Best Foods To Help Fight The Aging Process

More wrinkles creeping over your face, memory loss and worsening eyesight can all be signs of the aging process. Unfortunately it’s impossible to fight aging completely but here are some of the best foods to eat to ease that dreaded process.

Turmeric

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This super spice does wonders for fighting aging in a number of ways. It protects brain and skin cells from free radical damage which can slow down the wrinkle process and the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in turmeric can help fight off Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric also helps to lower cholesterol, ultimately lessening the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Leafy green vegetables

Most green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli are packed full of antioxidants which can reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, improve your memory and prevent some types of cancer and heart disease. A great way to get your daily hit of green vegetables is to juice them. Juicing vegetables breaks down the plant’s cell walls which means that your digestive system has less work to do, so all of the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are absorbed quicker into your body.

Hemp seeds

Yes, it’s true! Hemp seeds are very beneficial for your health. They contain all nine essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, vitamin E and trace minerals. Amino acids help to keep skin radiant, nails firm and hair strong while the protein helps to keep skin firm and supple. The most nutritious way to eat hemp seeds is raw, so consider sprinkling them over a salad or adding them to a smoothie for a protein boost.

Berries

These tiny fruits pack a lot of punch when it comes to goodness, especially blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, blackberries and cranberries. They are rich in antioxidants which can help with brain function and also help to prevent some types of cancer. Berries are also a great source of Vitamin C which is needed to produce collagen – a protein that plays a huge role in maintaining healthy skin and bones.

Olive oil

Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats (which are the good ones) as well as antioxidants and vitamin E, which means it can slow down the aging of the heart and improve arterial function. Typically, a Greek will normally consume on average, 24 litres of olive oil a year so it’s no surprise that populations from the Mediterranean region have longer life expectancies, and less risk of stroke or heart disease.

Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which can calm the inflammation in skin breakouts. It is also high in antioxidants, especially carotenoids that can improve eyesight and protect skin cells from the sun.

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