Since we are what we eat, it makes sense that the food we consume has a major role to play in maintaining our health and youthfulness. There are some foods, however, that researchers have labelled as ‘anti-aging’ foods. Here are the top 7:
- Leafy Greens
- Olive oil
- Sweet potatoes
1. Leafy Greens
Spinach is considered a super-food because it is so packed with health benefits. Consider also adding kale, collard greens, Romaine lettuce and arugula to your diet as well.
Broccoli is full of nutrients and balances blood sugar, making it an ideal food for anyone with pre-diabetes or diabetes.
3. Berries, such as blueberries
All berries are rich in antioxidants. The darker blue and purple berries have a different range of antioxidants, so aim for a mixture. Tart cherry is also good for both its antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, especially if you have arthritis.
4. Olive oil
Olive oil lowers cholesterol naturally and keeps skin smooth and supple when used both internally and externally. If you’re worried about your heart health, switch from butter and polyunsaturated oils to monounsaturated olive oil.
Nuts may be high in fat, but they are also high in fibre, and offer a range of health benefits, including Omega-3 fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals. The fat and fibre will help you feel full. The fat in the nuts also will nourish your skin. As few as 10 almonds a day have been shown to lower cholesterol by 4%. As few as 8 walnuts per day will produce similar results.
6. Sweet potatoes (orange and purple)
The Okinawan diet is primarily made up of orange or purple sweet potatoes, both rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A for a healthy immune system. They are filling, tasty, full of fibre, and very versatile in a range of dishes.
Garlic may not smell great after you have eaten it, but it is tasty and full of disease-fighting phytochemicals protective against cancer. It stimulates circulation and has anti-bacterial properties, which can help keep your digestive tract healthy.
Now that you know the top 7 foods to eat each day to help maintain a healthy and youthful body, you can come up with a range of recipes that incorporate them. A stir-fry is ideal for all the healthy veggies listed. A berry crumble with oats (also great for lowering cholesterol) and some chopped nuts on top is the perfect healthy dessert.