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Slowing the Aging Process…with Food!

Posted on April 16, 2014
By Nikki Martinez

The idea of “Aging with Grace” is something that many would love to do. Personally, looking at my mother, who’s over 55, I know I would LOVE to look like her at her age (trust me, the lady looks like she’s in her 40’s)! Yes, you could use serums, stay out of the sun, put on sunscreen, and probably try 20 different exercise techniques that “work,” but what about the things you and I eat. Yes, it’s been proven that there are a few foods that actually slow the aging process down, and give you the nutrients you need every day anyways!

 

Pomegranate Juice

Studies show that a glass of pomegranate juice a day could keep the wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate has previously been linked to the prevention of heart disease and stress relief, but now researchers have found that the fruit juice also slows down the natural oxidation (“wear and tear”) of DNA.

 

Berries

Blueberries and blackberries and other berries are packed with antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to reduce the growth of certain cancers while also helping with brain function and muscle tone

 

Green Tea

Green tea has all sorts of health benefits including the ability to quell inflammation with its strong antioxidants. Chronic inflammation has a part in diabetes and other diseases. In addition, researchers have found that green tea can inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that might result from it.

 

Olive Oil

Studies have shown that olive oil’s strong antioxidants may help prevent age-related diseases. In addition, the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete are attributed in large part to olive oil’s monounsaturated fats.

 

Fish

Studies have even shown that people who eat loads of fish live longer. One study of middle-aged American men found that those who ate fish two to three times per week boasted a 40 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not.

 

Orange Veggies

Orange veggies such as carrots, pumpkin and squash are packed with alpha-carotene. And studies show that people whose blood levels measured highest for alpha-carotene were least likely to die of cancer, heart disease or any other cause over an 18-year period.

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