Please comment!