Anti-Aging Super Foods for your Next Menu…

 

The quest for youth is never ending –  here are some anti-ageing super foods from the fruit and veggie patch that you really should be adding to your next menu…

 

1. Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat to fight aging. With the highest concentration of antioxidants of all berries, blueberries help combat both the physical and mental effects of aging.
They contain anthocyanin’s which research has shown to help improve memory, even slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, and Carrots
Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots all contain beta-carotene which gives them their orange colouring and provide a number of healthy aging benefits.
Beta-carotene contributes to healthy skin and eyes. It also helps reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

3. Tomatoes
Often a staple in many diets, the tomato is actually an anti-aging powerhouse. Tomatoes contain large amounts of the antioxidant compound lycopene which contributes to heart health and can help ward off diseases such as cancer.

4. Avocado
Avocados are chock-full of anti-aging components. They contain high levels of Vitamin E which is what helps you achieve perfect glowing skin and healthy hair.

5. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach and kale have been all the rage lately and for good reason. These vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin which help prevent eyesight deterioration as you age.

6. Broccoli
Broccoli is another vegetable which can help fight physical signs of aging. Rich in Vitamin C, Broccoli helps prevent wrinkles by synthesizing collagen for smooth, firm skin.

7. Salmon and Tuna
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon and tuna are great foods for staying youthful and healthy as you age.
Eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, is one of the omega-3 fatty acids contained in these fish and has been shown to help keep skin firm by preventing the breakdown of collagen and reducing inflammation. This anti-inflammatory characteristic also helps prevent the formation of skin cancer.

8. Olive Oil
While not technically a food per se, olive oil is a key ingredient in many recipes.
Hailed as an item of luxury in ancient Greece and Rome, olive oil helps maintain youthful glowing skin and hair.

9. Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a great anti-aging food for those with joint and bone issues. Cucumbers contain high amounts of water and silica which help to lubricate joints and increase the effectiveness of the connective tissues in your body.

10. Watermelon
Few people know how healthy watermelon is for the body. In fact, watermelon is packed with antioxidants and can help you look and feel younger.

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