Age comes to us all and unfortunately there is not a lot we can do about it. Yes, you could spend a fortune on cosmetic surgery or the myriad pills and potions that promise eternal youth but really, the best way to treat your body is from the inside out and that involves plenty of healthy eating. We advocate healthy eating for weight loss, better health and longer life but the good news is, there are some foods that really do help to fight the ageing process. Want to know what these top ten anti-ageing foods are and why? Then read on.
We have all heard the term “Superfoods” being bandied about but what does it really mean? According to Wikipedia, it means: “A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” Under this definition, most unprocessed foods could be deemed Superfoods but let’s look at some that really stand out as having anti-ageing benefits.
Look 10 years younger with anti-ageing foods
While Blueberries are touted as being the berry with the most ‘Superfood’ bang for your buck, the likes of strawberries, raspberries, grapes, blackberries and the like are all rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E. These fight the production of free radicals which cause ageing.
Serving suggestion: Berries with low-fat Greek yoghurt.
Fish is extremely nutritious and many of us don’t eat enough of it. Oily fish in particular can be singled out because it is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which inhibit the effect of free radicals on the body.
Serving suggestion: Grilled salmon steak with mixed salad.
Butternut squash/sweet potatoes/carrots
These foods are high in beta-carotene which is vital for healthy hair and skin. Beta-carotene can boost the production of melanin which is the body’s natural defence against the UV rays. Eat this food regularly for a healthy glow and to prevent dry, lifeless hair.
Serving Suggestion: Roasted vegetable wedges.
Varieties of nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts contain high levels of Selenium which is an antioxidant. Selenium inhibits skin ageing and helps keep its elasticity. While Brazil nuts contain the highest selenium levels, Almonds can also be singled out because they are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids and can lower LDL cholesterol levels while improving the appearance of skin and hair.
Serving suggestion: Sprinkle them on salad, add to cereal or serve with yoghurt and berries.
These may not be everyone’s cup of tea but these slippery little molluscs are rich in zinc which is vital for the production of collagen, the ingredient that keeps your skin looking healthy and young. These can be eaten ‘au-naturel’ or can be cooked. Oysters are also a natural aphrodisiac which can help you keep the fizz in your physical relationship which can also help to keep you looking and feeling young.
Serving suggestion: On a bed of ice with a squeeze of lemon and some brown bread on the side.
Lemons and limes
These citrus fruits may be considered acidic but they are actually high in alkaline and this means they are anti-bacterial which helps to maintain a healthy gut. Lemon and lime juice also help to neutralize the acidity in your skin which will help with collagen production.
Serving suggestion: Squeeze a wedge into your morning glass of water for an extra ‘zing’.
Most teas are high in antioxidants which help to combat ageing but green tea is the one that tips the scale with its many health-giving properties. Green tea is well-known for inhibiting the actions of enzymes which help turn food into fat so if you are on a weight-loss regime, drinking green tea on a regular basis may help. It also helps to regulate a protein in the body which is responsible for the life cycle of skin cells meaning green tea may even help to prevent dandruff.
Serving suggestion: As a hot or cold drink. Add sweetener if desired.
Red and yellow bell peppers are high in vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system and protect from those cell-damaging free-radicals. They help with strengthening the connective tissue in your gums meaning you will keep your teeth for longer if you eat these regularly and will be less likely to suffer from periodontal disease and gingivitis. Remember, a healthy smile will always take years off you.
Serving suggestion: Roasted peppers with feta cheese.
These may be high in calories but they are wonderful for your skin. Ever seen how many skin treatments contain avocado? You could avoid the calories by mashing it and spreading it on your face but if you did that, you would miss out on its cholesterol-reducing properties so don’t be afraid to include it in your diet.
Serving suggestion: Guacamole.
Not a food as such but it certainly qualifies because it does nothing but good things for the body. I cannot stress drinking enough water enough and a fully hydrated body will always look younger and healthier than a dehydrated one. Ever see a raisin? I rest my case! Water will help you to feel healthy inside and look younger on the outside so drink, drink, drink.
Serving suggestion: A glass with a slice of lemon.
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