5 AGE-EREASING LAWS
Food does much
more than satisfy your taste buds and silence your growling belly — the
right eats can help you look great, feel fantastic, and stay sexy for
decades to come. Eat to stay young by following these five commandments of long-lasting health and beauty.
Age-Erasing Law No. 1
Shop For Color
Antioxidants are those chemicals in foods that give tomatoes their
bright red sheen, broccoli that lush green color, blueberries their
range of blues, and eggplant its deep purple skin. More important,
they're the compounds that keep lines from creeping onto your face and
cholesterol from clogging your arteries. And they take the prize when it
comes to stiff-arming the aging process. These nutritional superheroes
neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, which have been linked to
everything from wrinkles and age spots to cancer and heart disease. "In
addition to staving off the visible signs of getting older, antioxidants
can go as far as to actually reverse age-related cell damage," says
Bonnie Taub-Dix, R. D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic
Association. What's more, research also points to a compelling
connection between eating foods that are loaded with antioxidants and
living a longer, healthier life.
Because different antioxidants
tackle different aging concerns, your best bet is to get a variety of
them. The easiest way to accomplish that is to eat fruits and vegetables
of many colors, as each hue signifies a separate health benefit. For
example, the antioxidants in berries help maintain cognitive and motor
functioning, those found in pomegranates have been found to reduce the
risk of heart attack and stroke, and broccoli and brussels sprouts
contain compounds that help prevent breast cancer.
Age-Erasing Law No. 2
Monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, fish, nuts, and seeds
have been shown to lower the risk of a host of age-related diseases:
arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and even
Alzheimer's. So if you still have an aversion to the 'F' word, it's time
to get over it. Your appearance will benefit, too: The more omega-3's
(mostly found in fatty fish like wild salmon) you consume, the more you
reduce your risk of age-related skin damage.
Age-Erasing Law No. 3
Sip Red Wine
By the Editors of Women's Health
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