Today’s society is so focused on looking younger that they will do anything to reverse aging, including surgery. But what if I told you you could just eat your way to a younger, more youthful appearance with the help of antioxidants.
Food has the power to reverse aging and to heal the body through antioxidants. Antioxidants are these amazing little things found in numerous fruits and vegetables that help remove free radicals (aka-aging compounds) from our body. These powerful compounds bind to the free radicals in your body and help remove them so that they cannot cause any cellular damage (aka aging).
By eating foods rich in antioxidants one can slow down the aging process and sometimes even reverse it. Here is a look at some of the best antioxidant rich foods your could be eating to slow down aging.
Antioxidant Rich Foods to Slow Aging
Spinach is high in antioxidants and low in calories which makes it a great food to add to any meal. Antioxidants in spinach are specifically great at protecting your eyes. So, make sure you are adding spinach to smoothies, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is another food rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are at their highest concentration in the purest dark chocolate of 88% or higher. Antioxidants from dark chocolate have been found to help reduce inflammation and some studies any even found this could help lower blood pressure. However, this is a more calorie dense food so don’t over do it.
Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels for fruit. These little berries have been shown to help improve brain functioning in aging populations. So don’t forget to add blueberries to your morning smoothie to help keep your brain young too.
Goji berries are not as common as some of the other items on this list but they should definitely be considered for their boost in blood levels of antioxidants. Goji antioxidants have been shown to help slow the skin aging process. So in addition to SPF make sure you grab a couple of goji berries to keep that skin looking young.
Beets are a wonderful vegetable that is high in antioxidants, folate, iron, and potassium. Beets antioxidants are so powerful that studies have shown that eating beets can help lower colon cancer risk and lower high blood pressure. If you are not a fan of eating beets (which are delicious in salads), then you can add them to smoothies and barely taste them.
Now this is the holy grail of antioxidant food. Just 1 cup of cranberries has 8,983 antioxidants and only 45 calories! That’s a win, win! Cranberries have been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and keep bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides low. Plus eating cranberries regularly has shown to decrease risk of lung, colon, and breast cancer.
7. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is a more sour tasting tea but still very delicious and it’s packed with a ton of antioxidants. Drinking Hibiscus teas daily has been shown to decrease high blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and improve your liver detoxifying power. Some studies have even shown that regularly drinking hibiscus tea is linked to weight loss as well.
So, next time your are thinking about buying some “too good to be true cream” or getting a surgery, maybe look at your fridge and see what you could be eating more of to reverse aging.
This is only a small list of antioxidant rich foods that you could add to your diet to help you look younger. Just by adding more antioxidants to your meals you can help protect your body and your youth. Side note, antioxidant supplements do not work, so save your money and eat the real stuff.
Just remember to do your research and to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new diet. Remember certain foods interact with medications so make sure you check with your primary care physician before adding any new foods to your diet.