Top 5 ANTI-AGEING foods.
Updated: Nov 14
Ageing is the process of getting older with time and is an integral part of life. Come whatever, we age. We can only decelerate or accelerate the process of ageing. Anti-ageing is the process by which we can slow, prevent or reverse the ageing process. Two-thirds of deaths occur due to age-related causes. We may be far from truly reversing or preventing ageing and in the context of this article, anti-ageing refers to slowing the process of ageing.
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Here are the top 5 ANTI-AGEING foods:
#1 Red bell pepper:
Red bell peppers have high amounts of antioxidants. Their antioxidant profile contains carotenoids like lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids are responsible for giving bright colours like yellow, orange and red to fruits & vegetables and have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Red bell peppers also contain good amounts of vitamin C that help boost collagen production and may help in reducing wrinkles, maintain youthful skin and hair. Red bell peppers can be consumed raw or cooked.
Spinach is rich in magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, zeaxanthin, lutein, calcium, manganese and a host of other antioxidants and flavonoids. These nutrients help maintain youthful skin, hair, nails, reduce inflammation and defend against free radical attacks. Spinach can be consumed raw or cooked.
Other than fibre and calcium, broccoli is rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, folate and other antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties and help with collagen production. Research has shown broccoli to have anti-cancer properties as well. Several studies indicate broccoli helps to defend against conditions like asthma and arthritis. Broccoli has high amounts of a chemical called indoles. Studies on rats and mice proved that indoles helped them stay fit as they grew old. Broccoli also contains sulforaphane which helps the body to protect against free radical attacks, reduce damage from oxidative stress and reduce cell damage. Broccoli can be consumed raw or cooked.
Avocados are loaded with nutrients like boron, fibre, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B series, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C etc. that help in collagen-production and prevent premature ageing. They are also high in carotenoids and fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties, help protect against certain types of cancers and guard against a free radical attack.
Garlic is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, selenium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, copper etc. There is some evidence that indicates that garlic can help prevent or delay the onset of - certain types of cancers, arthritis, cerebral ageing and cataract formation. Garlic contains compounds like caffeic acid, S-allyl cysteine and uracil that help slow skin ageing by reducing oxidative stress and by increasing type I procollagen formation. Research indicates that garlic boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and promotes detox all of which help with slowing down ageing.
Now we know the top 5 ANTI-AGEING foods.