Monday, February 28, 2011

Anti Aging?

Anti-aging foods have been around for since the beginning of time. Aging is a natural phenomenon in a human life cycle, but we can slow down aging by eating the right kinds of food and living healthy lifestyle. These anti aging foods are rich in antioxidants that help keep skin firm by safeguarding the skin’s collagen and elastic tissue from oxidants or free radicals that damage it. Here is an anti-aging pyramid to give you an idea.

Berries
Berries of all hues contain vitamin C and photochemicals known as flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants which help protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging. Blueberries are also known to have memory-boosting potential.

Avocado
Avocado is a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat that helps reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body. It's also a good source of vitamin E which can help maintain healthy skin, prevent skin aging, and alleviate menopausal hot flashes. It is also rich in fiber that is good for the digestive system and the heart.

Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts assist the body in fighting toxins and cancer. It is best to eat them raw or very lightly cooked so that the important enzymes remain intact.

Green Leafy Vegetables
These vegetables are prime sources of lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Green leafy vegetables are also rich in vitamin K which helps reduce bone loss and prevent fractures.

Nuts
Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants. They also enhance the digestive and immune systems, help control and/or prevent cancer, and control cholesterol levels.

Whole Grains
Whole grains like whole wheat, oats, brown rice and cereals are high in fiber and vitamin B which help improve the digestive system. They help prevent diabetes, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, high blood pressure and gum.

Wine
Drinking alcohol in moderation help prevent heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory deterioration. Red wine on the other hand contains resveratrol which is a potent antioxidant, inflammation depressant, fat burner and artery protector. Resveratol and red wine are together very powerful anti-aging foods. Anti-aging foods aren't hard to find. You see them all the time at your local grocery store, supermarket or farmer's market. So load up on these anti-aging foods for a healthier new you!