Among the most talked-about health topics is the subject of anti-aging, including such aspects as antioxidants, supplements and anti aging foods generally. Of course, the biggest secret to staying young and healthy is in the mind: your attitude can keep you young or prematurely age you. You can choose your attitude, so why not choose to be cheerful and happy? It will certainly reduce the amount of stress hormones in your system, which have also been found to have detrimental effects. Laughter lines are more appealing than worry lines.
Another important aspect is not which foods to eat, but which to avoid. Here sugar (particularly fructose), is the biggest culprit. Fructose has been shown in a study to cause high uric acid levels (gout), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar and may depress the immune system. It is a general metabolic poison. Xylitol is a good alternative, although glucose does not seem as bad as fructose. Cane sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose. Excessive intake of other carbohydrates, particularly wheat (gluten) and potatoes, may lead to early-morning stiffness in the joints as well as other problems.
The topic of what foods to avoid is a big one, and also depends on individual metabolism and particularly blood type, due to their lectin content. Avoiding wheat and sugar, especially when dining out, is extremely difficult, as they are contained in most gravies and condiments.
Anti Aging Antioxidants
There is a long list of anti aging antioxidants, but here is a brief list of some of the most important or best known:
Vitamin C: Derived from fruits and vegetables, particularly lemons or other citrus fruits and vegetables. Helps boost immunity as well as other anti aging effects. The ester form can be used topically on the skin.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene): From yellow or red vegetables and fruits. Helps boost the immune system.
Astaxanthin: Derived from Salmon, trout, Krill, shellfish, yeast and microalgae. Has been shown to have many beneficial effects on heart, brain and skin. Perhaps one of the better supplements. Krill oil such as Everest Nutrition Krill Oil, provides astaxanthin and omega-3 oils and has anti-wrinkle benefits.
Vitamin E: Fruits like avocados are particularly high in this anti-oxidant. Also can be used topically for the skin.
Resveratrol: Derived from cocoa (including chocolate), red wine and peanuts. This has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and inflammations are at the root of many health problems. Watch Dr OZ’s comments on the effects of resveratrol, in the video below
For a list of healthy foods you should aim to include in your diet and their particular health benefits, visit this useful article on anti aging foods.
Supplements containing these antioxidants are also available. But it is important to note that it is better to go with natural sources rather than synthetics, until the synthetics have been shown to be as effective, as the body frequently doesn’t recognize and use the synthetics. Synthetic vitamin C for instance is much less effective than natural for this reason.
Foods are generally deficient in many minerals as well due to modern farming methods and depleted soils and a complete general supplement should be considered. Remember that the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is actually a minimum – just sufficient to prevent obvious deficiency symptoms – and the optimum level, when determined, has been found to be many times higher than the RDA.
If you wish to have a healthy old age and retain a youthful appearance, it is best to start early. We are a tough species and many foods are slow poisons. Debilitating conditions can take a long time to build up and can take as long to reverse. The latest research into the genetic effects of microRNA in foods is eye-opening – it explains why foods can cause excessive weight gain or illnesses through your genetic expression. A healthy and active old age also goes with a healthy and active life generally. The best approach to anti aging is multi-pronged, consisting of mental attitude, regular (but not excessive) exercise, healthy food and supplementation with anti aging antioxidants, minerals and anti aging foods such as garlic and herbs.
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