What does youth mean to you? Smooth, supple skin that makes you the envy of your friends? Bright, clear eyes that can still read the fine print?
Or maybe in your book fighting aging is more about staying sharp as a tack mentally? Or feeling as strong as an ox?
Well no matter what your anti-aging goals are, superfoods can help you meet them. Superfoods deliver an extra punch of nutritional power to douse the inflammation that’s making you old before your time.
Cool down inflammation with these five foods
Following are five inflammation-fighting superfoods that can help you slow aging down to a crawl.
Brimming with antioxidants, blueberries have earned their well-deserved reputation as a superfood. Considered a free radical scavenging superstar, numerous studies have found that blueberries help prevent inflammation and reverse oxidative damage.
Choose blueberries to…
- fight free radical damage to slow aging
- promote brain health and improve memory
While all the cruciferous veggies fall safely into the superfood category broccoli is arguably at the top of the list. Broccoli is incredibly nutrient-dense, with a single serving delivering a boatload of vital vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Broccoli is particularly powerful when it comes to fighting the wear and tear of everyday aging. The veggie provides nutrients that help protect your muscles, bones, and brain. And diets high in cruciferous veggies such as broccoli are linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
Rich in the antioxidant sulforaphane broccoli inhibits inflammation and could help block enzymes that are linked to joint damage. And although the research is still emerging, animal studies have revealed broccoli extracts may even help reverse organ damage caused by old age.
Choose broccoli to…
- fight aging from head to toe
Eggs sometimes get a bad rap. Your own doc may have mistakenly steered you away from them. But the truth is eggs are a nearly perfect food. The protein-packed powerhouses are overflowing with vitamins, minerals, good fats, and a number of hard-to-find trace nutrients.
Providing everything from free-radical fighting antioxidants to essential amino acids, the humble egg deserves its spot on the superfood list. But one nutrient, in particular, vitamin D, makes eggs a powerful tool for fighting inflammation and premature aging.
A vitamin D deficiency can hit the fast forward button on aging, making you old long before your time. But experts say maintaining healthy D levels can help slow that aging to a crawl and help suppress inflammation at the cellular level. And a study out of Britain has revealed how. Researchers found a link between longer, healthier caps on our chromosomes—called telomeres—and vitamin D.
And in another study folks with higher levels of vitamin D were found to be more physically capable, able to easily perform basic tasks, such as climbing stairs, carrying groceries, and tying shoes well into their golden years. The seniors with lower levels of the sunshine vitamin, on the other hand, were far less independent.
Choose eggs to maintain…
- overall vitality and to fight aging
- physical independence as you age
The typical Western diet is high in inflammation-linked omega-6 fatty acids but falls far short of the omega-3s needed to balance them out. But including plenty of organic wild-caught salmon in your diet, a terrific source of healthy omega-3s, can fix that.
Omega-3s are good for your skin and even better for your heart, reducing cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk of heart attack,d minimizing your chance of stroke, and suppressing aging inflammation.
Choose salmon for…
- better heart health
- soft, supple skin
5. Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are brimming with beta carotene. This nutrient, which gives them (and carrots!) their bright orange color, will help keep your hair thick and luxurious, and your eyes clear and focused.
Plus researchers say the powerful anti-inflammatory carotenoid can also help prevent the damage that’s linked to cancer and heart disease, and may even lower your risk of heart attacks. Just be sure to skip the sticky marshmallow topping or brown sugar.
Choose sweet potatoes for…
- silky hair and eagle-eyed eyesight
- a healthy heart and to build a barrier against cancer
If you’re on a ketogenic diet you can substitute a small serving of tomatoes which are relatively low in carbs and a good source of inflammation busting beta carotene.
Even low levels of chronic inflammation cause wear and tear on your body leading to disease, and making you old before your time. Make sure you’re getting plenty of these inflammation-fighting superfoods to fight back and age gracefully from head to toe.