New recipes

Foods That Keep You Young

Foods That Keep You Young

From your mind to your skin, we know the perfect food antidotes to aging

iStock/Thinkstock

Want to look at feel like you’re 17 again? Eat these delicious foods.

So many people believe the “fountain of youth” can be found in a facial cream or a bottle of beauty serum. In an effort to look youthful, people pile on makeup and lotions that "guarantee" a transformation that will turn back the clock.

Click here for the 11 Foods That Keep You Young (Slideshow)

It should be no secret that the secret to looking young is so much more than skin deep. True “everlasting youth” begins on the inside and works its way out. Our favorite solution? Start with food. You’ve heard all about the benefits water has in keeping you looking and feeling young, but have you ever considered the fact that what you eat could affect how you show your signs of aging? Not only can you use this natural resource to look young, it can help you feel young as well.

For instance, drizzles of olive oil on your salad can ease your aching joints with its anti-inflammatory properties and put that youthful skip back into your step. And to see the world through young, sharp eyes you have to load up on foods like spinach and sweet potatoes which are high in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin A.

There are plenty more foods that have multiple purposes and act as anti-aging superfoods, from salmon to blueberries. Incorporate these delicious foods into your diet and we bet you’ll take a walk back through time!

For Your Brain

Staying young means nothing if you aren’t staying smart. You definitely want to load up on the brain-boosting foods to keep your wits razor sharp. Foods like blueberries contain anthocyanins, which help reverse age-related declines in cognitive and motor function.

For Your Muscles

Nothing will make you feel older than aching muscles, but a healthy diet can help with muscle architecture, while others reduce muscle soreness. For instance, the caffeine in coffee directly stimulates your muscles to help put a spring in your step.

This story was originally published September 5, 2014.


6 Anti-Aging Foods That Could Keep You Young and Beautiful

Highlights

We've all grown up listening to the following phrases almost every day of our lives - “age is just a number”, “age doesn't determine your capabilities”, etc. While it is true that age is limited to being just a number, age does not conceal its arrival when it dawns upon someone. It is easily visible unless the person might have resorted to alternatives such as plastic surgery to conceal signs of ageing of skin and hair. Growing old is often accompanied with wrinkles, dry skin, blemishes or darkened skin. However, these issues are not restricted to old age younger people are also susceptible to these problems if a proper lifestyle is not followed and the body is subjected to harsh chemical products.While aging may be inevitable, one can definitely slow down the process, especially of premature aging. Dull and lifeless looking skin can be rejuvenated by feeding your body with correct supplements and following a healthy, nutritious diet which can boost cell growth and provide you a glowing skin. While it may be difficult to turn back the clock once the damage has been done, it becomes crucial to inculcate good eating habits from a young age. Drinking efficiently large quantities of water has the potential to help you attain flawless skin, which remains a dream for most of us. Consciously making an effort to drink water irrespective of thirst is deemed to have a positive influence on the skin.

Anti-aging foods: Include spices in your diet.

3. Green TeaDrinking three cups of green tea on a daily basis has the potential to reverse cellular damage and increase longevity of cell life. The benefits that it has on the skin are phenomenal. Green tea bags can be dabbed on the skin for a refreshing look.

4. KiwiRegular consumption of Kiwi has the potential to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. According to the nutritional break-up of kiwi fruit, per 100 grams contain 154 percentage of Vitamin C, which is almost twice that of lemons and oranges. Vitamin C acts as powerful antioxidant, eliminating free radicals.

Anti-aging foods: Kiwi fruit is loaded with vitamin C and fibre.

5. Green VegetablesGreen vegetables are rich in fiber and nutrients and thus are effective in replenishing the nutrient content desired by the human body.


13 Superfoods to Keep You Young

Dried licorice root may fight tooth decay, new research has found. But if you're not a fan, these foods can also help keep teeth, gums, and breath healthy, says Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry:

Yogurt. The lactic acid may ward off periodontal disease, but skip the sugary varieties.

Sugar-free gum and hard candies. These promote saliva flow and also help fight cavities. Xylitol-sweetened ones work best.

Raw or firm vegetables. Chewing celery and other crunchy veggies helps "scrub" your teeth. Ones with vitamin C&mdashbroccoli red, green, and yellow peppers&mdashmay also protect against gum disease.

For more tips on a great smile and other anti-aging advice, try our plan, 7 Years Younger, for free!

