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3 Anti-Aging Superfoods

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 6:00AM

3 Anti-Aging Superfoods

Smarter food choices can add years to your life. Years to be spent playing with your grandchildren and enjoying the life you have built. In combination with other healthy lifestyle choices, eating nutrient rich foods can fight aging and help prevent age-related disease such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

 

Berries- Blueberries are among the most antioxidant filled foods. The antioxidants protect your cells from damage by fighting the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, about 150% of your daily recommended amount in just one cup. They also contain plant based chemicals called polyphenols that encourage cells to communicate to one another. According to USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, as we age “our brain cells become like an old married couple- they don’t like to talk to each other very much anymore”. The polyphenols found in berries promote signals between cells thus increasing memory. A study published in the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found that women who regularly ate blueberries and strawberries decreased their risk of heart attack by 32% compared to those who only ate them on occasion.

Spinach- Spinach has been called one of the healthiest foods on earth, and provides some excellent anti-aging benefits. The antioxidants in spinach fight against damage from free radicals, which makes it great for you hair, skin, and nails. The beta-carotene and lutein found in spinach protect the body from sun damage, help to improve skin elasticity, and contributes to shiny, smooth hair. Cooking spinach helps release more lutein, thus increasing its health benefit. According to the USDA guidelines, you should be eating about 2 cups weekly of this superfood.

Oatmeal- Oatmeal contains antioxidants that fight against cell damage and reduce wrinkles, but its biggest anti-aging ingredient is fiber. The soluble fiber in oatmeal reduces the bad cholesterol in your body. That bad cholesterol is the culprit behind blocked blood vessels that cause stroke, heart attack, and blood clots in the body. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet rich in whole grains, such as oats, is just as effective as in reducing blood pressure as any anti-hypertensive medicine.

These delicious and healthy foods can keep you feeling and looking young for years to come. Invest in you!

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