Did you know that certain foods have anti-aging properties? Eating to combat aging means more than just eating healthy – specific foods contain nutrients that can boast anti-aging benefits.
Going Nuts about Berries and Beans
One of the most effective ways to combat the signs of aging is to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. Berries are a great natural source of antioxidants and your diet should include plenty of fresh berries like blueberries, cranberries and blackberries. Nuts and fish are also very effective in combating the effects of aging as well as improving your overall health. Beans are not only a very high source of protein; they are also extremely rich in antioxidants. In fact, just half a cup of dried red kidney beans provides some of the richest levels of antioxidants. Try and have a bean-based meal three to five times a week.
Melons are not just a great low-calorie food, they are chock-full of vitamins. One cup of cantaloupe will cover almost all your vitamin A and C needs for a whole day. Watermelon is another good food to add to your diet as it contains lycopene, which is known to have antioxidant properties. A real anti-aging wonder food is the avocado, as it contains a number of nutrients which help in repairing the body and improving longevity. Avocados are a rich source of antioxidants, oleic acid, potassium and folate.
Did You Say Chocolate?
That’s right; an effective anti-aging diet plan can include chocolate. Dark chocolate can be good for your heart, and can also lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Dark chocolate contains oleic acid and stearic acid which can be good for you, but keep in mind it also contains palmitic acid, which can raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. This means that chocolate should be eaten in moderation; 100 grams of dark chocolate a day is ideal.