Eating Your Way into a Longer Life

By Refadoc, Posted on : Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 2:27 pm IST

Antioxidants and Aging: It is recommended to eat foods which are rich in antioxidants in order to fight against the free radicals, which are the unstable oxygen molecules that add to the aging process. Choose berries, beets and tomatoes. Add at least five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet.

  • Olive Oil: Olive oil contains monosaturated fats that are known to boost your memory. Oleocanthol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory product, is known to increase the HDL, the good cholesterol which clears off all the fat from the blood vessel walls.
  • Berries: Berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants. Chose from Strawberries, blueberries and acai berries in order to fight against cancers and other degenerative diseases of the brain. Frozen berries are a rich source of Polyphenols.
  • Fish: If you can, try to top off your salad with tuna or salmon, instead of chicken. Fish has also been called brain food due to the fatty acids, DHA and EPA found in it, which are responsible for the brain and the nervous system development. Eating fish one or two times in a week is also known to decrease the chances of dementia. Omega 3 fats which are found in fatty fish are also known to lower the cholesterol as well as triglycerides, easing the inflammation that leads to arthrosclerosis.
  • Beans: Make sure that your add fiber rich beans to your diet, three or four times a week. Fiber helps you to fight against lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol, constipation as well as aids your digestion. Eating a high fiber diet is also known to help you lose the body weight and regulates the level of glucose in the bloodstream.
  • Nuts: Nuts are packed with cholesterol free proteins and other nutrients. Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant which is known to protect the body from cell damage and helps to boost the immune system. Pecans are a rich source of antioxidants. The unsaturated fats found in walnuts are known to reduce the LDL and raise the levels of HDL cholesterol. However, buts are not fat free. Therefore, consume in moderation. 
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