Anti-aging food has been a hot topic recently. Everybody
knows that you are supposed to eat more fruit and vegetables
to protect yourself from aging. But are all fruits and veggies
equally good? Find what specific foods are considered best when
it comes to anti-aging diet.
1. Avocado for younger looking skin
People who keep low fat diet usually avoid avocado because
it contains a lot of fat. But actually it is high in monounsaturated
fat which reduces cholesterol level in the body. Avocado is
a very good source of Vitamin E, which is essential for keeping
your skin smooth and young. Also avocado contains potassium
which prevents high blood pressure. Avocado is great to use
in sandwiches instead of butter spread.
2. Berries as anti-aging antioxidants
Most berries especially blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants
contain phytochemicals which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants
help to protect your body against damage caused by free radicals
so they are very important for anti-aging nutrition. Red grape
is technically not a berry, but it has similar properties.
3. Fish for protein and Omega 3 fats
Your body needs quality proteins and some fat, and it is
much better to take fish as a source of these and not red meat.
Fish supplies us with Omega 3 fatty acids which stimulate the
immune system and lowers risk of heart disease. Some studies
have shown that people who eat a lot of fish have lower risk
of colorectal, esophageal and stomach cancers.
4. Carrots for cancer protection
Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene which is
a powerful antioxidant that fights aging and many diseases.
Studies have shown that people who eat one medium carrot a day
significantly reduced risk of lung cancer. Beta carotene also
keeps your vision sharp protecting your eyes from age related
diseases. It is also important for keeping your immune system
Carrots give you most benefits if eaten uncooked. If you
don't feel like eating a row carrot, try adding it to your
salads, it gives slightly sweet taste to a salad. Alternatively
drink carrot juice once in a while - the juice is a concentrated
source of beta carotene.
5. Nuts to bust your immune system
Raw nuts are very high in fiber; they are also a good source
of vitamins and potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper and
selenium. They control cholesterol level and strengthen your
immune system. The only draw back of nuts is that they are high
in fat, so a couple table spoons a day is good but not more.
Only row nuts are good anti-aging food. Avoid salted and
roasted nuts, they do more damage to your health than bring
benefits. A good way to add nuts to your everyday diet is to
sprinkle them over a salad or to add them to cereals.
6. Whole meal pasta and brown rice for energy
These contain complex carbohydrates, to insure that you feel
full of energy all day. Brown rice is high in fiber and B group
vitamins. Only don't make fried rice out of it - steamed
brown rice is the best choice. Whole meal pasta is high in fiber
7. Water to detoxify and keep smooth skin
Water is absolutely essential for our health. You probably
have heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water every day,
but do you follow the advice? Water helps to get rid of toxins.
Also adequate intake of water insures that your skin looks young
and healthy. Moisturizing anti-aging creams and lotions are
good, but if you drink enough water your skin will be less dry
Pure bottled water is very good for you, but not exciting.
So you can replace it with other nutritious liquids - juices
with no added sugar, herbal teas or mineral water. Fresh fruits
also are good source of water, for example watermelon is basically
90% water. 8 glasses a day is a rule of thumb, but in hot or
windy weather you might need more.
Include these products in your diet on a regular basis and
you will see that soon you will feel and look younger than your
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