Have you ever wondered how some people never seem to age? Like they look decades younger than their actual age?
While a part of their looks can be attributed to their genetics, research shows that your diet plays a much bigger role in the aging process. This means that while growing older is an inevitable part of life, there are things you can do to slow it down.
Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to look like you’re 21 forever. It’s about living your best life, and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care.
There are literally hundreds of good-for-you foods that will leave you feeling ageless. In today’s video, we’ll be going over the top 10 anti-aging foods you should eat if you want to improve your health, stay mentally sharp, and help your body stay young from within.
From having more energy to pain-free joints, these easy-to-find foods will keep you feeling and looking your best. When you choose to eat foods that naturally slow down the aging process, adding quality years to your life becomes easy.
Make sure you watch until the end because our list of anti-aging foods goes way beyond just drinking green tea!
In this video, you’ll discover a joint-protective superfood that’s been gaining popularity in recent years that most people still don’t know about.
So, if you’re ready let’s get into it. As always, this video is educational and does not construe medical advice, we are not doctors.
Number 10. Avocados.
When it comes to fighting and reversing the signs of aging, avocados are a must. These nutrient-dense fruits are naturally rich in antioxidants and contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, all of which help slow down aging and fight diseases.
Just one-half of a raw avocado contains 82 micrograms of folate, a key nutrient found to lower your risk of prostate and colon cancer. Folate also helps lower an inflammatory substance called homocysteine.
Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by your body when proteins are broken down. Having high homocysteine levels can contribute to arterial damage and blood clots.
If you have mobility issues, the healthy fats in avocados combined with the high levels of vitamin K, help stave off arthritis while boosting bone health. The dietary fiber in avocados can also help with your digestive system, while the potassium and magnesium found in this superfood can help lower blood pressure and prevent strokes or heart attacks.
Last but not least, avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two natural antioxidants that protect your eyes from UV light damage, which can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
Number 9. Blueberries.
These tiny fruits are rich in vitamins A, B, and C. The most important component of blueberries is anthocyanins, an antioxidant shown to fight off free-radicals, and slow down age-related damage to brain cells. Eating blueberries on a daily basis has been found to improve memory, and reduce damage to brain cells, which can result in dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
On top of helping keep your mind sharp, blueberries also help protect and reverse skin damage caused from sun exposure. Studies have found that the combination of anthocyanins and vitamin C in blueberries can help increase collagen production, which helps maintain young, healthy looking skin.
Number 8. Mangoes.
Mangoes, also called the “king of fruits” in some parts of the world, is not only delicious but is also loaded with dietary carotenoids that naturally protect your skin against the sun’s UV radiation. This tropical fruit also contains a unique antioxidant called mangiferin.
In studies, researchers have found that mangiferin can help protect heart cells against inflammation and oxidative stress. Mangiferin has also been found to help lower blood cholesterol, triglycerides and free fatty acid levels.
Number 7. Wild Salmon.
Foods that are naturally rich in omega-3 such as walnuts, wild salmon or even chia seeds are your skin’s best friend. The omega-3 fatty acids in these foods help keep wrinkles at bay by keeping your skin soft and moisturized.
Omega-3s can also hep protect your skin against UV damage. One study found that people who ate a little more than 5-ounces of omega-3 rich fish per week, decreased the development of pre-cancerous skin lesions by nearly 30 percent. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids naturally help the body lower the production of compounds linked to inflammation, such as inflammatory eicosanoids and cytokines.
Multiple studies have consistently found a link between higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids and reduced inflammation.
Number 6. Watermelon.
Known as one of nature’s most skin protective phytonutrients, lycopene can be found in high amounts in many of summer’s bountiful crops such as watermelons or tomatoes. Several studies have shown that lycopene can help protect the skin against sun damage, wrinkles, and cancer.
That is because lycopene can help prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin, which is responsible for keeping your skin supple and wrinkle-free.
Lycopene can also help prevent chronic diseases. In fact, one study found that individuals with the highest amounts of this phytonutrient had a lower risk of heart disease. Lycopene is also active against toxins in cigarette smoke, second-hand smoke and air pollution.
Watermelon is one of the few sources of lycopene that is readily available to the human body without heating or cooking. Tomatoes are another good source of lycopene, which you can make more absorbable on a cellular level by cooking them gently with a little bit of healthy fat, such as olive or coconut oil.
Number 5. Pomegranates.
Pomegranates are considered a superfood because of their high levels of polyphenols and anti-aging antioxidants. These nutrients have been shown to help prevent a variety of health issues, including fighting cancer, preventing high blood pressure and heart disease.
Pomegranates are one of the best sources of ellagitannins, which is needed by the body to produce a molecule called “urolithin A.” Scientists have found that this natural compound has the ability to influence mitochondria and cellular health in a very positive way. Urolithin A has been found to re-establish a cell’s ability to energize the mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse.
Pomegranates are also known to protect the skin against the adverse effects of UV rays and improving wound healing. Other additional benefits of this fruit include strengthening the immune system, preventing cancer growth, protecting against Alzheimer’s disease, reducing gut inflammation, and fighting heart disease. Always be sure to eat the whole fruit or to drink pure pomegranate juice without added sugar to get the best health benefits.
Number 4. Bone Broth.
Bone broth is an amazing anti-aging food that helps keep your gut, skin and joints healthy. Slowly cooking animal bones in water helps break down collagen into gelatin. When you eat it, your body uses this gelatin as an intestinal Band-Aid, healing the lining of your digestive tract, which can help improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
Gelatin may also help keep your skin young, and strengthen joints in a way that can relieve pain caused by age-related arthritis or joint deterioration.
Number 3. Kimchi and Sauerkraut.
Research shows that fermented foods that are rich in probiotics can help you live longer. The key is in the wide variety of probiotic strains found in fermented anti-aging foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, natto and yoghurt.
Probiotics have been found to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, improve gut health and help your metabolism.
Number 2. Almonds.
If you already use almond oil in your hair to keep it shiny and thick, you might want to consider eating almonds altogether. Almonds are naturally rich in healthy fats, protein, and vitamin E. In fact, eating just one tablespoon of almond butter gives roughly 27% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E.
Because vitamin E lives in and protects cell membranes from free radicals, it indirectly helps skin stay moisturized and supple. Other than being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E also fights inflammation. One study of people suffering from atopic dermatitis, which causes red, itchy, irritated skin, found that those who consumed vitamin E got significant relief.
Number 1. Shiitake Mushrooms.
Having poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect your heart. But eating shiitake mushrooms can help prevent this from happening.
Not many people know about this, but the natural sugar found in shiitake mushrooms called lentinan, can help reduce bacteria growth and plaque formation in the mouth. Shiitake mushrooms can help prevent gingivitis by fighting off the bacterial biofilm responsible for gum swelling and bleeding.