Eat your years away! Yes.. what you eat determines how you age! Here are 5 foods which are super-effective to keep your body young, both inside and outside!
1. Berries of all types — blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries — are super rich in antioxidants, such as flavonols and anthocyanins, which promote cell health and can protect against disease. Anthocyanins in particular, found in large quantities in blackberries, are thought to help protect against cancer and diabetes. Berries are also an excellent source of vitamins, especially vitamin C, which is good for your skin Vitamin C helps repair damaged body tissues and has been linked to skin cancer prevention.
2. Dark Chocolate — Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, have a higher antioxidant capacity than any other food, and the high concentration of antioxidant flavanols in cocoa beans helps reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light. Furthermore, eating dark chocolate can increase circulation in the skin and improve its ability to retain moisture, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help you look younger.
But not all chocolate is equal when it comes to anti-aging — it’s dark chocolate that provides the greatest benefits. That’s because the refining process involved in making other kinds of chocolate actually strips away most of the skin-benefitting antioxidant flavanols.
3. Beans — They are truly one of the greatest dietary staples. They’re an excellent source of low-fat protein, especially for those who don’t eat meat. They also contain fiber (which can help lower cholesterol), are rich in antioxidants, and are chock full of all sorts of vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamin B and potassium.
What’s more, some beans — including soy and kidney beans — contain protease inhibitors and genistein, which are thought to help protect against cancer.
4. Fish — A popular dietary supplement in recent years has been fish oil, and there’s certainly good reason for that trend. Eating fish, or taking fish oil supplements, provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids that help protect against heart disease, reduce inflammation, decrease the risk of arrhythmia and lower blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are found largely in coldwater fish, including salmon, herring, tuna and sardines.Studies have even shown that people who eat a lot of fish live longer.
Fish is also a great source of protein and, unlike other meats, is low in saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3-rich fish at least two times per week.
5. Nuts — Nuts are known for the protein they provide, but that’s not all these small nutrient-rich foods can do for you. Nuts of all kinds are a good source of unsaturated fats. Like coldwater fish, nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health. They’re also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, which helps lower blood pressure; vitamin E, which helps prevent cell damage; and calcium to maintain strong bones.
Another great benefit of eating nuts is that they can fill you up without piling pounds. That’s because up to 20 percent of the calories in nuts doesn’t get absorbed by the body, making them a great snack between meals. Double bonus!!