Beans, an often an overlooked food, are very healthy as they contain high amounts of fiber and protein, but are low in carbohydrates which make them a great choice when you’re trying to lose weight. They also are a great source of antioxidants to reduce inflammation which helps slow the aging process. Look for higher antioxidant options like red, black or pinto beans. Let beans take center plate.
There cannot be enough great things said about turmeric. This bright yellow spice widely used in Indian curry dishes, contains extremely high levels of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds to both aid digestion and slow the aging process. Turmeric is available in most grocery stores and can be added to soups sauces and stews. Don’t be afraid to spice it up.
Garlic has many age-defying properties and is recommended to prevent heart disease and hypertension. This alone qualifies it as an anti-aging super food. Probably the most important thing garlic contains is allicin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound it is believed can boost the immune system and even prevent cancer. It is important to recognize that allicin, which is formed when the garlic is crushed or minced, is highly unstable so it is recommended to mince or crush the garlic just before adding to your food for the highest health benefit.
4. Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate is an ultimate superfood. You must find chocolate with a high cocoa content, which will contain the highest anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonal, a type of antioxidant abundant in dark chocolate, can reverse the cognitive aging process according to research.
Though a healthy food, you must eat dark chocolate sparingly as it is still high in sugar, fat and calories. Avoid milk chocolate or “Dutch processed” chocolate as this can significantly reduce the flavanol content thus negating the anti-aging benefits.
Eggplant doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Known for its bright purple skin, it gets its anti-aging label for high content of nasunin an extremely powerful antioxidant that has proven helpful in prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Additionally, research suggests nasunin may slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Eggplant should be stored carefully and not cut until just prior to preparing to maintain its antioxidant level. Incorporating eggplant into your diet should be fun. Cube it and add to any baked or curry dish. A food this powerful is worth the effort.
6. Red Bell Pepper
Red Bell Peppers are ripened green bell peppers and are an antioxidant super star. Containing roughly 60 percent more vitamin C than the green bell pepper, it packs more powerful anti-aging properties. One medium red bell pepper provides two-times the daily need for vitamin C plus nearly all the daily needs of vitamin B-6. Additionally, being low in calories and having high fiber content make the red bell pepper a great option for attaining weight loss goals.
Choose brightly colored red bell peppers with firm, tight skin to get the most health benefit. You can chop red bell peppers to top salads or add to soups and sauces. An all-around super food, it makes sense to add a daily dose of red bell pepper to your diet.