Anti-Aging Foods and Tips to Remain Healthy

Anti-Aging Foods and Tips. Anti-aging foods used to be a myth, but many researchers offer valuable tips on how to remain healthy. You are what you eat and here are a few ideas on how to lose weight.

Piling your plate with fruits and vegetables is a no-brainer when it comes to weight loss — they’re low in calories, high in nutrients, and filling — but the latest studies show that certain ones can provide surprising anti-aging benefits.

There’s buzz about blueberries, for instance, for their memory-boosting potential. But berries of all hues are antioxidant-rich. That means they combat free radicals, molecules that can cause widespread cell damage and are linked to chronic inflammation.

Unlike the inflammation that occurs when you sprain an ankle or strain a muscle, the type that contributes to aging is persistent, and thought to be at the root of most chronic diseases, from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and osteoporosis. They’re also loaded with vitamin C, another potent antioxidant that may help keep your complexion looking smooth by fighting skin-damaging caused by free radicals.

To keep your vision sharp, set your sights on spinach and other dark leafy greens. These veggies are prime sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, plant pigments that protect your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Leafy greens are also rich in vitamin K, a nutrient that plays a role in reducing bone loss and preventing fractures.

Protein is a key dietary component for people in their 40s as muscle mass begins to decline by up to 1 percent a year. That drop slows metabolism, which makes the pounds pile on more easily. Experts recommend eating plenty of skinless chicken and turkey breast.