Whether you’re a product junkie or could just care less about lines and gray hair, just about everyone wants to get more productive mileage out of the clock. Anti-aging is about far more than just smooth skin—it’s about flooding your body with the tools needed to keep it up and running for as long as possible. Here are seven foods drenched in antioxidants. These offer the happy advantage of not only being good for your looks, but also for your heart and overall health.
Lycopene-rich, red pigment in tomatoes is one of the super heroes of the food world. It’s most easily absorbed when tomatoes are heated, so tomato paste, ketchup, and other such products are fabulously rich in the nutrient. One tomato contains vitamins C, A, and K, potassium, and fiber.
2. Acai Berries
This honey of a fruit from South American rainforests is super high in antioxidants, offering almost twice the amount typically found in our reining domestic champion, the blueberry. It also has a strong anti-aging effect due to the high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidant vitamin content the fruit contains.
3. White Tea
It’s been gaining in popularity over the past few years, along with its cousin, green tea. White tea is more antioxidant rich than green thanks to the difference in production because it is harvested from younger buds and steamed rather than steeped before it comes to the consumer. More delicate in flavor than green, you’ll develop a taste for it in no time.
The more colorful and compelling the better. Cinnamon has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Tumeric helps arthritis sufferers, paprika, and cayenne pepper have been shown to fight high blood pressure and improve circulation.
Filled with omega-3 fatty acids and a well spring of antioxidants, wild salmon is a boon to health. Many dietitians recommend sushi as the best way to glean the maximum benefits from salmon as the cooking process can marginalize the nutritional value of the fish.
6. Olive Oil
Purported to be one of the healthiest substances in the world, many nutritionists recommend a tablespoon or so a day. We recommend you eat it with salad or drizzle over steamed veggies as we’ve read repeatedly that it’s not the best choice for sautéing. Some oils go rancid or toxic when exposed to the high heat of frying. High in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, it’s been shown to protect against heart disease.
Loaded with beta-sistosterol, a natural substance shown to lower blood cholesterol as well as Lutein, and Vitamin E, friends of the eye and skin, eaten in moderation its a building block for a winning diet.