Is it possible to find the fountain of youth through nutrition?
Maybe not quite, but I think all can agree that what you eat and put into your body is a major player in age and vibrancy.
So what are these borderline “miraculous” foods?
We have a list of ten for you:
We’ll start at the beginning of the alphabet with this one. It’s time we stop fearing healthy fats, and avocados take the cake or should I say guacamole! Avocados are actually classified as a fruit and are full of monounsaturated fat that’s great for energy.
These smooth delights also boast B vitamins, potassium, folic acid, vitamin E, and fiber!
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein and other nutrients to keep your body strong. Don’t be afraid of the yolks, as they are one of the highest dietary sources of B vitamins. The choline in eggs can help everything from improving neurological function, a great plus as we age, to reducing inflammation.
Now we have come to the antioxidant gems. Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radical damage and berries are brimming with them. The darker the better – think black and blue, as these tend to provide the best anti-aging benefits. The high vitamin C content makes berries fabulous for the skin too.
4. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Eating dark chocolate protects the skin (sorry, milk chocolate doesn’t have the same effect). It has been shown to fight against that harmful and aging UV damage from sun exposure. Dark chocolate can increase circulation to the skin and even reduce the appearance of fine lines!
A great, vegetarian protein source, but that’s not all these guys are good for. Omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamin E, even calcium are added nutrients. According to doctoroz.com, just 2 Brazil nuts a day will stop aging in its tracks. Bonus, they make an easy, on-the-go snack!
When your momma told you to eat your greens, it wasn’t for her benefit. It turns out that vegetables truly have an essential place in your diet. The green leafy kind, like spinach and kale, contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which also protect against those UV rays keeping skin young. Add vitamins A, C, K, and E for immunity and you’ve got a winner.
You may not be battling vampires, but garlic has some health power that can’t be beat! A major player against infection, garlic has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Many consider fish oil to be one of the best, natural anti-agers out there – keeping hair and skin healthy, fighting inflammation, and protecting the heart. Cod, especially, works to protect skin from cancer and sun damage.
Sunflower seeds work to prevent collagen breakdown in the skin. Flax seeds are full of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals like zinc, magnesium, and folate. Flax seeds can lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. Chia seeds slow down digestion, which in turn can help balance blood sugar.
Seems like an appropriate time of year to add pumpkin to the list. With more than 200 percent of your recommended daily vitamin A in just one cup, pumpkin will have your skin aglow. Vitamin A helps keep vision sharp, and pumpkin is also high in fiber to keep you full and shedding any excess pounds.
So there you have it, ten anti-aging foods that will boost your health with the vibrancy of youth and taste delicious too!