If you are looking for the fountain of youth, no doubt the best and simplest choices are by eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitting regular, moderate exercise into your daily schedule. When it comes to foods that make you live longer and better, here are the top 10 for you.
The juice of the cranberry is known for preventing and helping cure urinary tract infections (UTIs). In fact, it can do more. It contains large amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C and salicylic acid. More importantly, a special compound found in cranberries may protect against heart disease and improve blood circulation.
Soy bean is sometimes referred as “vegetable meat” since it contains a lot of high quality protein, fat, vitamins and trace elements. While the Europeans are not accustomed to this kind of food yet, recently science proves that saponins found in soy have magical anti-aging effects. By the way, this super food is able to stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair roots.
Blueberry acts as a powerful antioxidant. At the same time, it is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Since it is thought to prevent inflammation and promote the discharge of free radicals, it is able to lower the risk of getting various types of cancer, heart disease, cognitive disorders, Parkinson’s syndrome, and the like. Scientists have done a test, in which they fed rats blueberry extract for some time that was equivalent to the duration of ten years of human life. It turns out that these rats perform better in their coordination and balance than those fed with an ordinary feed when they grow old. Apparently, this is largely down to the blueberry’s compounds that can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation. By the way, oxidative damage and inflammation are two important incentives associated with aging of motor functions and memory loss.
Although wine is the result of a simple fermentation, the nutritional value should not be underestimated. Its nutrients associated with longevity and health include anthocyanins, tannins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, resveratrol and other phenolic compounds, alcohol, and so on. So those who drink moderate amounts of wine may help aging-related memory loss, diabetes and heart disease. It is worth mentioning that in animal-based study resveratrol is found to activate the genes that delay cellular senescence.
In recent years more health benefits have been found in eating chocolate. It was reported that it helps the health of heart and brain and longevity. For example, the indigenous people who live on the San Blas Islands of Panama are 9 times less likely to get heart disease than those who live in mainland. The reason is that they eat a lot of chocolate and use cocoa powder drinks. As a result, their diet contains a lot of flavanols that are good for maintaining vascular function. Good vascular health can, in turn, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other similar diseases.
Walnuts and other nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which make it have the benefits that are similar to olive oil. Previous studies have linked the quantity of nuts to a lower risk of diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Besides, nuts are also rich in essential minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants. No wonder the latest study found that eating nuts regularly can extend life by around two and a half extra years.
We all know that human health mainly depends on nourishing diet and eating the most nourishing food is the key to longevity. According to survey on Japanese who have the longest life expectancy in the world, the secret of that longevity is a reasonable diet, especially the traditional diet of fish. Besides, a few decades ago experts began to investigate why the Alaska Native Inuit had very low incidence of heart disease and in the end they concluded that it is closely related to their consumption of a lot of fish. Now we know that that fish contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries and abnormal heart rhythms.
Yogurt contains an active growth factor that can enhance the body immune function, increase resistance to infection, and slow down the aging process. In fact, amongst the longest-lived people in the world many of them have the habit of long-term drinking yogurt. The typical example is the former Soviet republic of Georgia. And there are two main reasons for yogurt benefiting longevity. On the one hand, it can enhance immune function; one the other hand, it reduces serum cholesterol levels. Experiments have proved that 240 grams of yogurt a meal can help significantly reduce cholesterol levels after a week.
Researchers found that the incidence of coronary heart disease in the residents of some countries in the Mediterranean region was far lower than that in the United States and Europe although their daily intake of fat was very high. This is mainly because there olive oil is the main cooking oil, the survey found. Today a string of scientific studies show that olive oil’s high content of monounsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, and squalene not only reduces the chances of humans suffering from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, but also delays aging, fights cancer, and enhances immunity.
The study found that eating one avocado a day can help obese people lower cholesterol. Although the fat content of it is quite high, the monounsaturated fat, so-called “good fat”, is the main ingredient. Since it can lower bad cholesterol levels, it reduces the risk of heart disease or stroke. In addition, it is good for keeping the skin hydrated and helping the skin absorb some of the nutrients and vitamins needed.
To be honest, there are many ways to help eliminate all free radicals from your body. However, eating the above-mentioned healthiest foods is one of the most simple and effective means. No doubt they will help you live longer and look younger if eaten routinely enough.