Compounds in green tea may help guard against the sun's damaging rays, while berries provide a hit of wrinkle-reducing nutrients. To make:

1. Place 3 to 4 raspberries or blueberries in each section of an ice cube tray.

2. Fill the tray with iced tea or water and freeze.

3. Once frozen, place your cubes in a tall glass and fill with chilled green tea.

This favorite citrus fruit is already low-cal and bursting with wrinkle-fighting vitamin C. Add walnuts for healthy fats that help keep skin supple. To make:

1. Peel a grapefruit cut into 1 ½-in.-thick slices.

2. Place walnuts in small bowl and microwave for 45 seconds to one minute.

3. Place five nuts, broken into halves, in the center of each slice and sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and ground cinnamon a slice serves one.

Pomegranates are a rich source of the wrinkle-reducing plant chemical ellagic acid. Use the seeds to top a dip, sprinkle them on salad, or make this festive holiday sangria:

1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine one bottle (750 ml) semidry Riesling or other white wine, one cup pomegranate juice, and ¼ cup Cointreau. Add one orange, cut into ¼-in. slices one granny smith apple, cored and thinly sliced and ½ cup pomegranate seeds. stir well.

2. Cover and refrigerate mixture for at least three hours, or overnight.

3. Divide among glasses and top off with seltzer or club soda if desired.

For more wrinkle-reducing recipes, download our free special report: Eat to Look & Feel Younger.

To get more from your workout, hit the dairy case. Drinking milk instead of a sugary drink after strength-training exercises could help tone your body and blast fat, say researchers from McMaster University in Ontario. The sleek connection: Milk has a high proportion of certain amino acids that build muscle (and preserve it when you're dieting). Aim for four daily servings of dairy, drinking at least a cup and a half of milk (nonfat is fine) after a workout, advises lead author Andrea Josse, Ph.D. the other "doses" can be yogurt, if you prefer.

Talk about a good defense &mdash guacamole, the MVP of Super Bowl parties, also helps reduce signs of skin aging. More points: salsa delivers wrinkle-reducing antioxidants. To assemble: put guacamole in a bowl and top with tomato-based salsa. serving size: 1 Tbsp. guacamole, with 1 tsp. salsa, spread on 5 Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips (110 calories).

Give your salad a seasonal upgrade with a wrinkle-reducing combo of mango, avocado (its fat keeps skin supple), and lime. To make:

1. Place two Boston lettuce leaves on each of four plates.

2. Thinly slice one mango, one avocado, eight radishes, and ½ seedless cucumber. Divide among plates. Top each with a few mint or cilantro leaves.

3. Cut one lime in quarters serve each salad with a squeeze of lime.

Whole grains help fight skin-damaging inflammation, while apricots (in season this month) deliver antioxidants that discourage wrinkles. To make:

1. Toss three soft, ripe apricots, sliced, with 1 tsp. olive oil and ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Spread on whole wheat pita. Bake in 425°F oven 10 minutes or until pita crisps.

2. Top with ½ c. baby arugula, three thin slices prosciutto, six shavings of Parmesan cheese, and one apricot, thinly sliced.

In one study, people who ate five tablespoons of tomato paste every day enjoyed 33% more sunburn protection than volunteers who didn't eat the paste. Pizza doesn't replace sunscreen, but lycopene-rich foods, like tomatoes, may give you an anti-aging edge.

On a per-serving basis, coffee, which is loaded with antioxidants, outscores these other health and beauty boosters. One recent study found that women who drank two cups of joe a day had a 14% lower risk of stroke than those who skipped the sips.

A staple of Eastern medicine, ginger functions much like drugstore anti-inflammatories ibuprofen and naproxen. Researchers suggest about a teaspoon a day (in ground form).

The years may bring brittle nails, but studies show that a daily 2.5-mg dose of biotin, a B vitamin, may strengthen the nail plate, helping to protect against splitting and breaking.

While all these nutrients are key, experts stress the importance of getting them from food &mdash in which they're often packaged with other anti-agers &mdash not from pills. The exception: vitamin B12. Because up to 30% of adults over 50 have trouble absorbing this memory-preserving nutrient, the IOM recommends taking it as a supplement. Dose: 2.4 mcg a day.


9 Foods That Will Make You Live Forever.Almost

So, you want to live forever . almost. Can your diet help get you there? Maybe. Scientists and nutritionists claim that some foods boost immunity to infections, destroy cancer cells, improve brain function, slow down the cellular aging processes and fight the No. 1 killer of Americans, heart disease.

