March 6th 2012

Top anti-aging foods

We already know that our diet is what helps keep our body healthy and strong. All foods contain vital nutrients and minerals that keep our body up to snuff.

However, many vegetables and fruits are functional foods; that is, they play even more of a role in our bodies.

Here are our top anti-aging foods that will stave off the aging process before you’re ready to give in.

Apricots

Sweet apricots pack a powerful punch thanks to the carotenoids found in their soft orange exterior. The powerful antioxidants are beneficial to our bodies because we convert the carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A, which contributes to healthy eyes, gums, glansd, skin, hair, and nails.

Papaya

You might assume that oranges and other citrus are the top contenders when it comes to vitamin C, but ripe papayas actually trump them. They contain nearly three days worth of vitamin C, and are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Each of these antioxidants can  improve your skin, as well as strengthen your nails and hair.

Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers

Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers are at the fore front of nutrition-packed peppers. One of these peppers–any of the colors–gives your body about three times your daily needs of vitamin C. Vitamin C, as a powerful antioxidant, helps the skin because it increases collagen production. These bell peppers also contain a variety of anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent premature signs of aging.

Asparagus

They are loaded with potassium, necessary to help regulate fluids, which helps keep our skin clear, but asparagus also contains high levels of glutathione.  Glutathione minimizes skin damage that results from sun exposure. It also protects and repairs DNA and promotes healthy cell replications.

Olive Oil

In addition to making our food taste good and our skin smooth, the good monounsaturated fats in olive oil help maintain weight and benefit your heart. Risks of heart disease and other ailments are reduced thanks to its minimizing inflammation and cholesterol levels. It also improves skin circulation and digestion.

Pistachios

Not only are they loaded with healthy fats and a good source of protein, but pistachios also are filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants help fight inflammation, which helps with age spots and issues due to aging.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from environmental damage. To benefit from the most from this, consumed cooked tomatoes, such as in pizza sauce or pasta sauce. Cooked tomatoes contain two to eight times more lycopene than raw. This is because the carotenoid is tightly bound to the tomato’s cell walls, and when heated, the walls break down, releasing more lycopene for absorption and benefit for the body.

Citrus Fruits

Cara Cara oranges and pink grapefruits both have lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes. Similarly, blood oranges contain anthocyanin, which fights inflammation and results in healthier skin.

Brussels Sprouts

These mini cabbages are filled with antiaging benefits, including a huge dose of vitamin A, which promotes healthy, glowing skin.

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