Including anti aging superfoods in your daily diet makes sense. Instead of eating food which contributes to your problems, you can select a variety of foods which can actually help delay aging. Research is currently so advanced that a pill to reverse aging may be on the horizon. Take a look at the video below which explains that our ‘biological clock ticking’ is measured by the shortening of our Telomeres every time our cells divide. Theoretically, at the moment, our maximum lifespan could be 125 years – this ten minute video is fascinating!
First – Do No Harm.
This age-old start to the Hippocratic oath is good advice. Why spend good money on foods which are harmful to you?.
Here is a list of the most harmful common foods:
- Probably the worst food in terms of aging is sugar, particularly fructose, the biggest single food cause of aging. Because many fruits are high in fructose, you need to limit their consumption. Berries and plums are low in fructose – they owe their sweetness to xylitol. Take a look at this video:-
- Another major problem is trans-fatty acids such as found in margarine and salad oils such as sunflower or canola. Saturated fats such as palm oil or coconut oil (or butter) are better for cooking, as they are much more stable when heated.
- A third food which is very common and is a problem for most of us is wheat gluten, which is particularly high in brown or whole-wheat breads as the gluten is found in the seed coat of the wheat. The type of gluten in alternative forms of wheat such as spelt or kamut may be better tolerated.
- Beware of members of the deadly nightshade family such as bell peppers, aubergines, tomatoes and potatoes which may be problematic for many people, particularly arthritis.
- Dairy products are generally pro-inflammatory and should be avoided if you have an inflammatory condition like gout, arthritis, heart disease as well as many others.
Anti-aging superfoods which are commonly available are, amongst others:
- Cocoa is high in resveratrol which has confirmed anti-aging properties.
- Broccoli has strong cancer-fighting phytochemicals and is also a source of folic acid, iron and calcium
- Apples are rich in pectin which assists gut health and hence longevity. Unfortunately they are also high in fructose, so limit the quantity consumed per day.
- Extra-virgin olive oil is excellent and high in mono-unsaturated fats, but should preferably not be used for cooking as high cooking can convert it into trans-fatty acid (“extra virgin” means the percentage of fatty acids is low, usually under 1%.
- Sardines and other oily fish such as herrings and mackerel are high in omega-3 fats which help prevent cardiovascular disease and arthritis as well as being a good source of protein and many other nutrients. Unfortunately we need to beware of mercury when choosing fish.
- Chinese green tea is high in anti-oxidants without the problems that some people might experience with Indian tea.
- Carrots – high in beta carotene.
- Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries which are also low in fructose but have a good proportion of antioxidants.
There are many other reasonably priced foods such as peas, green string beans, brown rice, Swiss chard, onions and garlic as well as most other salad vegetables which are very beneficial and commonly available fresh.
Fortunately we have evolved to benefit from most of the commonly available vegetables, meats and fish. We do not have to purchase acai or cupuacu or the many other expensive exotics as we do perfectly well on ordinary foods which were available to our ancestors. But GM foods are outside the box for our bodies and negative effects may take a while to manifest. Pesticides and hormones are also outside our experience and our best choice is organic or pesticide-free foods where available.
A more specialized protein which is known to slow down aging is whey protein. Visit Amazon for a good selection of suitable whey protein. As you can see, there are many anti-aging superfoods commonly available – we just need to be more careful with our daily diets.