Ten Delish Foods For A Healthier Anti-Aging Diet

Ten Delish Foods For A Healthier Anti-Aging Diet

One of the best ways to slow the aging process is with a healthy diet. Certain foods have incredible healing properties that can protect your body from inflammation, while supplying the building blocks to keep your muscles and joints strong and fit.

This article will give you ten of the most delicious foods that have anti-aging effects. Each food fits in a category, of which other foods are similarly protective against aging because they have similar chemical properties. This way, you’ll have a long list of different foods to choose from when planning meals for optimal variety and wellness.

To understand how food impacts aging, it’s important to know that protective foods tend to have the following effects:

They provide antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, which bounce around damaging cells, DNA, and genes, accelerating aging.

They provide amino acids to sustain muscle, bone, and connective tissue.

The provide phytonutrients that increase insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, allowing for less inflammation.

They provide nutrients that lower oxidative stress in the blood vessels, resulting in better cholesterol values and improved blood vessel function.

They supply antioxidants that help the body metabolize cortisol and other hormones that are harmful when they are in excess such as estrogen.

They provide indigestible fiber that prevents inflammation in the GI tract, keeping your digestion running like clockwork.

On the flipside, there are foods you want to avoid because they are harmful to the body, increasing inflammation, activating the immune system, and compromising hormone balance.

These are typically refined and ultra-processed foods that unfortunately make up a large component of the American food supply.

Soda, fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages (like sports drinks), processed carbs (bread, cereal, chips, crackers), vegetable oils (especially corn and soy oil), foods with added sugar, processed meat, alcohol, and refined grains all increase oxidative stress, accelerating aging throughout the body.

Therefore, a simple way to approach an anti-aging diet is to choose whole foods in their most natural state. At the end, after the list, there will be recommendations for designing anti-aging meals to get the greatest protective effect.

#1: Seafood: Halibut

Seafood consistently shows up on diets of the longest-lived populations on earth due to the high-quality protein content and robust concentration of essential omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, which lower inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.

Other good options: Salmon, Sardnes, Mackerel

#2: Berries: Blueberries

All berries and dark-colored fruits have sky-high antioxidant levels that can reduce inflammation, while also increasing insulin sensitivity and lowering blood pressure. They may also protect the brain and help promote restful sleep.

Other good options: Blackberries, Raspberries, Cherries

#3: Stone Fruit: Mangos

Stone fruit are massively nutritious and provide an array of antioxidants to banish inflammation. The mango contains unique phytochemicals that can reverse metabolic and inflammation-related diseases, lowering risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Other good options: Peaches, Nectarines, Plums

#4: Nuts: Almonds

Rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fat, nuts contain unique antioxidants that lower inflammation and improve hormone balance. In addition to countering oxidative stress and protecting cells from aging, almonds improve energy use for better athletic performance.

Other good options: Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans

#5: Cultured Dairy: Greek Yogurt

Cultured dairy products are fermented with bacteria that improve digestion and have anti-inflammatory effects on the GI tract. The probiotic bacteria in Greek yogurt can increase absorption of nutrients and increase insulin sensitivity, balancing hormones for less oxidative stress.

Other good options: Kefir, Cheese

#6: Leafy Greens: Rainbow Chard

Leafy greens are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that keep cells healthy. Rainbow chard contains some of the more exotic, health-promoting antioxidants that can moderate blood sugar and eliminate inflammation.

Other good options: Arugula, Collards, Kale

#7: Starchy Vegetables—Sweet Potato

Starchy vegetables are high in indigestible fiber and nutrients that slow aging. For example, sweet potatoes are the primary food stable of the Okinawans—the world’s longest living population—providing healthy carbohydrates and loads of inflammation abolishing antioxidants.

Other good options: Legumes, Peas, Squash

#8: Fruit Oil: Coconut Oil

Many people don’t realize that coconut, olive, and avocado are all considered fruits. This is one reason the oils they contain are so healthy: They have high levels of anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are not available in the more conventional (and inflammatory) seed oils.

Other good options: Olive & Avocado Oil

#9: Cruciferous Vegetables: Cauliflower

Packed with antioxidant nutrients, the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts) contain phytonutrients that fight cancer and protect cells and DNA from aging. Cauliflower is good for binding with bile acids, which helps to balance cholesterol levels for an anti-aging effect on the blood vessels.

Other good options: Bok Choy, Cabbage, Kale

 #10: Vinegar: Balsamic

Vinegars have many anti-aging effects, improving the body’s ability to metabolize high-carb foods and reducing the inflammation associated with high insulin levels. Balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants that prevent oxidation of fats, which damages cells, while helping to balance cholesterol levels for a younger cardiovascular system.

Other good options: Apple Cider Vinegar & Red Wine Vinegar

Tips For Eating An Anti-Aging Diet

Adopting an anti-aging diet is simple. Plan every meal to contain a high-quality protein (for muscle and bone building), a vegetable or fruit (for antioxidants and fiber), and a healthy fat (for improved absorption of nutrients).

For example, at breakfast, try Greek yogurt (protein) with almonds (healthy fat) and berries (fruit).

For lunch, go for a salad of mixed greens (vegetable), walnuts and olive oil (healthy fat), and lentils (protein).

For dinner, try halibut (protein) with a stir-fry containing rainbow chard (vegetable) cooked in coconut oil (healthy fat).

Of course, you’re not restricted to the foods on this list. There are many other protective foods not mentioned here. Eggs and legumes are great protein sources. Leafy green herbs and spices provide flavor, texture, and blood sugar lowering nutrients. Heirloom grains provide a nutritious higher carb variation when you’re in the mood for that sort of thing. Coffee and chocolate are packed with antioxidants for when you want to indulge without any guilt!