At Cenegenics Boston, one of the things we tell our clients over and over is that the key to looking and feeling your best in your 40s, 50, and beyond is 80% determined by your nutritional habits and 20% by everything else (exercise, supplements). What you put into your mouth is by far the most significant factor in your health. If you are 40 years of age or older, you can fight the effects of aging with these five powerful – and surprisingly delicious – anti aging foods.

1. Vegetables

It’s no secret that vegetables are necessary for healthy eating. Green, leafy vegetables especially are the building blocks of our health. Vegetables are one of the best sources of antioxidants available and really do slow the effects of aging. They also boost the immune system, help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower high blood pressure and, after a heart attack or stroke, lower cholesterol and unclog arteries. Eating lots of veggies (and fruit) could even reduce the risk of cancer in the digestive tract (including the colon and stomach) by up to 25 percent (source: Klatz). Try adding spinach and kale to your diet!

2. Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are not only delicious and versatile, they are are itty bitty antioxidant miracles. They promote cell health, help improve memory, and protect against disease. Make sure you buy organic, however, as berries are on the Dirty Dozen list (highest amount of pesticides).

3. Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, which helps lower blood pressure; vitamin E, which helps prevent cell damage; and calcium, which helps maintain strong bones (source: Cassetty).

4. Fish

Eating fish such as salmon and tuna provides the body with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, without being high in saturated fat like other meats. The American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3-rich fish at least two times per week [source: American Heart Association]. Studies have even shown that people who eat a lot of fish live longer.

5. Avocado

Avocado – which is a fruit, not a vegetable – is on almost every superfood list, and for good reason. One avocado contains more potassium than a banana, along with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and 4 grams of protein! It also contains many anti inflammatory nutrients.

With a few tweaks to your diet, you can be looking and feeling younger in no time! Give us a call at Cenegenics Boston if you’re interested in hearing more about our anti aging program.

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