We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we want you to feel amazing both inside and out! That’s why this post is all about what foods will keep you looking younger no matter what age you are! Can food really help you live longer? Will avocados really protect my skin? Can I still eat chocolate? Why is red wine on this list? Stick around cause we’re gonna answer all these questions and more!
This tropical fruit has a buttery texture that is sweet and delicious. This one might not be something you’re totally familiar with which is why we put it at the top of our list! There are a few varieties, but today we’re gonna focus on the most common which is the red papaya.
Papaya has the reputation of a superfood because it’s rich in antioxidants which studies show helps reduce the signs of aging. It contains vitamin A which helps your vision, vitamin C which is great for the immune system and skin, vitamin K helps your bones and heart, and vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps not only your skin but the health of your blood, your eyes and your brain.
The best part about Papaya is that it contains a digestive enzyme called papain which hosts even more anti-aging benefits and is known as one of the best anti-inflammatory foods out there and might even be more effective than some anti-inflammatory drugs on the market.
Getting into a walnut might be difficult, but the benefits are worth it! Long ago people thought walnuts were healthy for the brain because they actually look like a brain, and in reality, they weren’t wrong!
Walnuts are especially good for your brain because of the protein and omega 3 fatty acids they contain. Eating a handful of walnuts every day will get you just the right dose of these fatty acids to increase your overall longevity.
Plus Omega 3’s are known to help keep your brain young, preventing the onset of dementia. They’re good for your heart too! Walnuts can improve your cholesterol and keep the risk of heart disease low. Finally something the heart and mind can agree on!
This brightly colored food is great for anti-aging by keeping your skin looking young and smooth. They’re high in anti-inflammatory fatty acids and are rich in vitamin A which can help us shed old skin cells so new glowing skin can shine through.
Avocados contain carotenoids which can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, can block toxins, and lower your risk against certain forms of cancer.
You can toss avocado in any salad, make it into delicious homemade guacamole or put it on toast!
4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ok, this one isn’t exactly a food, but it’s still something you ingest so we’re counting it. You wanna make sure you’re getting the extra virgin kind to reap all the healthy, anti-aging benefits.
Olive oil has a reputation for being one of the healthiest fats on the planet. It protects you against a wide range of age-related diseases like, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and can lower your blood pressure.
It’s great for your largest organ too, your skin! Olive oil is about 73% monounsaturated fat which helps keep your skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Good old water – does it ever let us down in the health department? Staying hydrated is pretty important as water keeps our bodies functioning at top performance.
Did you know that the thirst sensation becomes weaker as we age? That means the older we get, the more important it is that we keep ourselves hydrated. We’re made up of about 60% water anyway, and water helps our bodies fight off damage and aging.
6. Green tea
Keeping with our liquid theme, green tea is another one that should be part of your routine if you wanna stay youthful. Green tea is super high in antioxidants that help your cells fight off damage that can cause premature aging or increase your risk of disease.
Green tea is loaded with specific types of antioxidants called polyphenols. These can fight against heart disease, inflammation, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Not only that but polyphenols are also known to boost the main protein in your skin called collagen. This can also reduce the appearance and other signs of premature aging.
7. Red Wine
Wait, WHAT?! We told you this next one will surprise you! Any kind of alcohol should be consumed in moderation and a glass of red wine every now and then can have some benefits, especially when it comes to keeping you young.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in wine that research shows can protect you against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
When it comes to anti-aging resveratrol can help activate the longevity-related protein called sirtuin 1, can improve insulin sensitivity, and can improve the function of the mitochondria which can be altered as we age.
This bright red fruit is one of the healthiest ones you can buy! When it comes to antioxidants, pomegranate might have the edge over green tea! As we age the risk of disease can increase, diseases like colon cancer.
Pomegranate could help improve the condition of people suffering from this type of cancer. When it comes to its age-defying benefits, studies suggest pomegranate can protect you from the sun’s harmful rays can repair damaged skin, and increase your body’s production of collagen.
9. Sweet Potato
See? We told you it was sweet. Sweet potato is a healthy and great alternative to your average potato when you’re craving something yummy.
The bright orange color of sweet potatoes is what lets you know they’re full of beta carotene.
Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A which boosts your skin cells promoting elasticity, encourages new skin cell growth, and leaves you with younger, softer skin.
You didn’t think we’d get through this list without talking about vegetables, did you? Vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients your body needs, especially if you wanna stay young looking.
One study focused on more than 700 Japanese women and measured their skin’s elasticity and other skin qualities. Researchers found that those who ate more green and yellow vegetables had fewer wrinkles than those who didn’t.
Many vegetables contain antioxidants that can protect you against harmful diseases like heart disease, cancer, and cataracts as you age. The next item is something that you can add to just about any meal…
Spice up your life! Spices add flavor and health benefits to any meal! They also have some age-defying qualities. The smell of cinnamon is a delightful one, and you should add it to your diet more often because cinnamon has been shown to increase the production of collagen in your skin making it firmer and youthful-looking.
If you like heat, then you’re in luck because research suggests the capsaicin in chili can reverse some of the age-related changes that take place in the skin’s cells. So, try spicing up your next dish. Ginger is another spice that can help prolong the signs of aging.
Ginger contains a compound called gingerol. This compound could reduce the appearance of age spots that appear when our skin becomes damaged from the sun. Plus it also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
12. Bone Broth
Slurping down some bone broth might not be part of your regular diet, but in the health community, it’s widely known for its health benefits. Bone broth is made from cooking down the bones of your leftover meals.
For example, you can make bone broth from the leftover chicken bones from your supper, or the leftover fish bones. This releases the nutrients into the broth. Once you’ve done that you can enjoy the benefits like A boost in collagen which as you know helps your skin stay firm and fights off wrinkles.
Studies also show that collagen can assist bone health and keep your muscles strong. You want to keep your bones and muscles strong, especially as you age. More research needs to be done on bone broth but the research that is out there is very promising in terms of anti-aging. Alright last, but certainly not least.
13. Dark Chocolate
We thought we’d save the best for last. Keep in mind, it HAS to be dark chocolate. Milk chocolate doesn’t have much, if any, of the benefits we’re going to pass along.
70% Dark chocolate or higher is great in the anti-aging field and fights off common ailments that affect us as we get older like high blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating a square or two of dark chocolate as a treat won’t spike your blood sugar and has lots of antioxidants that defend your cells against damage from free radicals.
Dark chocolate is high in calories so you want to keep this as a small treat every now and again, to get all the benefits.