Can the so called “fountain of youth” be found in your supermarket?
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 daily basis. So the question that just about everyone wants the answer to is, where is the fountain of youth? This 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. Here are four of SupermarketGuru’s anti-aging favorites.
Garlic, famous for its strong smell and flavor produced by the presence of allicin, a sulfur-containing compound that promotes antioxidant activity, also possesses antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal activity. 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.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that may help to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects skin from ultraviolet light, prevents damage from free radicals and oxidation, 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 control 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.
Herbs and spices not only pack a flavorful punch but are also rich in anti-aging compounds and are antioxidant powerhouses. 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!
As always please consult your health care practitioner before making any dietary changes as not all foods are right for all diets.