Top 20 foods to fight aging naturally

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Blueberries       

These blue-purple berries have the highest content of antioxidants. They mainly contain fibre, vitamin C, K and manganese. Lowers LDL, blood sugar and blood pressure. Its action includes improving brain function, enhancing insulin sensitivity, prevents UTI, maintains bone strength and fights cancer.

Lemon

citrus fruit which is abundant in vitamin C that promotes collagen and elastin synthesis. They are packed with antioxidants and potassium. It acts as a natural detoxifying agent, protects the heart, balances pH and induces weight loss.

Spinach

This green leafy vegetable is loaded with beta carotene, vitamin A, C, E, K, lutein, iron and magnesium. Enhances collagen synthesis for youthful skin.

Mushroom

A fungus with nutritional benefits. It contains 2 powerful antioxidants- ergothioneine and glutathione. Protects from neurodegenerative disorders such as Alziemers and Parkinson’s.

Red wine

1-2 drinks of grape wine a day can enhance longevity. Enriched with antioxidants, polyphenols such as resveratrol. Added benefits include protection against cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders.

Green tea

Rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins, polyphenols, manganese, chromium, zinc and selenium. Reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  Functions as a natural detoxifying agent and aids in weight loss.

Broccoli

This green nutrient-rich plant in the cabbage family contains high fibre, folate, nicotinamide mononucleotide, lutein, calcium, vitamin C and K. A powerful anti-inflammatory agent that improves brain function, bone strength and retards the ageing process.

Avocado

A great storehouse of vitamin A, B, C, E, K and potassium with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), soluble fibres and oils such as oleic acid and linoleic acid. Protects heart health and lowers blood pressure.

Honey

Honey has an immense amount of sugar, polysaccharides, fructose and glucose. Shows antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Natural cleanser and moisturiser. Its medicinal properties are used in cases of diarrhoea, wound healing, acid reflux etc.

Nuts

Rich in phytochemicals- polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids that protect your body from heart diseases and cancer. It has anti-inflammatory action, lowers bad cholesterol and helps in weight loss.

Turmeric

The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin– an antioxidant with anti-ageing, antiseptic and antibacterial effects. Destructs free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and inhibit lipid peroxidation. Prevents pimples and acne.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which gets converted to vitamin A once digested. Anthocyanins have great anti ageing properties. Other constituents include folate, zinc, potassium, vitamin B and C. In addition, pantothenic acid act as a moisturiser and promote skin rejuvenation.

Olive oil

An inevitable component of the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil has a generous amount of omega 3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids(MUFA), lipids, antioxidants, vitamin A, E and polyphenols. Major roles include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, moisturizing agent and blocks cardiovascular disorders. 

Oily fish

Eating fishes such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna can protect your heart, lowers triglycerides and blood pressure.  Main constituents include vitamin B, D, selenium, proteins, omega 3 fatty acids- eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. In addition, arachidonic acid reduces inflammation and keeps skin moisturised and wrinkle-free.

Red bell pepper

Enriched with phytonutrients such as antioxidant called carotenoids that give them a bright red-ish, orange colour and contains vitamin A, B6 and C. Offer anti-inflammatory action, sun protection,  natural diuresis and prevention of hypertension, cancers of the colon, lungs, breasts etc. Magnesium content reduces anxiety.

Papaya

Papaya contains carotenoids that provide protection against the sun’s UV rays. Rich in vitamin A, C, E, antioxidants, natural alpha hydroxy acids. Produces exfoliating, brightening and anti-inflammatory effects. Take papaya regularly to get a youthful clear skin.

Watermelon

Watermelons are packed with citrulline, a compound which can act as both anti-inflammatory agent and accelerate the synthesis of amino acid- arginine that promotes hair growth. Besides vitamin and C, antioxidant lycopene eliminates free radicals produced from oxidative stress in the body. Since around 90% of watermelon is water, it aids in flushing out toxins and keeps our body hydrated.

Garlic

Allicin, a compound found in garlic helps to achieve a wrinkle-free skin. It is best when eaten raw as it prevents thickening of the arterial wall thus protects you from cardiovascular diseases.

Dates

A powerhouse of iron, vitamin A, B6 and K which has the capacity to improve blood count. Keeps a check on cholesterol level and blood pressure treats constipation and anaemia, accelerates metabolism and maintains a healthy heart. Improves cognitive functions in the elderly and prevents neuronal damage.

Tomato

An inevitable fruit for healthy, glowing skin. Contains lycopene, a potent antioxidant that protects your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s  UV rays. It also inhibits collagenases, an enzyme which is involved in the breakdown of collagen


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