Everyday Anti-Aging Foods

April 25, 2011

Foods that we eat today will have both an immediate and long term effect; find out the best supermarket picks to keep you feeling and looking youthful

It is becoming more and more obvious, and undeniable that you are what you eat- study after study demonstrating the link between a certain overall lifestyle or particular food and improved health are making headlines on a weekly basis. Foods that we eat today will have both an immediate and long term effect on our bodies and fortunately (although many might argue that it is easier to be told) decisions regarding what we eat are individual. So the question that just about everyone wants the answer to, where is the fountain of youth can actually be answered quite simply- in your local supermarket or farmers market.

Taking care of what you eat and including foods rich in certain nutrients can help you look and feel your best. Supermarket Guru has compiled a list of favorites that can be found in your local market.

Avocados, usually thought of as a vegetable are a fruit rich in monounsaturated fats that may help to reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood. Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects skin from ultraviolet light, prevents damage from free radicals and allows for efficient cell communication. Avocados are also rich in potassium which is necessary for proper nerve and muscle function as well as maintaining calcium levels and helping to lower blood pressure.

Dark leafy greens, such as collard greens, kale and spinach are all full of antioxidants. The antioxidants found in leafy greens, lutein and zeaxanthin are vital in maintaining eye health and preventing macular degeneration. Leafy greens are also rich in vitamin K which allows for normal blood clotting (keeps bruising at bay), protects against osteoporosis and prevents oxidative cell damage.

Garlic, famous for its strong smell and flavor produced by the presence of allicin, a sulfur containing compound that promotes antioxidant activity as well as acting as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Scientific studies have demonstrated garlic’s blood pressure lowering capabilities and its positive effects on cholesterol levels. Garlic also contains compounds known to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.

Herbs and Spices not only pack a flavorful punch, but are also rich in ‘anti-aging’ compounds. Parsley, oregano, basil, turmeric and cinnamon are only a few of the many herbs and spices that are great sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other bioactive compounds that keep our bodies functioning in tip top shape. The deeper the color and fresher the herbs and spices, the better. Studies have shown that on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables.

Supermarket Guru encourages you to head to your supermarket or local farmers market for healthful, colorful and tasty fruits, vegetables, and spices- and to rid yourself of the notion that there is a fountain of youth or a one stop potion or lotion – because it all boils down to the variety of foods you eat!

As always please consult your physician before making any dietary changes, as not all foods are right for all diets.