More specifically, these foods contain high levels of compounds that improve your health, such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and other cell-strengthening nutrients called phytochemicals.

So, what are these foods that increase longevity? Here's a hint: They aren't foods with lots of preservatives!

Delicious, versatile sweet potatoes contain loads of vitamin C and a 400 percent wallop of your daily requirement of vitamin A (or beta carotene). Beta carotene is a pigment that gives sweet potatoes their orange color, but in your body, it's an antioxidant that fights off cancer and aging at the cellular level. Darker sweet potatoes have more beta carotene than pale ones.

Sweet potatoes aren't actually potatoes or yams they're an edible root related to morning glory flowers. They're also a high-fiber, low fat food that delivers a good, natural dose of vitamin E (a cancer fighter), vitamin B6, iron and potassium in a tasty package. Eat the skin, too, to get an even bigger nutritional boost.

There are lots of different antioxidants, and you need to mix your food choices up to get the most benefit. See what else is on the menu on the next page.

Antioxidants are one category of phytochemicals, plant components that scientists are just now beginning to understand. They've identified 4,000 different phytochemicals, most of which work as antioxidants in your body.

And guess what -- sweet, fresh blueberries deliver more of these beneficial antioxidants than almost any other food. They also have a high fiber content to help keep your weight in check. But how do they keep you young?

Well, the antioxidants found in blueberries protect cells from dangerous free radicals that speed up aging, cause wrinkles and make you vulnerable to diseases. The soluble fiber lowers cholesterol levels, and that helps keep your heart ticking steady and strong.

What other foods have healthy fiber? See the next page.

Whole grains add two kinds of fiber to your diet. Soluble fiber lowers blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber keeps the food you eat -- both the healthy kind and nutritionally shady indulgences -- moving through your body at a steady clip.

Preventing digestive traffic jams reduces strain on your intestines and lowers your risk of getting diverticulitis (the formation of swollen pouches in your digestive system). Slow moving food is uncomfortable, and it gives the bad guys -- harmful bacteria and cancer cells -- way too much time to develop in your intestines.

Whole grains, along with water, make you feel full, so it's easier to avoid overeating and gaining weight. Excessive weight adds to your risk of developing diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease.

Fiber works with water to keep your intestines healthy. When you increase fiber in your diet, be sure to drink more water, too.

Fatty, cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, trout and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds are important for keeping your heart disease-free.

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the bad fat in your blood (triglycerides), lower blood pressure, help blood platelets slide past each other to keep blood clots from forming, and help you keep a steady, regular heartbeat.

But what's the point of living longer if you don't enjoy it? Fish helps there, too. It can reduce the swelling of arthritic joints, allowing you to stay active. Since omega-3 fatty acids make up about 8 percent of your brain, eating fish is smart. It fights off depression and lowers your risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Fish may even boost your immunity to prostate, breast and colon cancers.

5. Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

We usually only see pumpkins at Halloween, and most of us probably limit eating pumpkin to the special pie at Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have loads of cancer-fighting alpha and beta carotene. They're a top source for lutein, an antioxidant that helps prevent or postpone macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Plus, they're a good source of fiber, potassium, riboflavin, iron, and cell-saving and heart healthy vitamins C and E.

Pumpkin seeds deliver vitamin E, iron, calcium, the trace minerals magnesium and zinc, and some essential fatty acids. And they're a great snack that helps prevent prostate troubles in men.

4. Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed is one of only a few foods that contain the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. The "essential" means that you have to eat this particular nutrient to get it, because your body can't make it. Once it's in your digestive system, alpha-linolenic acid converts to a type of omega-3 fatty acid and works to prevent blood clot formation. Quite simply, adding ground flaxseed to your diet cuts your risk of having a fatal heart attack.

In addition to protecting your heart, flaxseed and flaxseed oil keep cell membranes healthy and act as an anti-inflammatory to ease the pain and swelling of arthritic joints. The seed is a good source of fiber, too.

Broccoli is a wonder food. High in fiber, it's also a great dietary source of two B vitamins, folate and riboflavin, as well as potassium, iron and vitamin C. Even though it's not orange, broccoli contains high amounts of anti-aging beta carotene and lutein.

All these nutrients boost your health, but some have special functions. Folate is essential for cell reproduction and formation of hemoglobin that oxygenates red blood cells. Like antioxidants, it fights cancer and heart disease. Folate also helps keep your hearing sound by slowing the age-related loss of high-frequency sounds.

