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Anti-Ageing Superfoods

Anti-Ageing Superfoods
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Eating is one of life’s essentials, so it’s important we enjoy it. And to enjoy it, food needs to make us feel good, mentally AND physically. I love food. Sometimes a bit too much. But nothing spoils a meal more than knowing, deep down, it wasn’t that healthy. The pizza may taste great and release all sorts of happy chemicals into your brain, but behind all that is the nagging knowledge that a fresh salad would have been better for your body. But fear not – you too can enjoy the odd guilt-free junk-fest if you also make sure to include some of these superfoods in your diet. These anti-ageing wonders are packed with enough antioxidants to make your skin shine, boost your energy and are thought to help reduce the risk of experiencing age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

7 Superfoods

Olive Oil – this slick little number is rich in powerful anti-oxidants, including uber-effective polyphenols, which are thought to actively combat age-related illnesses. The mono-saturated fats in olive oil have also been found to have contribute significantly to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease

Fish – 30 years ago a study of Alaskan Inuits found them to be virtually free of heart disease. After much mulling over of the facts, scientists concluded this may be as a result of the significant amounts of fish they consume. Rich in Omega-3 fats, fish is great for preventing a build-up of cholesterol in the arteries. It’s high protein levels also help to keep the brain agile

Nuts and Seeds – the healthy lifestyle and vegetarian diet of the religious group the 7th-Day Adventists has been held up as an example of how to prolong your life. Most notable is their regular and abundant consumption of nuts and seeds which, as part of their overall lifestyle, are thought to add 2.5 years to the average life. Packed with unsaturated fats, nuts are also little vitamin bombs, all good stuff for keeping your body in great shape

Anti-Ageing SuperfoodsYoghurt – the humble white-stuff is loaded with calcium, so a regular intake of yoghurt is only going to help your body’s ageing battle against osteoporosis. Live yoghurt also contains good bacteria that help keep the gut healthy, promoting better absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foodstuffs you eat

Cocoa Bean – found in coffee and chocolate, the cocoa bean has been shown to have astonishing health benefits in the Kuna people from the San Blas islands near Panama. They drink copious amounts of a cocoa-based beverage, they have a very low rate of heart disease. It is thought this is due to the rich presence of flavanols – these work to maintain healthy blood vessel function, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, dementia, kidney diseases and type 2 diabetes

Wine – it’s been trumpeted for a while now that moderate-low wine consumption is good for the body. (Personally, I found this news cheered me up greatly.) Apparently wine helps guard against diabetes, heart disease and age-related memory loss (although this last one may depend on just how much you consume!). Red wine in particular is thought to be good as it contains reservatrol, a compound thought to help reduce the rate of cellular ageing

Blueberries – one of nature’s amazing creations, these little dark fruits are great for the skin, they have been found to limit and guard against inflammation and oxidising damage to cells. These benefits are thought to contribute to improved memory and motor function as your body ages

 

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