It happens to all of us. It can start with your hair slowly turning gray. Or maybe it’s the wrinkles that you see when you look in the mirror. Perhaps it’s the fact that you have less energy than you did a year ago, and you’re getting sick more often.
No matter what the signs are, it all comes down to one hard truth. A truth that all of us at some point must accept. You’ re getting old.
With old age comes the slow breakdown of the body. Then comes the collapse of the mind. Followed by debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s, arthritis, and blindness.
The sad thing is there’s nothing you can do about it. Or is there?
The main reason why you’re old before your time.
To understand how we combat the negative effects of aging; we must first understand how it happens. The most popular explanation is the Free Radical Theory.
Free Radicals are atoms that carry an odd number of electrons. These atoms can cause oxidative stress which can damage parts of the cell like the mitochondria— which in turn damages the DNA.
This leads to:
- Wrinkling of the skin.
- Impairment of brain cells which can lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
- A debilitated immune system that leaves the body vulnerable to all kinds of infections.
Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid free radicals. They are produced in the body and are abundant in our environment (UV radiation, car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke).
To protect the body from the effects of oxidants the body produces antioxidants. But your body doesn’t always produce enough to protect us. So where do you get it?
The ultimate key to age-defying beauty and longevity.
If you guessed food then you’re right. In this post, you’ll learn about 10 anti-aging foods that will help you to age slower.
These nutrient-dense foods will protect you from other diseases while helping you to age gracefully.
You’ll feel good when people assume you’re a decade younger than your actual age.
Your confidence will soar when that attractive 20-something flirts with you.
So if you’re really ready to age like a fine wine( Sorry, I know that line is cheesy.) then read on.
We’re starting this list off strong. Aside from being juicy and tasty, strawberries can help protect your body against one of the most dangerous enemies of youth and vitality. Radiation.
Radiation can induce wrinkling of the skin, damage the brain, and cause cancer.
According to this article published on the NY Times website, strawberries can help prevent that.
In an experiment to test the protective effects that berries have against radiation; scientists fed rats that were contaminated with radiation a diet of strawberries and blueberries.
After thirty days of being on the mixed-berry diet protected the rats against the radiation.
- Apple Peels
In the post foods 11 foods that fight cancer, I listed the cancer-fighting benefits of apples. In this post, I’ll talk about the anti-aging benefits of the skin of the apple— the peel.
The peel of the apple contains phenolic compounds and flavonoids. These antioxidants can help protect the cells of the body from free radicals.
It can also help to protect your body from other ailments like cancer, heart disease, and asthma¹.
- Aged Garlic Extract
Cultivators will purposely age their garlic because aged garlic contains stronger antioxidants¹ without the odor of fresh ones.
The antioxidants contained in garlic protects our DNA from mutations. It also plays a supporting role in protecting the brain from being impaired by the damage caused by pollutants.
Squash contains carotenes. Carotenes is a phytochemical that gives squash its color. This phytochemical can help protect the cells from the damage caused by harmful free radicals.
In addition, according to this AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) article, carotenoids in squash can help fight cancer. Another benefit of squash is that it can enhance the immune system.
Kale is loaded with antioxidants. One of the most important of them is Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin helps to protect the cells of the eyes from age-related diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts¹.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, like squash, contains carotenes. It also contains vitamins A, C, and E.
Vitamin C helps protect the skin against wrinkles. Vitamin A helps your eyes to remain healthy and strong as you get older. Vitamin E can help the body fight off many diseases.
And here’s an electrifying fact: According to this New York Daily News article, when scientists ran an electrical current through a sweet potato; they discovered that electricity can enhance the power of the antioxidants contained in sweet potatoes.
The benefit of cantaloupe is that it has a sweet taste while being full of antioxidants. Similar to sweet potatoes, cantaloupe contains vitamins A and C. Like kale, cantaloupe contains zeaxanthin¹, which as already mentioned will help protect age-related vision problems.
- Dark Chocolate
The power of dark chocolate lies in the fact that it is derived from cocoa beans. Cocoa beans contain flavonoids and polyphenols.
These antioxidants can protect the skin from wrinkling and skin cancer. It does this by shielding the skin from harmful UV rays as documented in this study.
In addition, according to another study, those same flavonoids can protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline.
- Sour Cherries
Sour cherries contain quinic acid which is a flavonoid that is a vital anti-aging food for slower aging.
That’s because quinic acid can help to repair DNA. It does this by increasing the body’s production nicotinamide also known as vitamin B3.¹
Studies show that nicotinamide can protect and rejuvenate the cells in the skin that are damaged by UV exposure.
If that wasn’t enough sour cherries also contains anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can protect the neurons from neurodegenerative diseases¹.
Oranges contain carotenes, flavonoids, and vitamin C. It also contains folate, otherwise known as vitamin B.
Vitamin B can help prevent premature aging by repairing damaged DNA. Increasing consumption of vitamin B can also protect against cancer.
How to delay death and extend life.
It’s been six months since you’ve noticed the signs of aging. Instead of despairing you decided to take action. So you added anti-aging foods to your diet. Although the wrinkles you had are still there—your skin has a wondrous glow. It’s soft as cotton and as smooth as satin.
Your energy levels are as high as they were in your teens. Your mind is as sharp as a blade and focused. It’s as if you’ve been reborn into a newer, more vibrant body.
That’s because instead of your body is full of destructive free radicals; it is filled with powerful antioxidants that will create stronger and more efficient cells.
To get the full benefits of antioxidants you should try to get them as fresh as possible. An organic grocery store or a local farmer’s market are good places to go.
If you need help finding an organic grocery store in your area you can check out organic.org.
If you want to know where your nearest local farmers market is located, you can check out the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) website.
So what are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger.