Foods that Fight Aging

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29 Jul 2015

I awoke this morning only to discover a new wrinkle, an unwelcome addition with far too many friends to count.  Aging is a natural phenomenon in a human lifecycle.  It cannot be prevented, and as we age our bodies will change and deteriorate.  Wrinkles and memory loss are just two of the many manifestations of aging.  A higher risk of contracting diseases like cancer, developing Alzheimer’s, elevated blood pressure, and cardiac failures are all associated with aging.  We cannot reverse the aging process, but we can slow it down by eating the right kinds of food and living healthy.  In general, keep your caloric and saturated fat intake down; eat plenty of whole grains, oily fish, fruits, and vegetables; cut down on salt and sugar.  There are ten specific anti-aging foods that will help you in your fight against Mother Nature, and should be regularly included in your diet.

  1. Avocado – this fruit is a good source of monounsaturated fat, and reduces the LDL cholesterol.  It also is an excellent source of vitamin E that will prevent skin aging, and alleviate menopausal hot flushes.
  2. Berries– All black and blue berries contain phytochemicals, which help protect the body against free radicals and aging.  Blueberries are known to have memory-boosting potential.
  3. Cruciferous vegetables– includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turnip, brussel sprouts, radish, and watercress.  These vegetables assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancer.
  4. Garlic– Eating a clove of garlic a day helps keep cancer and heart disease away.  A 1994 study in Iowa suggested that women who ate a clove of garlic at least once a week were 50% less likely to develop colon cancer.  Another study in India found that garlic reduced cholesterol levels, and was more effective at blood thinning than aspirin.
  5. Ginger– can be used to boost digestive and circulatory systems, and helps alleviate rheumatic aches and pains.
  6. Nuts– They are high in calories and fat, but in small amounts are a good source of minerals, especially walnuts and brazil nuts.  They enhance the digestive and immune systems, help control/prevent cancer, and control cholesterol levels.
  7. Soy– Helps menopausal women maintain estrogen levels, and assuage hot flush.
  8. Wholemeal pasta & brown rice– These are complex carbohydrates that supply energy throughout the day.
  9. Watermelon– Both flesh and seeds are nutritious, and help against free radical damage and aging.
  10. Water– Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.  It helps us get rid of the toxins and waste from our bodies.

Scientists at the USDA have developed a ratio scale that measures the antioxidant content of various plant foods.  The scale is called ORAC – Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.  They found that a small group of “superfoods” have up to twenty times the antioxidant power of other foods.  It is recommended that one consumes 3,000 ORAC units a day, which is not too difficult since ½ cup of blueberries are 2,400 units.


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We are what we eat. Fortunately though, many foods are proven to drastically make our life better. A combination of the ten specific anti-aging foods mixed with the ORAC superfoods have the power to delay aging and make our bodies healthier. These foods will make you feel better, keep you younger, and fend off disease.  An anti aging diet together with wrinkle cream will keep you looking and feeling marvelous!

The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.