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7 Foods that Make You Look Younger & Fight Aging

Everyone already knows that smoking will age you and make you look grey and gloomy.

But what about the foods you eat?

Research is now moving toward the a conclusion that yes, you can in fact eat to maintain your youth.

Adding these seven foods to your diet will not only help you feel healthier.

They will make you more energetic, and each food will also help slow the aging process each, in its own unique way.

How to look younger by eating better:

1. Pomegranate Berry or Juice

pomegranade fruit and juice

In Greek mythology the pomegranate symbolized the dark underworld and death.

So, it's ironic that adding pomegranate juice to your diet can actually help to make you youthful. Pomegranate juice contains antioxidants.

This help to slow down the natural breakdown of DNA in your cellular structure.

In practical terms this means:

  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Lower risk of heart disease

Try sipping a glass per day for all the great benefits
(Avoid the sugary or chemical mixed juices).

2. Berries

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Many dietists recommend adding berries to your diet. This helps you ward off aging. And to give your skin a youthful glow.

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries

All contain the powerful antioxidants anthocyanins.

Adding berries to your breakfast, salads or smoothies each day will improve brain function. And keep a youthful muscle tone. It has also been shown, in some cases, to slow down the growth of certain cancers.

If you choose to eat strawberries, you'll also get an added boost of vitamin C. Which helps to boost collagen ā€¯hello wrinkle free skin".

Add a cup a day to your meals or have them alone as a great fiber-filled snack.

See also Immune system boosting foods.

3. Avocado

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Avocados consists of monounsaturated fat and lutein.

Monunsaturated fats help to protect your cells from damage. While lutein works to protect your eyesight from degenerating.

Protecting against conditions like macular degeneration, (which can lead to blindness).

Avocados also contain a mineral that helps to protect your bone density. Suggestion is to get a daily dose of 1/2 an avocado per day to help you stay young looking.

4. Turmeric

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You may not have heard of this anti-aging food before, but this little root from the ginger family is a powerhouse.

  • Turmeric an improve brain health
  • Decrease cancer risk
  • Boost immune system

Keep your youth intact by protecting against free radicals that cause wrinkles, dark under eye circles and saggy skin.

The anti-aging ingredient curcumin found in turmeric achieves all of this by working to turn off inflammation in your body.

While enhancing how your body processes antioxidants.

Certified holistic and clinical nutritionist Pamela Warren suggests adding turmeric to your meat and veggie recipes (like you would a curry powder). This will help ward off signs of aging and promote healthy digestion.

For example, sprinkle it in casseroles, omelets, stews and soups, smoothies, salads or in dressings.

5. Mushrooms

mushrooms make you look younger
Adding mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake, to your diet will help keep you looking and feeling radiant.

The fungi in mushrooms help to promote healthy circulation, which keeps your skin vibrant while maintaining an optimal blood pressure level.

Shiitakes also have immune-boosting and anti-viral properties which work by stimulating the activities of your body's white blood cells, explains registered dietitian and raw food instructor Lauri Boone.

6. Dark Chocolate

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Happy news alert: Eating 2 pieces of dark chocolate a day can help keep you youthful.

Yes, it's true. Just make sure the dark chocolate contains at least 70 percent cacao.

This, so you're getting enough of the anti-aging antioxidant property called flavanol.

Flavanols work to repair cell damage, which in turn will keep your skin and hair youthful while protecting you from heart disease and possibly also diabetes, stroke and decreased vascular function.

Chocolate, we like you.

7. Red Wine

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Red wine helps protect the lining of your arteries and blood vessels. Which in turn helps protect against heart disease.

The secret ingredient is the antioxidant resveratrol.

This ingredient has also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and control high blood pressure.

No, this doesn't mean you can drink a bottle every night.

While you binge watch Netflix, but one glass that's enough of red every night can help slow the aging process.

Check out some of these other options for healthier alcoholic beverages.

References:
http://mayoclinic.com/health/red-wine
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/anti-aging-tips/10-anti-aging-foods
http://mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-chocolate
http://mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes

Petri Maatta

Petri Maatta

He is the founder of DreamMaker, whose mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed and grow, while keeping their business easy to manage.

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