Whilst we all might like to turn back the clock every now and then, let’s face it, we are not getting any younger. Trying to find ways that may maximize our quality of life as the inevitable happens becomes of paramount importance as the years roll by.
As we all know keeping active and eating whole organic foods are high on the list of priorities when it comes to aging but did you know that there are some foods that, if eaten regularly, may give you a better chance of slowing down Old Father Time?
A good amount of scientific evidence supports the consumption of the foods listed below for anti-aging purposes, so enjoy!
1. Greek Yogurt
One of my favorites! This tasty treat is a step above regular yogurt as it is higher in protein and contains more GI-friendly probiotics. Make sure your read the label though as you will be surprised to read that some varieties have as much as 22g of sugar! Rule of thumb is to look for brands that quote less than 10g of sugars per serving. Always opt for plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, since full-fat can contain as much as 4g of saturated fat. Individuals who consume a 2000-calorie diet should limit saturated fat consumption to 20g or less daily. Remember frozen greek yoghurt is an amazing tasty treat.
These anti-oxidant power packed berries are extremely high in soluble fiber which supports your heart and helps regulate blood glucose levels. It is actually the skin of the blueberry that is cited as the superfood. They are extremely high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin K, which are all important for delaying some of the early signs of aging.
Who doesn’t love a cup of “Joe” mid morning? You might love it better when you realize that drinking coffee has been associated with a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, certain infections, and even breast cancer in women.
We all knew an apple a day would keep the doctor away. Well, maybe not totally “away” but at least your next GP visit might be a little more positive. Apples contain soluble fiber, which acts like a sponge and soaks up cholesterol in your bloodstream before carrying it out of your system. They are also responsible for helping the control of the absorption of blood sugar which ultimately can reduce the risk of diabetes. Apples are high in vitamins to strengthen your immune system, potassium to support healthy cardiac functions, and antioxidants to protect your cells from damage.
We are all using Quinoa as a substitute for refined grains and pasta these days so you will be pleased to know that this South American seed is absolutely loaded with protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Like most grains, it is also high in fiber.
If you had to choose just one vegetable to eat above all others it should be broccoli! This little green “tree” has an abundant variety of nutrients, from fiber to antioxidants to vitamins A, C, and K. Broccoli is beneficial to every part of your body, including your eyes, bones, blood, heart, and immune system.
Adding this tasty protein once a week will ensure that you are receiving a good portion of omega-3 fatty acids. These “good fats” help to protect us from cardiovascular diseases by keeping our arteries and veins in good working order as well as reducing inflammation throughout our body to help improve joint and brain function.
8. Leafy Greens
Not a fan of broccoli? Then leafy greens are the next best thing! Adding kale, spinach, Swiss chard, escarole, arugula, or collard greens to your plate will give your body a boost of nutrition, whether you choose to cook them, juice them, or eat them raw.
9. Dark Chocolate
Oh, thank goodness I hear you all cry, I get to enjoy chocolate? The answer is a resounding yes if it is the dark variety. This dark indulgence contains both flavonoids and polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help prevent a heart attack and stroke. Chocolate also has positive effects on blood pressure and can possibly help clear arterial blockages. Look for brands that have at least 70 percent cocoa solids.