Age gracefully by eating right

In the perennial quest for longevity, there are no miracle cures. But what’s on your plate matters more than you think. Here are foods to put in your pantry that contain nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems.

In the perennial quest for longevity, there are no miracle cures. But what’s on your plate matters more than you think. Here are foods to put in your pantry that contain nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems.

Diets high in cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cabbage help reduce risk of memory loss and cancer.

Good Carbohydrate choices: Avocados, dark-green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, spinach, escarole, romaine lettuce, cherries, berries, apples, pears, barley, beans (dried and fresh), bean sprouts, endive, eggplant, cabbage, kale, red and green peppers, bok choy, and celery.

Best fats: Extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, flax seed, nuts (especially almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia) pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.

Beverages: Spring water, green tea, white tea, black tea

Grains: Buckwheat, whole oats, barley

Spices: Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne, (every spice and herb you can think of are stellar anti-aging foods).

Aging is a very complex process that involves many areas of your body. There is no single product, pill or substance which could cure all of the ills of aging.

Your best avenue for a long and healthy life is to keep yourself healthy and prevent chronic diseases.

 

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