This is the second article in a two-part series about anti-aging superfoods. Check the first part here.
Just like dark chocolate, blue and black berries contain flavonoids which protect the body against aging and damage by harmful free radicals. This means berries keep your heart in good condition and ward off cancer. In addition to this, berries are rich sources of vitamin C and folic acid. The latter is especially important for pregnant women, as folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects.
Ordinary water, an anti-aging superfood? Absolutely! Water helps you to remove toxins from the body and is essential for hydration of organs, muscles and the skin. Try to drink at least 4 glasses of water every day, combined with other liquids and fluids from foods like tomatoes, watermelon or oranges.
Garlic has been used as a wonder drug for ages. Its antioxidant qualities and ability to reduce cholesterol levels have been praised by scientific research. Next to this, garlic is also a natural antibiotic and can improve blood circulation because of its blood-thinning properties. Garlic is best eaten raw, crushed or finely chopped up.
Yes, you read that right. Fat can be good for you! In fact we need it to live a healthy life. This is because fat fish like salmon, mackerel or sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids that have some extraordinary health benefits. They not only prevent clogged arteries and significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, but also protect against joint pains and rheumatoid arthritis.
What makes tomatoes stand out is that they are a great source of lycopene. Lycopene is the pigment that gives tomatoes their vibrant red color. This antioxidant is said to reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Moreover, lycopene protects the skin from UV damage, keeping your skin young and wrinkle-free.
Research has shown that people who eat good amounts of spinach are less likely to get cancer. Next to being a great source of antioxidants it also contains a lot of vitamin K, which improves bone density and is crucial to avoid osteoporosis at older age. Finally, spinach helps in keeping your eye’s retina in good condition and thus ward off sight loss because of macular degeneration. People who don’t like the taste of cooked spinach can always substitute spinach for lettuce in their next salad.
If you are looking for a source of B vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and – last but not least -unsaturated fats, nuts are your best friends. Among other things, they are good for your skin, digestive system, cholesterol levels and immune system. However, keep your portions small as nuts are quite high in calories. Why not sprinkle them on your favorite dessert or salad?
Green leafy vegetables
Sure, you know you should eat more vegetables. But why? Green leafy vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancers. Moreover, they are high in protein and dietary fiber while being low in calories and fat. Eat raw or lightly cooked for maximum nutritional benefits.
When it comes to dairy, it doesn’t come better than yogurt, especially yogurt with active bacterial cultures. It is calcium-rich (osteoporosis anyone?) and contains healthy probiotics that keep your intestines in good shape. Furthermore, yogurt is known to lower the risk of vaginal infections and stomach ulcers. We suggest you to always check the label first when buying yogurt. Opt for a low-fat, unsweetened variant that has live cultures in it, like lactobacillus.