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Everyone knows that one of the keys to weight loss and healthy living is a wholesome diet. Cutting out processed foods and filling your plate with fresh vegetables is an effective way to shed pounds and improve overall health. Recent studies now show that consuming plenty of fresh produce may have another advantage...longevity. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and loaded with nutrition, so it’s really no surprise that they are believed to contain powerful anti-aging properties as well. In addition to fruits and vegetables, there are several other foods that make the top of the anti-aging list.
When it comes to fruits containing high levels of antioxidants and anti-aging properties, berries are at the top of the list. Berries are effective at fighting off the free radicals that can lead to cell damage throughout the body. These molecules, when damaged, can result in chronic inflammation leading to a host of unhealthy conditions. The chronic inflammation that occurs is persistent and does not heal in time the same way an inflamed injury would eventually heal. This type of inflammation is believed to be responsible for the development of such health conditions as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer. Not only do the antioxidants in berries ward off this inflammation, they also have amazing memory-boosting potential to protect against dementia and age-related memory loss. The large amount of vitamin C found in berries helps smooth wrinkles by eliminating free radicals in skin cells, leaving your complexion looker smoother and younger.
Dark Leafy Greens
Also high in antioxidants, dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale are chock full of anti-aging properties such as lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant pigments help to shield the eyes from the damaging effects of UV light. This helps to preserve eyesight and keep vision sharp. Dark leafy greens are especially rich in vitamin K, which helps to maintain strong bones and reduce bone loss. This helps protect against fractures and breaks.
Parents know that protein is important for growing children and teens, but it becomes even more critical for adults. After he age of 40, muscle mass begins to decline significantly, on average by about 1% each year. Not only does that affect the muscles, but it also leads to a significant decline in metabolism. The combination of these two factors makes it easier to pack on the pounds. With added weight gain comes a decrease in balance, lack of strength, impaired ability to recover from an injury and an increased risk of developing heart disease. Filling up on protein-rich foods such as lean chicken and turkey breasts without the skin, seafood, beans, dairy and eggs will help keep muscle mass intact, keep bones healthy and strong and even keep blood pressure at healthy levels.
Fish Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood help to prevent chronic inflammation. There is evidence that suggests that eating Omega-3 rich fish can help boost brain function and improve memory and mood. Fish high in these healthy fats include salmon, tuna, mackerel and other fresh water fish.