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10 Foods That Help You Stay Young

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It’s everyone’s goal to stay young both physically and mentally, and science has been hard at work for centuries trying to find the best ways to do so. Short of inventing a time machine, it’s impossible to simply turn back a clock to stay young forever. However, there are a number of natural foods that have been proven to at least slow the process down.

1.     Dark chocolate

Eating a small piece of chocolate with a high percentage of cacao has been proven to slow the effects of aging. Next time you’re in the grocery store, look for chocolate with between 70 and 90 per cent of cacao. Of course, it’s important that you consume it in moderation. Don’t let the delicious chocolate carry you away!

2.     Salmon

Salmon is rich in antioxidants that can help increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and improve blood circulation, as well as boosting the immune system and preventing DNA damage. Salmon fish gets its anti-aging properties from consuming bacteria and algae in the water rich in these antioxidants.

3.     Avocado

Avocado is well-known today for being a superfood and a healthy substitute to butter. Avocados have been proven to reduce cell damage, lower cholesterol, and boost the immune system with its rich collection of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. As a source of lutein, avocados can even reduce the risk of cataracts and other degenerative eye conditions.

4.     Nuts

There are many types of nuts out there and they all help to prevent chronic disease, cancer, and boost your cardiovascular system. Nuts such as chestnuts, walnuts, pecans, and many others are rich sources of unsaturated fats that are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Of course, not everyone can consume nuts, so it’s important to make sure that you’re not allergic before incorporating them into your diet.

5.     Bone broth

Bone broth is a great way to absorb a range of minerals and healthy compounds that help to build and maintain bone strength. It’s also a great source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which help to reduce inflammation arthritis and joint pain.

6.     Maca root

As we age, our hormones aren’t what they once were, but there are natural supplements that can help to reverse this, such as the maca root. It’s a superfood that has been known to balance out estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in the body. Maca has also been said to improve sexual performance and relieve symptoms of menopause.

7.     Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice known for its use in many tasty dishes, but it’s also a great way to prevent joint aging and degeneration of the brain. It’s a main source of curcumin, which is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, and supports liver function.

8.     Blueberries

Blueberries are an excellent and delicious source of anthocyanins, which are known for its anti-aging properties, including preventing cell damage from free radicals, as well as slowing down brain cell damage.

9.     Collagen

Eating foods rich in collagen or adding collagen supplements to your meals have been found to protect the skin from the effects of aging. Studies have also indicated that it may also be helpful in the growth of bones and the maintenance of bone health.

10.  Figs

Figs are high in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. They’re great for your digestive system, as well as potentially helping to lower cholesterol levels, and prevent cancer. Figs are also helpful in keeping your stress levels in check by preventing hypertension. Figs are a rich source of calcium, which helps to improve and maintain bone strength; this is especially essential for anyone trying to keep the effects of aging at bay a little while longer.

To learn more, come book an appointment at our clinic, where our dietician can help you form a nutrition plan that best fits your lifestyle and goals.