We are constantly being told that we are what we eat, but could there be an element of truth in that? The types of food we munch on not only affect our health, but also have anti-ageing benefits.
It’s time to ditch those expensive anti-ageing products, save your money, and opt for bowlfuls of berries, salmon suppers and continue with the kale craze for a younger, healthier you.
1. Olive oil
Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.
An excellent source of vitamin E, the high levels of unsaturated fat beta-carotene in an avocado will nourish skin and protect from signs of ageing.
Packed with beta-carotene, eating your carrots will help with skin-cell renewal and act as a powerful antioxidant too.
A glass of pomegranate juice a day could actually keep the wrinkles away. Not only can it help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, but it’s a great source of antioxidants too.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids will nourish skin and prevent dryness and premature ageing. A lack of these healthy fats in your diet ‘will make you prone to dry skin and wrinkles.’
The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, kale is the superfood on everyone’s lips. And added to its endless benefits of stopping ageing.
8. Red grapes
Grape skins contain resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory that will help to keep your skin soft, supple and looking good
Drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage seems to provide such benefits, but red wine has been the focus of much of the research. Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits—and, according to animal studies, may activate genes that slow cellular aging.
Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasises healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.
We can’t wait to incorporate all of these fantastic anti-ageing food into our diets!
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