Riboflavin aids metabolism, gives you energy, and is necessary to make other vitamins function in your body.

Every cell in your body contains iron. It keeps your red blood cells oxygenated for energy and proper muscle and brain function. But your body needs vitamin C to absorb iron. Broccoli has this in spades.

As far as citrus fruits go, oranges are the best. They deliver almost every vitamin and mineral out there, and they're easy to eat (or drink). Their biggest selling point is the huge amounts of vitamin C they contain. This nutrient boosts immunity and helps your body absorb iron. But it does even more: Vitamin C prevents cell damage that opens the door for cancer development.

Citrus fruits also deliver a fair amount of fiber, which helps regulate digestion. The pectin fiber in grapefruit lowers LDL (bad) blood cholesterol. When picking grapefruit, darker is better. Red grapefruits have more of the antioxidants beta carotene and lycopene than pink or white grapefruits.

Speaking of antioxidants, citrus is loaded with those and flavonoids, which are phytochemicals in the polyphenol class. Phytochemicals protect cells from the damage of free radicals, block cancer-causing substances, protect against heart disease, and promote healthy eyes and vision.

1. Pomegranate Juice and Green Tea

Nutrientwise, green tea and pomegranate juice don't have much to brag about. What's created the health buzz about these drinks is their richness in antioxidants. The Camellia sinensis leaf, which is processed in different ways to make green, black and oolong teas, has loads of polyphenols, including a potent flavonoid, epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. These polyphenols smash cell-damaging free radicals and deactivate enzymes that help tumors grow. Researchers think drinking 1 to 2 cups of green tea each day helps prevent breast, prostate, colon, stomach and skin cancers.

With up to three times the antioxidant punch of green tea, pomegranate juice may be even more potent for preserving your longevity. One study indicates pomegranate juice may improve or even prevent coronary heart disease. Other studies show drinking the juice daily slows or prevents prostate and other cancers.


You Are What You Eat

That means that the foods you may or may not be eating could be laying the foundation for your health, or lack of it, during your senior years. Of course, eating well is a difficult choice with the ever-present temptations of fast food and junk food.

But take a look at what these foods are doing to you. Sour cream-filled burritos and grease-soaked french fries provide fodder for artery-clogging plaques. A fiberless daily menu of a beef patty nestled between two slices of white bread promotes constipation, setting you up for diverticulitis, a painful condition of the colon that afflicts half of all Americans over 60. And forgoing milk and calcium-enriched juices for super-sized sugary sodas only encourages the onset of osteoporosis and tooth decay. Add decades of smoking, an inactive lifestyle, stress, and other environmental factors and you will age -- early and quickly.

The alternate scenario is much more attractive. Minerals from calcium-rich dairy foods and greens can strengthen your bones. Fiber from whole grains helps to keep bowel movements regular. And the antioxidants from fruits and vegetables help to prevent cancer from developing by fighting off free radicals, the byproducts of the body's everyday processes that damage DNA, cells, and tissues.


FOODS THAT KEEP YOU YOUNG NATURALLY

Eating meals in as near the natural condition as possible helps guarantee maximum exposure to youth-enhancing nourishment, many of which can be lost during processing, storage, and cooking. Additionally, it reduces your vulnerability to synthetic additives used to improve the taste, texture, color, and shelf-life of processed foods, by preprepared foods to diet dishes.

1. Five per day Keep feeling and looking youthful and help ward off ailments of aging, from Alzheimer’s to stroke and cardiovascular disease, by eating more vegetables and fruit. They’re full of antioxidants, and the active components of plant pigments and flavorings have antiaging properties, also. Aim to consume at least five servings of vegetables and fruit every day –as well as eight if possible.

2. Fragrant in fruit To raise the number of fruit servings you consume every day, slice fruit or spoonful soaked dried fruit on morning muesli. Follow foods using a lemon salad, baked or poached fruit, or treat yourself to bits of fruit dipped in nice dark melted chocolate.

3. Shade combos A rainbow of colors on the plate ensures you’re receiving a fantastic consumption of plant compounds. Green, yellow, and reddish foods include antioxidant carotenoids that improve immunity and give protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer, DNA damage, and age-related sight issues.

4. Brand New is the greatest Pick ripe, seasonal vegetables and fruit and grains in their entire form to guarantee maximum taste while retaining minerals and vitamins, antioxidant chemicals, along other plant nutrients which are ruined by processing.

