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Seven Anti-Aging Foods for Vegetarians and Vegans
by Marnie Moore
Whether or not you’ve adopted a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you can incoproate these foods into your diet for anti-aging prevention.
We all know it is important to eat healthy food. Why not benefit even more by eating healthy food that can help with anti-aging? Here is a list of great tasting foods that all have anti-aging properties. Vegetarians and Vegans can safely eat each and every food on this list. (Non-vegetarians can find food lists that contain meat and animal products online).
Blueberries do more than look pretty, and taste great! They contain antioxidants, which means that they fight free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause cell damage, and the kind of chronic inflammation that leads to diseases like cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and more. Blueberries also contain vitamin C. In addition to helping you fight off colds, Vitamin C also fights antioxidants, and helps to give you a nice clean and clear complexion.
Walnuts are a wonderful source of omega-3. This is an essential fatty acid that helps your brain to function at it’s best. Omega-3 works by helping to supply oxygen to your brain. It also protects the membranes in your brain cells. For these reasons, omega-3 is thought to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer disease. Walnuts contain the same omega-3 that is found in fish, which means you can get enough omega-3 without having eat meat, or having to take supplements.
This is one of my favorite veggies! Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Its high in fiber. It has lots of vitamin A, and as much vitamin C as an orange. One cup of broccoli has as much calcium as two ounces of milk. How does broccoli help with anti-aging? It gives you plenty of calcium, which you need to prevent osteoporosis.
Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats. This food can help to lower your cholesterol, and help prevent heart disease, breast cancer, and colon cancer. It provides the essential fatty acids you need for healthy skin, and healthy cells. Avocados also have vitamin E, which helps prevent your skin from aging.
This is another one of my favorite veggies! Tomatoes contain a whole lot of a carotenoid called lycopene. It is believed that lycopene may assist with prevention of cancer, and macular degeneration. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes have vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Folate is a B vitamin that helps your body produce and maintain new cells. It also helps to prevent cancer.
Beans are a very good source of protein. They don’t have any of the bad fats that are found in animal sources of protein. Beans are high in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that cause your cells to age.
I found an excellent article about the many ways that water can help you look and feel younger. I already knew that giving yourself the proper amount of hydration will help your body to absorb the nutrients it needs from your food. I didn’t know water can help to prevent wrinkles!