Anti aging guide

Anti-Aging Foods



Anti-Aging Eating

There is really a distinction between healthy eating and anti-aging eating. Eating for general health is a obscure concept which doesn’t address any particular health problems but rather promotes overall health. Anti-aging nutrition, however, is specific to youth and longevity on the one hand and to age-related diseases on the other.

Certain foods are especially effective in assisting to boost our body’s defenses in the fight against aging. Other foods are useful in defying age-related illnesses such as arthritis and osteoporosis. These foods can easily be included in our everyday diet, but we need to make the effort to choose them wisely and to consume them regularly in order to enjoy the maximum benefits.

A considerable part of anti-aging nutrition is focused on fighting free radical damage.

Free Radicals

The theory that aging is the result of free radicals is currently the best known in the scientific and anti-aging communities. Several dietary antioxidants can boost the performance of the body’s own free radical scavengers, the ‘mop-up molecules’ which neutralize free radicals and therefore minimize the damage they cause. Examples of the most common and best known antioxidants are:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Beta carotene
  • Selenium

Other free radical scavengers are less well known but equally effective.

These include chemicals such as:

  • Pycnogenol
  • Carnosine
  • Grapeseed extract
  • Isoflavones

Another extremely effective free radical scavenger is the chemical superoxide dismutase, or SOD for short. Cutting-edge research has found that SOD supplements can help prevent heart attacks and arthritis, and can slow down aging. A study of centenarians has shown that people who live to be over 100 years old have high levels of natural SOD in their blood.

Nevertheless, other researchers warn that taking very high levels of artificial SOD supplements on their own may create more problems than benefits. It is best to take these supplements in balance with other antioxidants such as vitamin E or vitamin C. In this way, the potency of each individual antioxidant is increased and the effects are much more powerful.

To reduce production of free radicals you should aim to avoid taking iron supplements. Iron is important in preventing certain forms of anemia but it should only be taken on medical advice. It is not an all-purpose ‘pick-me-up’. Several research projects have made scientists aware that too much iron in the blood can boost the effectiveness of free radicals, helping them to cause even more damage.

Anti-Aging Foods

Several foods can help us live longer, appear younger and generally fight the aging process. Certain foods can also help in reducing the risk of age-related diseases, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s dementia, osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. It is possible to enjoy the benefits of a good anti-aging nutrition by making the right choices yourselves. But it is recommended that you work in association with a qualified nutritionist or with any other expert in anti-aging. Some nutrients may not suit certain people, and supplements may be taken even when there is really no need for them. Anti-Aging nutrition works better if it is part of a general plan including suitable physical and mental exercises.

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  22. Using Flavored Vinegars and Olive Oil in Salad
  23. Use Light Tofu and Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  24. Try a Liquid Diet for a Day
Posted by Carol Hudgens