5. Grow your personal The perfect approach to guarantee the best, most flavorful organic vegetables and fruit is to develop them yourself. A town balcony could supply a fantastic source of berries, salad leaves, herbs, and fruit.

6. Increasing number Diversity is the trick to a proper diet because no 1 food can provide all of the nutrients and antioxidants the body requires. Be adventuresome and present new foods when you’re able to. You do not need to be a vegetarian to reap the advantages. Serve meals with a couple of veggies and salads on the other side, and add extra veggies to dishes like stir-fries, casseroles, and soups.

7. Resensitize your tastebuds If your daily diet majors on shedding foods and processed foods, you may be amazed by the flavor of fresh produce. Rediscover the gap by sampling organic butter and carrots, sourcing milk out of particular breed cows, and looking for meat that’s been increased and wrapped well. Rid your kitchen of merchandise like snacks and potato chips, shop-bought cakes and pies, margarine, and low-carb meals, all of which have long lists of ingredients that are unwanted.

8. Ditch dieting Change how you think about meals and you need never worry about dieting. Rather than obsessing over the scales, then judge your weight how well your clothes match.

9. Cut down on carbs If you’re carrying extra weight and it will not budge, it might be because at this point you need fewer calories. Over the 50s who are not active desire 200 fewer calories each day compared to those who contribute an extremely physically active lifestyle. Fix your diet to adapt to your slowing metabolism, by way of instance, by reducing portion size instead of by cutting out foods.

10. Appetite adaptations As you get older, you might find you can not tolerate massive parts. Increase the amount of exercise that you have to improve your appetite: a target for half an hour per day. Be certain that what you eat contains lots of vitamins, minerals, and minerals, because these nutrient needs do not decrease over time.

11. Discover more folate Elderly people with reduced levels of folate have markedly more memory problems than those whose diet is abundant in this particular plant nutrient, Color and texture play an essential role in healthy eating.

12. Choosing great carbohydrates is unrefined, rich in fiber and nutrients, high in taste, and keeps you feeling satisfied for hours. Aim for six servings per day if you aren’t so busy up to eight if you do more exercise. A homemade cake-like lemon cake made with polenta and pistachios provides good carbohydrates. If you are utilized to refreshing home-cooked food, poor carbohydrates are obvious since they do not taste great: chewy white bread, soggy processed quiche and pizza bases, sugary breakfast cereals, a cake that never goes away. Avoid them completely. Alternately, try yummy sweet potatoes.


30 Anti-Aging Foods for Women That'll Keep You Feeling Young

It's no fountain of youth, but these bites will help you look great anyway.

If we really are what we eat, it&rsquos time to step away from the Swedish Fish and pick up something slightly less processed. While it&rsquos true that no single food will erase laugh lines or make you feel 22 again, a healthy diet full of anti-aging foods can boost skin quality, improve immunity, and more. Stock up on these expert-approved ingredients next time you're looking to fill that grocery cart.

No matter which nut you choose &mdash Brazil, cashew, macadamia &mdashthey're all anti-aging heroes thanks to their cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects, says Julieanna Hever, a plant-based dietitian. Aim for one to two ounces each day, as they're also fantastic sources of protein, fiber, and micronutrients.

If you want to feel good all the way down to your bones, then you need to take care of, well, your bones. That's where sesame seeds come in. "These are high in calcium and rich in other minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and fiber," says Annie Kay, lead nutritionist at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. "A mineral-rich diet, along with adequate and appropriate movement, are a recipe for healthy bones for life."

If you haven't tried non-dairy milk yet, Hever wants to know what you're waiting for. "Fortified plant milks are great for their optimal bone-supportive nutrients," she says. That also means they're great regardless of whether you're actually a vegetarian. "Include a serving or two of hemp, soy, almond, or rice milk &mdash fortified with calcium and vitamin D &mdash into your daily diet."

This tropical favorite can help you appear seriously dewy: "Pineapple is rich in a mineral called manganese, which is needed to activate an enzyme called prolidase," says Lisa Hayim, R.D., founder of The Well Necessities and TWN Collection. "Prolidase provides the amino acid proline for the formation of collagen in skin, which plays a role in skin strength and elasticity."

Sorry, but you're going to have to pass on the milk chocolate and pick up the dark variety if you want to lock in those anti-aging health benefits. Why? "Dark chocolate is loaded with flavanols, which are believed to benefit [your] appearance by increasing blood flow to the skin," says Mitzi Dulan, R.D., author of The Pinterest Diet. "Flavanols also absorb UV radiation, protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun."

