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The food we eat impacts our body profoundly. By making food choices based upon their nutritional content, we can combat many of the most common causes of aging. These anti-aging foods can help keep you healthier and younger for longer!
Foods to avoid
It's hard to imagine that there was a time in the not so distant past when pre-packaged food was not a common source of nutrition. I'm not talking about the hunter-gatherers of prehistory, our grandparents remember the time before
M&M’s and Triscuits.
Processed food didn't get its start until the early 1940s. In the beginning, added chemicals were minimal, then as the popularity of “fast food” began to grow, so did the amount additives.
This is a polyphenol compound found in certain plants and was originally popularized because of its high concentration found in red wine. Resveratrol may provide many health-promoting and anti-aging effects. The “French paradox” is responsible for our understanding of this nutrient.
In 1981 epidemiologists observed far fewer sufferers of coronary heart disease in France than in other areas of the developed world. They attributed this anomaly to the French people’s long term, moderate consumption of red wine. This hypothesis led to studies that showed improvement in diabetes, a decrease in elevated blood pressure, and an anti-inflammatory effect with increased consumption of resveratrol. More recent studies have found inconclusive evidence of resveratrol’s effect on human body systems. However pre-clinical human trials show significant increases in the numbers of circulating T cells.
This nutrients main benefit to the body is to maintain healthy nerve cells, assist in the production of DNA and RNA and support proper brain function. Many people associate B vitamins with an energy boost, but that’s not the only thing B12 is responsible for. This vitamin plays a large roll in healthy brain activity as well.
These are so important because of their effect on free radicals within the body. Surprisingly the foods that rank highest in the concentration of antioxidants are beans. We have all heard about the free radical busting powers of berries, but some beans rank up to 4000 times higher in antioxidant capacity per serving.
Free radicals essentially damage our cells by stealing their electrons and can cause significant damage to living cells. Antioxidants combat the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Some over the counter vitamins can have a small impact on curbing oxidative stress, however, the phytochemicals in plants provide far greater benefits to the cells we aim to preserve.