10 Anti-Aging Foods You Should
By Jordana Haspel
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That's right, food can help you live
longer. And not just because without it you'd starve to death in just a few
weeks. It turns out that eating the right foods does more than keep you
goingit keeps you going better and can add years to your life. The truth
is there are few surprises here; we've been telling you to eat these things all
along. A diet rich in these foods won't just keep you living longer because of
their special properties, but also because eating them as part of a healthy
diet will help you lose weight and avoid obesity-related health problems.
Here are the top 10 life-extending
Tomatoes contain large amounts of lycopene, a powerful
antioxidant. Lycopene helps reduce the chances of several cancersmost
notably prostate cancerand is also associated with reduced risk of
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. It may even help prevent
skin aging. One of the quirky things about tomatoes is that the amount of
lycopene they have actually increases when you cook and crush them, so tomato
paste and sauce are more powerful than fresh tomatoes.
- Olive oil.
Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, which can help
reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It also has high antioxidant levels,
a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels, and an anti-inflammatory effect. No
wonder the Mediterranean diet is so healthy! Choose cold-pressed, extra virgin
olive oil for maximum benefitbut don't go overboard. Remember, one
tablespoon has 120 calories (13 grams of fat!). (Click
here for more on the healthy benefits of olive oil.)
- Red grapes.
Like tomatoes and olive oil, grapes, grape juice, and red
wine also contain antioxidants. Drinking a moderate amount of red wineone
or two drinks a dayhas been shown to increase longevity. (Click here for
more health benefits of wine, especially info on resveratrol, a substance
in the skin of red grapes that's been shown to help slow the growth of cancer.)
Be careful, however, because drinking too much can shorten your life
Nuts have fat, but like olive oil it's the "good"
fatmonounsaturated. Eating 5 ounces a week has been linked to a reduced
risk of heart disease. They're also a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty
acids, and antioxidants. For more nutty info, check out "4 Reasons
to Nibble Nuts."
- Whole grains. Whole grains, especially
sprouted whole grains, contain a lot of fiber, as well as antioxidants. They
help protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and contribute
to maintaining a healthy weight. So skip the Wonder Bread, and cut a slice of a
multigrain loaf instead.
- Salmon and other fatty
fish. There can't be enough said about the benefits of
omega-3 fatty acids, and salmon is rich in them. They help prevent cancer,
reduce inflammation, coronary heart disease, and other health problems. In most
cases wild-caught fish are healthier than farm-raised fish.
- Blueberries. Blueberries have one of the
highest concentrations of antioxidants. They help prevent urinary tract
infections, lower cholesterol, and help slow the progression of Alzheimer's
disease. All the other berries are great too, plus they taste practically like
Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands
of years, used for everything from treating the common cold to serving as an
antiseptic. It can help regulate blood sugar and has anti-cancer properties.
(Click here for
more on the wonders of garlic.)
Loads of antioxidants make spinach a strong weapon against
aging. It also has high levels of folic acid, which helps fight cancer, heart
disease, and mental disorders.
Used medicinally for thousands of years, tea contains a
large amount of antioxidants. It may boost your metabolism, help prevent
diabetes, lift your immune system and mental alertness, and lower stress
hormone levels. (Click here to
read about 12 of the best teas.) And drink up!