Your diet has more to do with longevity than you might think. It’s important to fill your plate with wholesome foods and nutrient-dense choices to get the most out of what you’re eating. So what foods are you missing out on? Try some of these options that have been shown to increase longevity.
Broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their ability to fight free radicals due to sulforaphane and antioxidants that can protect your healthy cells from diseases such as cancer. Stick to raw veggies though, since research has shown that boiling could create a “leaching effect.”
Whole grains. For optimum cardiovascular health, stick to whole grains—they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and soluble fiber. Fiber can help to prevent diabetes by regulating blood sugar, and can prevent high cholesterol.
Berries. Another antioxidant-packed food, berries can help to increase longevity—and the quality of that longevity. Berries also fight free radicals and come packed with anthocyanins—an antioxidant that can help improve muscle retention, balance, and brain function.
Dark chocolate. This one is hard to argue with, since any excuse to eat chocolate is a good one. Full of anti-inflammatory flavonoids—a compound packed with antioxidants that can prevent blood clots—dark chocolate can also reduce aging and cell death due to molecular inflammation.
Tomatoes. Lycopene is the star nutrient of tomatoes, and can help to protect against certain types of cancer, including prostate, stomach, and lung cancers.
Beets. Loaded with betaine, beets can also help to reduce inflammation. Slice some into a smoothie or salad to add this anti-inflammatory food to your diet.
Walnuts. Another anti-inflammatory, walnuts are packed full of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid.
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