The really effective anti-aging food or diets are fresh fruits, vegetables especially red vegetables, Red vegetables contain a variety of useful vitamins and nutrients. Lycopene and anthocyanidins, two powerful antioxidants, are present in many red vegetables. Red vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers and beets, whole grain and food containing high amount of fibre. Oily fish is highly recommended anti aging agent with following benefits.
- They lessen the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the blood.
- They can alleviate inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and help to reduce the amount of medication taken for them.
- They lower blood pressure.
- They prevent the blood from forming clots, which therefore reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Omega-3 protects against heart and circulatory problems.
- It is good for the healthy development of the brain and eyes.
- It reduces the risk of thrombosis.
- It is good for sufferers of gout.
- Omega-3 clears cholesterol from the arteries, widening the artery walls and increasing elasticity.
- Omega-3 increases the levels of “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood, which protects the heart.
- People who regularly consume oily fish are less likely to suffer dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- Oily fish consumption reduces the risk of depression and helps people who are depressed to overcome it.
- Omega-3 is good for the development of a healthy baby, although pregnant women should limit themselves to no more than two portions of oily fish a week.
For staying young the consumption of fatty foods, junk foods and foods having high contents sugar and salt should be minimized, beside this there are many foods that may be incorporated in your diet to obtain maximum anti-aging results such as:-
1. Whole Meal Pasta and Rice
Don’t be misled by fad diets that make blanket pronouncements on the dangers of carbohydrates. They provide the body with fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function, and they are an important part of a healthy diet. But some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others. Wholemeal Pasta and Brown rice in particular is highly recommended as it contains a high amount of B vitamins.
Most of the nuts have very high sources of minerals especially walnuts and Brazil nuts. These are rich in potassium, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium and selenium although they are high in calories. Nuts should be included into a daily diet. It can improve the immune system, help digestion, prevent cancer and promote healthy skin. They are especially useful for lowering high cholesterol levels.
Soya is another product which is exceptional for menopausal women to maintain oestrogen levels. Soya may also ease the hot flushes associated with the menopause and guard 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.
Avocado is believed to be a vegetable but is actually a fruit, provides a source of good fat that the body needs to offset the levels of bad cholesterol in the body (saturated fat). Avocado gives good natural source of Vitamin E, vital for healthy skin and help to avert premature skin ageing. It contains hefty amounts of potassium which prevents high blood pressure and stops water retention.
Cruciferous vegetables consist of Cauliflower, Cabbage, Radish, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Turnip, Broccoli and Watercress. These types of vegetables can help the body fight toxins and even defend against some cancers. To exploit 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.
Eating one clove of garlic a day, either raw or cooked can help keep the body against heart disease and cancer. A study tells that women between the ages of 55 and 69 had a 50% lesser risk of developing colon cancer. Garlic helps to manage cholesterol levels and helped to thin the blood more successfully than aspirin which reduces the risk of heart attacks and heart disease.
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 useful to the older generation and is a great anti-aging agent.
All types of berries that is Blackberries, Blueberries, Blackcurrants and Black grapes contain phytochemicals that are known as flavonoids that are effective antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals that contribute to ageing.
Watermelon is a highly nutritional fruit containing Vitamin A, B, C and the pips hold essential fats, Zinc, Vitamin E and Selenium which all help shield the body from free radicals and ageing. Watermelon is especially healthful when drank as a juice.
It is only that water that keeps our bodies fully functional and healthier. 8 glasses of water should be consumed daily to filter the toxins and waste materials from the body. Stay away from sugary, processed drinks as much as possible, opt for fresh fruit juices, flavoured water, low fat or skimmed milk and keep away from drinking too much tea and coffee. Water can also be obtained from vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, picked onions etc. Thus fruits and vegetables having lots of water help in anti-aging and are anti-aging agents.