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Monday, January 14, 2013

SUPERFOODS : THOSE FIGHTS AGING

Though nothing can really turn back the hands of time, we can all try our best to slow it down. If you are looking for a natural way to look and feel young, try these top 20 anti-aging superfoods.

BLUEBERRIES
When it comes to anti-aging molecules, antioxidants are the cream of the crop. These molecules can slow down the aging process and even help rebuild damaged cells within the body. Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet.

SALSA
Foods made out of tomatoes contain a healthy amount of lycopene, an essential nutrient that can cut the risk of certain types of cancers. Lycopene's anti-aging properties become more and more vital as the years pass.

NUTS
If you are searching for a healthy snack, go nuts with nuts. Not only do nuts help suppress your appetite, they also contain magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, selenium, copper, fiber and healthy types of fats. 

ORANGE JUICE
A glass of orange juice in the morning can start your day off right, giving your body beta carotene, vitamin C and many other anti-aging elements. Orange juice is also a natural energy booster, and a must-have superfood.

BROCCOLI
Able to help remove toxins, eating broccoli a few times per week is a great way to stay feeling young. When preparing broccoli, use fresh broccoli rather than frozen broccoli because the freezing process removes some of the natural phytochemicals in this superfood.

GREEN TEA
Research has suggested a link between drinking green tea and a lowered chance of breast cancer. The scientific reasoning is the fact that green tea helps limit the amount of estrogen in the body. An abundance of estrogen can increase your breast cancer likelihood.

SPINACH
Popeye might have been on to something with this superfood. Not only does spinach contain the needed amounts of iron and calcium, it also has a pair of carotenoids that can keep your eyes youthful and functioning properly.

COFFEE
Not only can coffee help you make it through a rough day, it can also have a positive affect on your heath. Colon cancer rates among those who drink coffee on a regular basis are lower, as are the rates for diabetes. 

APPLES
When practicing anti-aging habits, the brain is undoubtedly the organ to target first and foremost. With that in mind, remember to eat an apple a day. Not only will it help keep the doctor away, it will provide you with quercetin - a molecule that keeps your brain healthy.

CINNAMON
Long hailed for its abilities to keep blood glucose levels at regular levels, cinnamon is a fantastic substitute for sugar when you want to add a bit of flavor to a meal. This superfood spice also has properties that help avoid premature aging.

BROWN RICE
Part of staying young is staying energized. The complex carbs found in brown rice are the perfect way to get the power you need to live full speed ahead. In addition to the carbs, brown rice also has a high amount of vitamin B and fiber.

CARROTS
Eating one raw carrot a day does wonders in terms of keeping your immune system strong and able to fight off illnesses. Carrots also lower the risk of some cancers and a few age-related conditions.

SOY MILK
If you haven't tried soy milk yet, give it try. Drinking soy milk can ease the transition into menopause and also fight against osteoporosis. Look for fortified soy milk to get the most bang for your buck. 

OATMEAL
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world. The good news is that oatmeal contains soluble fiber that can lower your cholesterol level, which in turn increases the health of your cardiovascular system.

AVOCADO
Avocado has multiple anti-aging agents working for you. First of all, the mono-saturated fatty acids will keep your heart healthy. Secondly, avocados help you absorb other elements such as lycopene and beta carotene.

CHOCOLATE
What if I told you eating chocolate helps you stay young? It's true. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can help lower blood clot risks and also lower the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

WATER
Although it may be overlooked, water certainly belongs in the superfood category and is essential to staying young. It gives your body the power to expel toxins and it keeps your skin soft and smooth. Water can also help your hair and nails keep their natural shine.

Olive, Canola, and Walnut Oils Like avocados and olives, these cooking oils aid the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and phytochemicals. A study last year showed that when a salad of spinach, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots was topped with fat-free salad dressing, fat-soluble carotenoids were not absorbed. A better bet: monounsaturated oil (olive, peanut, walnut, avocado) or polyunsaturated oil. Both types lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and increase "good" HDL levels. When selecting a polyunsaturated oil, chose those with a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, such as canola oil, walnut oil, and flaxseed oil, over corn and safflower oil. "Omega-6 acids can increase the amount of inflammation in the body, while omega-3s have the opposite effect," says Daniel Nadeau. 


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