While nearly every mammal can make vitamin C naturally, humans lost that oh-so-stellar skill millions of years ago. But that doesn't mean our bodies don't need it. "Vitamin C plays a critical role in maintaining optimal genetic health, [and] it's a crucial way to keep your skin looking brighter and younger," says Sharon Moalem, M.D., Ph.D., author of The DNA Restart. Science backs her up, as a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who consumed greater amounts of it had smoother skin and fewer wrinkles.

These tiny berries pack a mighty punch, as they contain more antioxidants than almost any other fruit, says celebrity nutritionist Lisa DeFazio. "They [also] give you protection against skin-damaging free radicals from sun exposure, stress, and pollution, and they have vitamin C, which helps prevent the wrinkles."

Treat yourself to a slice of this summer fruit to keep your skin young. "Watermelon is packed with lycopene, which [acts] as a natural sunblock, protecting it from ultraviolet rays that damage and age the skin, create sunspots, and make skin look weathered," say Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, AKA The Nutrition Twins. The water content doesn't hurt either, as its massive amounts helps keep your skin hydrated and plump, DeFazio adds.

Besides quenching your thirst, oranges help keep your body youthful. "This great source of vitamin C not only helps to boost immunity, keeping your body in better working order, but they also help build collagen," Lakatos and Lakatos Shames say. "Collagen makes the skin elastic, supple, and younger-looking."

Just like the omega-3s found in salmon, avocados are jam-packed with the inflammation-fighting fatty acids that keep the immune system functioning properly. They also help both your mind and body age gracefully, so add the green fruit into your salads, top your toast, or use it to make a healthy pudding.

Besides being wildly addictive in a froyo swirl, these tiny seeds also add a nice burst of sweetness to salads. "Pomegranate seeds contain compounds that fight damage from free radicals and increase your body's ability to preserve collagen," DeFazio says.

If you're a fan of this briny fruit (yes, fruit), there's no reason you shouldn't eat it all the time. "Olives are an incredible source of polyphenols and other phytonutrients that help protect your DNA and keep you looking and feeling younger," Moalem says. Just be sure to skip the canned kind, as the pitting process actually strips the olive of vital nutrients that you're after.

"Soy foods [like edamame] are excellent for healthy bones and your cardiovascular system," Hever says. "As women hit menopause and estrogen levels taper down, soy provides phytoestrogens, compounds [found in food that mimic estrogen], which have been shown to reduce bone loss and risk for heart disease."

"Mushrooms are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, a [nutrient that] most people don't have enough of," Lakatos and Lakatos Shames say. "Without [it], you can't properly absorb calcium, which will lead to osteoporosis, broken bones, and a hunched spine &mdash and nothing ages you more than that."

If you're tired of boring ole' white potatoes, grab the orange kind instead. Because they're full of vitamin A (that's what gives 'em the orange hue), they help fight off fine lines and wrinkles by revitalizing damaged collagen. Keep things simple by baking it in the oven, then topping with veggies or chili.

Carrots have some pretty important traits. "They're rich in vitamin A, which helps to restore and regenerate damaged collagen, an essential for the elasticity and regeneration of skin cells," Hayim says. Research also shows that carrots have impressive cancer-fighting properties, so make like Bugs Bunny and grab 'em for a healthy snack.

You may not have liked broccoli as a kid, but there&rsquos a good reason to eat it as an adult: A 2016 study found that it contains the plant pigment lutein, which is linked to &ldquocrystalized intelligence&rdquo &mdash the ability to use the skills and knowledge you have now well into your elderly years. Talk about anti-aging for your brain.

"Cooked tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage," Hayim says. "While raw tomatoes still provide the body with lycopene, the cooking process [makes it] easier to absorb." Soup, anyone?

"These superfoods are loaded with plant-based essential amino acids to meet all of your protein requirements," Hever says. "As women age, protein needs increase slightly, and beans and lentils are superior sources because they're also loaded with disease-fighting fiber and phytochemicals."

"Yogurt is great for keeping your cells young," Lakatos and Lakatos Shames say. But to really the most bang for your buck, make sure you get a good night's sleep. "Skin cells turn over rapidly, and by [allotting yourself a healthy night's] sleep, you give them time to replenish and rebuild." Opt for unsweetened versions and add fresh fruits and a touch of honey to temper tartness.

Hearty and soothing, oatmeal is delicious without being too rich. "[It's also] a comfort food that's rich in carbohydrates that boost your body's feel-good hormone serotonin," Lakatos and Lakatos Shames say. "There's no better way to look and feel young than to feel happy."

