Aging is inevitable and natural, but there are many ways and means to slow down the signs of aging both for your overall health and your looks! Nutrition, exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle all contribute significantly to how we age.
Research on anti-aging superfoods shows that certain foods that we consume have health and anti-aging benefits for inside and outside of our bodies. These foods won’t reduce wrinkles per say, but thanks to their various antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and health-boosting powers, they can aid in improving your health and help to slow down the aging clock. By eating these foods, you can fight inflammation, kill free radicals, and improve your overall well-being – which will show on your face and in your total health. Here are 5 examples of some of the most common – and most potent – superfoods that many of us eat in our everyday diets.
Blueberries are not only delicious, but are also packed full of antioxidants. In fact, blueberries have the highest antioxidant count of all the berries. They also contain anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve cognition, memory and may even slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also fight inflammation, which is a main culprit in the cause of many diseases including arthritis and even cancer. Blueberries are great to buy in bulk and freeze so you can eat them all year long – in pancakes, smoothies and more!
The fact that tomatoes are considered a superfood is great news, as they are a common staple food in many diets. Because tomatoes contain the antioxidant called lycopene, it has excellent anti-inflammatory abilities, and even helps to protect our skin from sun damage by preventing collagen breakdown. Don’t forget to eat that delicious tomato soup or spaghetti sauce, as cooked tomatoes have been shown to release higher concentrations of lycopene vs. raw tomatoes. Even better – throw a few sundried tomatoes on your salad or pizza for the highest boost of lycopene out there.
We know that kale is all the rage right now, and Popeye certainly knew what he was doing when it came to spinach. There truly is no end to the benefits of these types of leafy greens, which also include dandelion greens, Swiss chard, and even beet greens. Many leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, E and K, and can help maintain healthy eyes, protect your body from free radical damage and even help to keep your heart healthy. They also help to contribute to your skin’s healthy glow by keeping your skin’s cells and its DNA healthy. If you’re not a salad lover, add those greens to a smoothie or cook them up in a soup for maximum nutrition. Don’t forget to try roasting kale in the oven for some delicious kale chips, too!
Salmon and Tuna
Salmon and tuna are both full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen. They also have anti-inflammatory qualities that help to prevent the formation of skin cancer. Omega 3’s also help to protect your heart by keeping heart-related diseases at bay, and even better, research has shown that eating foods rich in omegas can help to improve your mood! Eat your fish, feel good and look good, all in one!
Avocado is another Omega-3 rich superfood that has anti-aging benefits. Most of the fat found in an avocado is monounsaturated, which can protect you from heart disease and cancer, as well as lower cholesterol. Avocados are an almost perfect food, nutrition-wise. They contain a ton of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies cannot produce naturally, they are full of antioxidants, and they taste delicious. Slice it up into a salad or mash it up and make some guacamole!