Superfoods That Help Slow Aging

By Seangnay Kheang​​ | on Tuesday 5 December 2017​

Being healthy and the desire to reduce the effects of aging dates as far back as mankind itself. The majority of people want to look and feel young, driving experts to do research and invest in thousands of dollars to make products for the growing demand.

But did you know that delicious and nutritious foods can help slow the effects of aging in every part of the body? From your skin to your brain, to your heart and joints, food can help. So what are the top super food to slow aging down? What exactly do they do in order to keep your body feeling young and healthy? Well, the following foods are the key factors to slow your aging.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are available in a variety o colourss—including not only red but also yellow, orange/tangerine, green, purple, brown, and black. However, since most people consume this vegetable in its vibrant shades of red, our recommendation for tomatoes in your meal plan starts with our red/purple vegetable subgroup.  Eating these veggies may ward off UV-induced damage like wrinkles, thanks to lycopene, the pigment that gives them their rich red colour, and cooked tomatoes are good for your skin, too. In fact, our bodies absorb lycopene more easily from tomato paste than from fresh tomatoes.

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Turmeric

Curcumin is the active chemical in turmeric root and it blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes in two inflammatory pathways. Several human trials have shown an anti-inflammatory benefit, which can translate to reduced joint pain and swelling. The yellow spice is popular in curries and other Indian dishes. It is most effective in combination with black pepper, which helps the body absorb it better – so eat the two together when possible.

Turmeric benefits include many healing properties that currently there are over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.

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Garlic

Garlic is a tasty addition to just about any savoury dish. Like onions and leeks, it contains diallyl disulphide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic therefore can help fight the pain, inflammation and cartilage damage of arthritis. Fresh garlic from the produce section of your market because preservatives may be added to bottled garlic and processing may decrease some of its strength.

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Strawberries

These red gems boast flavonoids (healthy chemicals that give fruits and veggies their vivid colour) with antioxidant powers that could keep your heart young. Regularly eating them and other flavonoid-rich foods like apples and pears could also reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Milk

As you age, you lose bone and muscle. Milk helps counteract this because it’s packed with two simple anti-aging nutrients—protein and calcium.  If downing a glass of milk doesn’t appeal to you, try it steamed or blend some into a fruit smoothie.

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Mixed Nuts

In one study, regular nut intake was connected with a lower risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Make a  mix of peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts for an easy way to avoid hanger.

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It’s easy to slow the aging process when you know what to do. These simple tips and tricks can help you turn back the clock without using potentially harmful chemicals or products.

What is your favourite age-fighting superfood?

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