Until we discover the fountain of youth, we’re trying every anti-aging treatment under the sun. That means doing what we can to not only look younger (hello, sunscreen!), but also to be healthier so that we can literally add years to our lives. Thankfully, there are plenty of things we can do to stave off eternal rest that don’t involve shelling out $300 on eye creams. One of the primary tactics is diet. According to Nathan LeBrasseur, director of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living Program at the Mayo Clinic, diet can play a major role in delaying “the onset of age-related diseases and [extending] the number of healthy, active, productive years.” His research suggests that there are five categories of anti-aging foods that may truly help us age better.
5 Anti-Aging Foods to Add to Your Diet
Research has shown that beans, which are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and plant polyphenols, are linked to a “14% decrease in the risk of dying of ischemic heart disease.” They can also help lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides.
Nuts, which are high in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants, have been found to lower the risk of dying from conditions like cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems. They’ve also been found to lower bad cholesterol and improve your body’s use of insulin.
Yes, you heard that. A study published in the journal Heart found that regular consumption of small amounts of chocolate, which is high in flavonoids, can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 25%. It can also lower blood pressure and clotting. Dark chocolate is advised, as it has less sugar than milk chocolate.
Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, calls whole grains a “total nutrient package.” Thanks to their antioxidants, B vitamins, fiber, and polyphenols, they have been shown to reduce your risk of “cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, infectious disease, and respiratory problems.”
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