Superfoods The Anti-Aging Benefits
There is no magic cure for aging, although scientists are working on it. However there are some specific food groups, known as superfoods, which are packed with phytonutrients that will help you look, feel and act younger than your years. Get proactive about anti-aging and see if you can turn back the clock a decade or more with youthful skin, less aches in your joints and a general improvement in your overall health.
Here is IVL's suggested Top 10 list of superfoods with anti-aging benefits:
Known to be laden with concentrated antioxidants, blueberries help rebuild cells which may have been damaged by free radicals, helping to slow down the aging process of our bodies. Add some to your cereal or dessert for a steady and regular intake.
Orange juice, or better still fresh oranges, are packed with goodness such as vitamin C. As well as giving a youthful boost to energy levels, oranges support the immune system and counter the aging process.
Green Fruits and Vegetables
Broccoli, green beans, asparagus, spinach and other green vegetables provide a host of essential vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin K. Low in calories and high is fiber, they are essential for supporting healthy bones, eyes and the heart. Add green fruits such as kiwis, apples, grapes and avocados for more goodness, although fruits are higher in calories and natural sugars than green vegetables.
Carrots may not help you see in the dark, but they do strengthen the immune system which helps your body fight illness and disease.
As we get older we need to keep up our fiber intake. Brown rice is high in vitamin B and fiber. It is also a good source of slow-release energy so you can keep up with the youngsters.
Oily fish comes up in almost every health article. Salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which help keep joints supple and aid the memory.
Another good source of antioxidants, green tea flushes toxins from the body. Scientists now suggest it reduces estrogen levels which can be damaging as we age.
Soy milk aids those going through menopause and assists in countering osteoporosis. Try it in a fortified form for added health benefits.
Chocolate with high cacao content helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of blood clots, a common ailment as we get older.
Chlorella is a valuable superfood which promotes the growth of skin cells, retaining a youthful glow and firmness that aging skin needs. It is also a powerful detoxifier. Try taking it as a supplement with spirulina which is known to help improve digestion, improve energy levels and build muscle. Spirulina Deluxe is an excellent combined source of these two powerful superfoods, taken in tablet form as a daily supplement.
Try to incorporate these superfoods regularly into your diet. Make sure you also include fresh air and exercise every day and keep mentally alert to fully maximize the anti-aging benefits of these natural superfoods.