This is one potent spice that should be stocked your pantry. "Turmeric helps fight cell damage, chronic disease, and aging, keeping skin and all organs vibrant and in good condition," Lakatos and Lakatos Shames say. "Its powerful pigment, curcumin, seems to help prevent telomere (the end caps of our DNA) from shortening, which is believed to be a lead cause in aging and degenerative diseases."

Another potent spice for your pantry, saffron is a bold flavor that delivers even stronger nutrients. "[It] contains the carotenoid phytonutrients crocin and crocetin, which have been shown to have anti-tumor and antioxidant effects, Moalem says. These compounds can also improve the symptoms associated with depression and PMS, and can even curb excessive snacking behaviors &mdash all factors that prematurely age your DNA, she adds.

"Green herbs are nutrient dense, and cilantro is particularly supportive for detoxifying your body," Kay says. "Cilantro may also have heavy-metal chelation action, meaning it fights to remove metal accumulation from your body, like from mercury found in tuna." If the herb tastes soapy when you eat it, you're not weird: research shows that it's built into your genes. If you like using it anyway, try it in soups and salads to help boost other ingredients' flavor.

This specific type of honey has been used for years in natural medicine as a remedy for rejuvenating skin and boosting immunity, Hayim says. Why? It stimulates cytokine production, which fight off pathogens and protect us from infections. Add some to your next cup of tea and bask in the benefits.

Green tea is great for keeping your body young because it helps maintain healthy cells, protects them against damage, and decreases stress. "It's [also] packed with powerful antioxidants called flavonoids that protect against disease and block DNA damage associated with toxic chemicals that cause destruction in the body, [in turn] aging it," Latakos and Latakos Shames say.

There's a reason this leafy green is a staple in salads: Not only does it taste great, but spinach also has loads of phytonutrients that help protect your skin from sun damage. It also has beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that research has found to improve skin elasticity. If you missed the stuff at lunch, supersize your salad and dig in at dinner.

A form of clarified butter, this exotic-sounding food is actually a staple in Indian kitchens. Here's reason to add it yours: "Ghee, [made from high quality, organic butter], provides healthful fats to keep your skin soft," Kay says. "[It also] has a high smoke point, meaning it tolerates cooking without creating toxins." Look for it at your local grocery store or order it online.

You know that hydration is critical when you want to look and feel your best, but if you're already dehydrated, fluids that have a little salt and sugar in them can actually hydrate you better than water alone, Kay says. "Try diluting fruit juice (half water, half unsweetened juice), and add a pinch of salt," she suggests. It'll give your skin cells the hydration it needs to get that glowing, dewy look.

It's true: Red wine should never be left off of an anti-aging list. Researchers have known for years that it's heart-healthy, as the flavanoids it contains helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and your risk of coronary heart disease. (Not to mention it simultaneously boosts your HDL, or good, cholesterol.) Having a glass also means you'll get a big dose of resveratrol, an antioxidant that scientists believe can help you maintain muscle, which is important as you age. Research has also shown resveratrol can influence the biological mechanisms behind aging, so really, it's time to start pouring. Cheers!


The Best Foods To Keep You Young

There&rsquos no magic pill to stop your body from aging. But a balanced diet may go a long way toward helping you feel younger. These foods will help keep your body healthier&mdashno matter what birthday you&rsquore celebrating.

Energy levels naturally start to slide as you get older. One nutritional area that many physicians and nutritionists are on the lookout for as their patients enter their 50s and 60s is a low vitamin B12 level. This nutrient (found only in animal foods) helps regulate metabolism and is key to supporting healthy brain and nervous system. However, many people&rsquos ability to absorb B12 from foods decreases after 50.

To make sure you&rsquore getting enough B12, have 2 servings of fat-free dairy foods and 3 to 4 ounces of lean protein daily. Foods full of B12 include seafood, lean meats, and fortified cereal. Vegetarians can either eat fortified breakfast cereals or ask their physician about taking a daily vitamin B12 supplement.

The aging process isn&rsquot always kind to your digestive system. High-fiber diets can help keep things moving properly. Women over the age of 50 should aim for a daily total of 21 g of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and men need 30 g. Stock your kitchen with whole grain breads and cereals with at least 3 g of fiber per serving, as well as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. (Try these tricks for sneaking more fiber into your diet.)

