Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Top 10 anti-aging food

What are anti-aging food?
These are food containing antioxidant properties that will help your body fight off the damage caused by aging and environmental toxins.

What are anti-oxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Antioxidant substances include beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, C & E.

1. Tomato
    Tomato is major source of lycopene, an antioxidant compound that gives its color. The bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment may lower the risk of heart disease, macular degenerative disease, and lipid oxidation, the damage to normal fat molecules that can cause inflammation and disease. It is also said to lower LDL (the bad cholesterols), enhance the body's immunity, and protect enzymes, DNA, and cellular fats. Because preliminary research has shown an inverse correlation between consumption of tomatoes and cancer risk, lycopene has been considered a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, such as cancers of the prostate, lungs, stomach, bladder, cervix, and skin. Tomato also contains vitamin C, and other anti-oxidants.

2. Walnuts & Almonds
Walnuts and almonds contain fibres, magnesium, vitamin E, selenium and omega 3. A typical serving size of 1 oz of these nuts will provide you with around 160-180 high-quality calories with between 4 and 6 g of protein and a sizable amount of good-fats (mostly mono-unsaturated fats). In addition almonds are a superb source of the anti-oxidant Vitamin E, while walnuts pack on heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants like melatonin and ellagic acid.

3. Fish
Fish is a great source for omega3 and good quality proteins. Omega 3 fatty acids that are abundant in fish oils are extremely powerful anti-oxidants that can stop the decay of cells and retard the process of aging at the cellular level. Fish oils have the remarkable property of slowing down inflammation, and it is also extremely good for skin. It prevents wrinkles, dark spots, dryness, acne, psoriasis and eczema. It restores the firmness and elasticity of skin, a property that makes fish oil very adorable among anti-aging proponents.

4. Brocolli, Cauliflower or Cabbage

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer, showed that compound called indole-3-carinol (I3C), found in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, can increase the levels of BRCA1 and BRCA2 proteins that repair damaged DNA. These anti-cancer nutrients should not be missed in a healthy anti-aging diet.

5. High-fiber, all-bran, or oatmeal cereals
Fiber is a calorie-free nutrient that is necessary for maintaining regular bowel movements, controlling cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and helping with weight loss or maintenance. It has been shown to help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Most adults consume about half of the recommended amount of fiber, which is 38 grams for males 19 to 50 years of age and 25 grams for women of the same age. It is important to get the recommended amount of fiber daily to help prevent age-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis, and to help maintain skin health. Include one serving of oatmeal, all-bran, or another high-fiber cereal per day is also vital in your anti-aging diet.

6. Blueberries, blackberries & cherries
Blueberries, blackberries & cherries contain proanthocyanidins, which has strong anti-oxidant properties. They have high oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which has been linked to numerous health benefits such as weight management, cell health, and cardiovascular health. These free radical scavengers may help protect against the effects of internal and environmental stresses such as cigarette smoking and pollution, as well as supporting normal body metabolic processes. The effects may include depressing blood fat, emolliating blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, preventing blood vessel scleroses, dropping blood viscidity and preventing thrombus formation. Additionally, studies have shown that they may prevent cardiovascular diseases by counteracting the negative effects of high cholesterol on the heart and blood vessels.

7. Turmeric/Curcumin
Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family. Curcumin has antitumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, antiamyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties may be due to inhibition of eicosanoid biosynthesis. In addition it may be effective in treating malaria, prevention of cervical cancer, and may interfere with the replication of the HIV. Curcumin acts as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant, inhibiting lipid peroxidation and oxidative DNA damage. Curcuminoids induce glutathione S-transferase and are potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450.

8. Lecithin
Lecithin is naturally found in the foods that we eat, especially rich foods, such as egg yolk, soybeans, grains, wheat germ, fish, legumes, yeast, peanuts, etc. The compound can also be found as supplement sold to the public. Lecithin capsules, powder, or granules are sold in many food and drug stores, often marketed as weight loss promoting supplements for dieters and weight loss enthusiasts. It promotes cardiovascular health, improve liver and cell function, facilitate fat transport and fat metabolism, good for reproduction and child development, treatment for gallstones, improvement in memory, learning and reaction time, promote healthy hair and skin etc.

9. Artichoke hearts
Artichoke hearts detoxes the liver and kidneys, and it contain high fibers. Cynarin, found in the pulp of the leaves, causes an increased bile flow. This diuretic vegetable is of nutritional value because of its exhibiting an aid to digestion, strengthening of the liver function and gall bladder function, and raising of the HDL/LDLHMG-CoA reductase and having a hypolipidemic influence, lowering blood cholesterol. Artichoke contains the bioactive agents apigenin and luteolin. Artichoke leaf extract has proved helpful for patients with functional dyspepsia and may ameliorate symptoms of IBS.

10. Wine
The red wine antiaging benefits have been recognized for quite some time. When consumed in moderation, 1 glass of wine per day, the antioxidants and flavonoids present in the wine provide antiaging benefits to the body. Red wine containes Resveratrol, not only protects the heart, but also makes one's skin glow. There are also good studies that show people who drink red wine on a regular basis have fewer actinic keratoses, significantly lower risk of Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, and all of the things that go along with aging. People assume that drinking would decrease brainpower as you get old, but the most amazing thing is that regular wine drinkers have an 80% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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