Foods that fight aging – Part 2

With all the pressures of today’s world beating us mentally, breaking down our immune systems and causing us to age prematurely, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic pill that could erase the damage to our bodies caused by everyday living?

While there might not be a magic pill, there ARE certain foods that we have access to everyday that can stop cancer in it’s track, prevent Alzheimer’s, prevent eye damage caused by age related problems, adjust blood sugar levels, and reduce the affects of heart disease. The science behind these super healthy foods is an ongoing process- more is being discovered every day.

I’ll cover many of these super foods and what you might expect from eating them. Here are the ten healthiest foods, following by some pretty miraculous herbs and spices.

Greens/Vegetables- High in antioxidants, contain folate, calcium and other nutrients that figure into bone health. Also prevents cognitive decline and reduces age related eye problems. Cruciferous greens like Broccoli and Cabbage reduce memory loss and fight some cancers. It has been found that organic greens have higher levels of anti-oxidants than regular greens.

Whole Grains- high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Because whole grains are digested more slowly than processed grain, this helps to prevent high blood sugar and diabetes. Grain is also excellent in reducing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Berries-(Blueberries, Blackberries and Cranberries) Super high in antioxidants, these berries also carry the most beneficial anthocyanins anitoxidant, which has been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers, improve brain functions and help maintain muscle tone and balance.

Also under the berry group is the newly discovered Acai berry. Another in the high antioxidant group, this berry carries all important phytonutrients for improved cellular health, flavonoids to reduce inflammation, acne and wrinkles, and fatty acids known for their cellular regeneration. These things are important because as we age, our skin becomes thinner, losing collagen and elastin, and recycles itself much slower.

Red and Purple Grapes-high in the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is an anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant. Mice given these grapes had their lives extended beyond that of their unlucky counterparts. Science suggests a glass of red wine each day, or a cup of pure purple grape juice.

Fish-Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fish is an anti-inflammatory that can lower the risk