Our Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods
- Onions: Contain a high level of quercetin, an antioxidant that helps strengthen damaged cells. Onions also help raise “good” cholesterol levels.
- Garlic: Promotes the growth of white blood cells, the body’s natural germ fighters. Both fresh and dried garlic have been shown to lower harmful LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Broccoli: Rich in magnesium and vitamin C, it’s one of the most powerful immunity boosters available.
- Quinoa: This grain-like seed is a complete protein food, which means it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle and repair itself.
- Kale: Jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals, it also contains lutein, an important nutrient.
- Wild salmon: A great source of omega-3 fats – the ultimate anti-ageing nutrient – plus loads of vitamin D and selenium for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones.
- Nuts: These contain healthy oils, fibre, vitamins, minerals, potent phytochemcials and the amino acid arginine.
- Spinach: Bursting with health benefits, it contains many phytonutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins K, C and E, folate, iron and carotenoids.
- Sardines: High in omega-3 fatty acids, they contain almost no mercury and are loaded with minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
- Eggs: They contain high-quality proteins, essential minerals and every vitamin except C.
Foods to Avoid
Wheat, cow’s milk and soy products: These are difficult for many people to digest and are not recommended for people with poor immune systems. Raw organic butter, however, is digested better than other dairy foods and is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and fermented soy products such as miso, tempeh and tamari are okay in moderation.
- Processed food: Consumption of artificial ingredients and additives wreaks havoc on the immune system.
- Sugar: This is linked to a range of illnesses, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes. Sugar in all forms should be limited as much as possible, including fruit – stick to one or two pieces a day. Use the natural alternative stevia instead when cooking.
- Salt: All salt contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease, so use sparingly. Opt for sea salt, as table salt contains anti-caking agents.
- Man-made fats: Trans fats, found in packaged foods and fried fast food, increase the risk of heart disease. The best fats to eat are cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, seed and nut oils, and moderate amounts of coconut oil.