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10 Most Recommended Anti-Ageing Foods

Feb 18th 2011 at 10:58 AM

10 Most Recommended Anti-Ageing Foods

 

The ideal anti-ageing diet would be a diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish, plenty of wholegrain and fibre. Keeping your intake of fatty and sugary foods to a minimum is vital for staying healthy and looking younger for longer. Other than these guidelines there are other foods that are well worth including in your diet for optimum results inside and out.

 

Avocado

 

Avocado is believed to be a vegetable but is actually a fruit, provides a source of good fat (mono-unsaturated fat) that the body needs to counteract the levels of bad cholesterol in the body (saturated fat). Avocado gives good natural source of Vitamin E, imperative for healthy skin and help to prevent premature skin ageing. It contains large amounts of potassium which prevents high blood pressure and stops water retention.

 

 

Berries

 

Blackberries, Blueberries, Blackcurrants and Black grapes contain phytochemicals that are known as flavonoids that are potent antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals that contribute to ageing.

 

 

Cruciferous Vegetables

 

Cruciferous vegetables consist of: Cauliflower, Cabbage, Radish, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Turnip, Broccoli and Watercress. These kinds of vegetables can help the body fight toxins and even safeguard against some cancers. To harness the full effect of these vegetables it is recommended that you consume 115g/40z of either one or a selection of these vegetables daily. They are best eaten raw or if you must cook them, cook them very lightly so that the enzymes are not destroyed.

 

Garlic

 

 

Garlic doesn’t just keep Vampires away, studies show that eating one clove of garlic a day, either raw or cooked can help protect the body against heart disease and cancer. A study in IOWA, America showed that women between the ages of 55 and 69 had a 50% lesser risk of developing colon cancer. Another study in India showed that garlic helps to control cholesterol levels and helped to thin the blood more effectively than aspirin which reduces the risk of heart attacks and heart disease.

 

Ginger

 

The spicy root known as Ginger helps to boost digestion and aid the circulatory system. It can also help to relieve the symptoms, especially aches and pains of rheumatic conditions which are especially worthwhile to the older generation.

Nuts

 

Nearly all varieties of nuts are very high sources of minerals especially walnuts and Brazil nuts. Walnuts are especially rich in potassium, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium and selenium although they are high in calories. Nuts should be incorporated into a daily diet wherever possible by sprinkling them on cereals or desserts etc. It can improve the immune system, help digestion, prevent cancer and promote healthy skin. They are especially useful for lowering high cholesterol levels.

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Soya

 

Soya is excellent for menopausal women to maintain oestrogen levels. Soya may also ease the hot flushes associated with the menopause and protect against osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Fermented soya products are preferable over ones that have been genetically modified as they are easier to digest and are more nutritional.

 

Whole Meal Pasta and Rice

 

Without regular intake of complex carbohydrates you may lack energy and they are an excellent source of fibre and iron. Complex carbohydrates should be a big part of your daily diet. Wholemeal Pasta and Brown rice in particular is highly recommended as it contains a high amount of B vitamins.

 

Watermelon

 

Watermelon is a highly nutritional fruit containing Vitamin A, B, C and the pips contain essential fats, Zinc, Vitamin E and Selenium which all help protect the body from free radicals and ageing. Watermelon is especially healthful when put in a blender and drank as a juice.

 

 

Water

It goes without saying that water is required to keep our bodies fully functioning and healthier. 8 glasses of water should be consumed every day to filter the toxins and waste materials from the body. Avoid sugary, processed drinks as much as possible, opting for fresh fruit juices, flavoured water, low fat or skimmed milk and avoid drinking too much tea and coffee. Water can also be obtained from vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, picked onions etc.

 

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