Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods for Optimal Health
We have all experienced those guilty pleasure moments and succumb to sweets and deep fried foods. Eating too much refined grains, red meat, hight-fat dairy products and processed food can and will effect a person’s lifespan in the long run. A wholesome, well balanced diet is key to a happy, healthy, thriving life.
If you’re looking to keep your diet in tiptop shape, here are the Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods to add to your organic grocery list:
A great source of protein, minerals, vitamins and microflora (live/active cultures aka good bacteria). A study done by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville suggests replacing a not-so-healthy snack with 18 ounces of yogurt per day can help you drop down a pant size. This is because yogurt is rich in calcium. Calcium send signals to fat cells to lessen the amount of cortisol they expel. Cortisol is a hormone responsible for fat around the waist. Overall cortisol increases the amount of fat around the body’s midsection while eating yogurt can fights this process. Live cultures or good bacteria found in yogurt are probiotics. Probiotics are great for the intestinal tract. They keep the amount of bad bacteria within the intestine regulated so that it can’t cause infections, bloating or other intestinal health problems.
What’s that old saying? An apple a day… This really does have merit to it. Apples are full of fiber, reduce cholesterol, prevent gallstones, boosts the immune system and helps keep teeth healthy and white. Eating one apple a day can even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. An apple’s disease-fighting compounds work just as well as statins, a drug or heart medicine to lower cholesterol.
Did you know that one serving of strawberries (approx. 8 strawberries) provides more vitamin C than a whole orange? Not only are they rich in vitamin C, they are loaded with antioxidants, improve cholesterol levels and have anti-cancer and anti-mutagenic properties. A team of researchers from Oklahoma State University did a study on precancerous lesions and the effect strawberries had on them. Out of 36 participants, 29 had a decrease in the grade of their precancerous lesions.
Mangoes are a delicious and juicy fruit. Full of minerals and vitamins, they lower cholesterol, fight cancer, improves digestion, are great for the skin and eyes and can help diabetes (when eaten in moderation) by improving blood glucose levels. Mangoes are rich in antioxidants and can clear up skin and prevent acne, pimples or blackheads. To reap the benefits of mangoes on the skin, they can be eaten or used externally.
Avocados packed with potassium, folic acid and vitamin C and E. They are a fatty fruit but, it’s a natural fat that aids in the production of collagen, keep skin looking sprightly and pristine. Folic acid is not only great for the skin but hair and nails alike. Avocados can rid the body of toxins, lower cholesterol levels, fight against cancer and regulate blood pressure.
Neither a fruit nor vegetable, mushrooms are nature’s sponge. It is especially important to consume organic mushrooms because of their sponge-like nature. As they grow, they absorb whatever is being fed to them, whether it be organic soil or a harmful chemical. Mushrooms work wonderfully against bacteria.They are fat-free and low in sodium and calories. They help to regulate vitamin D levels, fight free radicals, boost your metabolism and advocate healthy weight.
Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant and has a highly concentrated amount of vitamin C and fiber. It’s great for body detoxification, bone and heart health and it can even reduce inflammation and allergic reactions. Not only that, it contains a substance called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is responsible for slowing down or even preventing the destruction of cartilage that eventually leads to arthritis.
Some examples great example of tree nuts to choose from are almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts and brazil nuts. Peanuts are beneficial as well however, contrary to their name, they are not a nut. Peanuts are legumes. A legume is essentially a vegetable. Nuts improve heart health, help control weight and lower risk of cancer. They are high in protein, iron, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating a proportioned serving per day is great. Beware not to overeat nuts as they do have omega fatty acids in them. Omega fatty acids are wonderful for the body, in moderation.
Brimming with omega-3 fatty acids, rich in protein and good source of vitamin B and iron. Fish is great for a healthy heart, nervous system and boosts overall energy levels. It is excellent for brain health, skin and hair as well. Not only that, it’s low in fat… as long as it’s not deep fried.
10. Dark Chocolate
Bursting with a high amount of magnesium, iron, copper and potassium, dark chocolate promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. It’s full of antioxidants which fight against free radicals that can oxidate and damage the body’s cells. You might think differently but, dark chocolate actually helps control blood sugar levels because it is stimulates the body’s insulin. It’s great for your heart and brain because it increases blood flow. An added benefit, dark chocolate contain theobromine. Theobromine can harden tooth enamel and lowers the risk of cavities… with consistent dental hygiene, of course.
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