Having a higher intake of potassium is associated with lower blood pressure. That&rsquos because too little potassium in your diet can amplify the harmful effects of consuming too much sodium. Aim to eat 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Bananas aren&rsquot the only go-to potassium source leafy greens, potatoes (skin on), sweet potatoes, dates, (other dried fruits such as raisins) cantaloupe, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and beans also contain high levels of the nutrient.

It&rsquos no joke&mdashadults really do forget where they placed their keys more often as they age. Making sure your diet includes foods with omega-3 fatty acids may be one way to help keep your memory sharp studies have shown that a reduced intake of omega-3s may be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline. Cooking with olive or canola oils, snacking on walnuts or almonds, garnishing salads or yogurt with ground flaxseed, and eating 2 fish meals each week (wild salmon, sardines, and halibut are good choices) are the best ways to make sure you&rsquore getting enough omega-3s.


Yogurt is rich in good bacteria that help regulate your immune system. Also, it keeps you safe from escherichia coli and salmonella. Yogurt is full of calcium, which helps prevent from osteoporosis – another reason to drink it regularly!

The list of green tea benefits is endless! It can help you speed up your metabolism and burn fat, regulate blood pressure, boost your immune system, and even reduce the risk of cancer! In addition to all this, it can help with wrinkled skin and sun damage. Amazing!


CUCUMBER

Cucumber has a very high water content, making it extremely hydrating and nourishing to our skin, hair and nails. Keeping hydrated every day will stop your skin from drying out, cracking and causing wrinkles later in life.

SALMON

Salmon is a brilliant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is why it’s such an oily food. All that oil and goodness is absorbed by your skin when you eat salmon, giving your skin a real boost of health, and also producing a natural barrier against outside elements which can cause damage to your skin such as pollution and sunlight. Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey are rumoured to eat a very high salmon content diet, and you don’t need me to remind me how beautiful these women look at their age.

Did you know that kiwi fruits actually contain more Vitamin C than oranges? The citrus and high Vitamin C content acts as a natural detox and cleanser, keeping your skin free from impurities. High Vitamin C consumption is also directly linked to a reduction in wrinkles later in life.

ALMONDS

Almonds are a wonderful source of vitamin E which is one of the harder to find vitamins in our daily diet. A small handful of almonds daily will provide you with half your RDA and the health benefits are not to be ignored! Vitamin E helps the body to repair damaged tissues, making it essential for repairing scarring and sun damage to our skin.

BERRIES

Berries are widely known as the earth’s superfood. They are one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known to man and will protect skin from damage from pollution, sun and stress. Vitamins found naturally in berries will help your body to repair damaged cells, and increase collagen production.

AVOCADO

Avocados are an excellent source of vitamins K, C, E, B and A, plus potassium and other essential fatty acids. These important nutrients work to keep your skin soft, smooth and wrinkle-free. Avocados assist your body in shedding dead cells, to keep your skin looking clear and bright.

OYSTERS

While Oysters may be an acquired taste, there is zero debate to be had regarding their nutritional value. Oysters and a rich source of selenium, which is responsible for promoting elasticity and tightening your skin. Oysters also offer a powerful source of zinc to our body which is important for its antioxidant purposes, as well as aiding the body in collagen production which is important for repairing and creating new, healthy skin cells.

Related Posts:

LEAFY GREENS

Leafy greens such as spinach, green chard and kale are super nutrient-dense foods, offering more iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid per cupful than meat and dairy products. Eating lots of greens helps your body to protect against sun damage, wrinkles, dryness, sagging and promotes new cell production.

WATERCRESS

Another food known for its super high water content, watercress will keep your body hydrated and your skin looking clear and bright. The fibre of watercress also contains a lot of really important minerals including calcium, vitamins A, C, K, B-1, and B-2, potassium and phosphorus, all responsible for protecting your skin against damage from sunlight, pollution and exposure to harmful chemicals, subsequently reducing the appearance of fine lines.

RED PEPPERS

Red peppers are a great source of vitamin C and naturally occurring pigments known as carotenoids, which are responsible for giving certain fruits and vegetables their red, orange or yellow colouring. Both Vitamin C and carotenoids are powerful antioxidants, and help your body to clear impurities, and produce new cells to keep you looking younger.

WATERMELON

Another delicious food that contains super high water content. Keeping hydrated is one of the key elements to maintaining a youthful appearance, so loading your diet with hydrating foods is one of the easiest ways to maintain this. In addition, watermelon is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which cleanse and shrink your pores and improve elasticity and firmness in the skin.