Just because we all have to age, doesn’t mean we can’t do it gracefully! And when we say gracefully, we don’t mean covering up our outsides with products, hair dyes, and younger clothes.
We mean feeling younger than our years both physically and mentally; having a body that feels healthy, a brain that’s sharp, and a healthy glow about us. That’s what true youthfulness is about.
The amazing thing about healthy aging is that we can contribute to it through natural, whole foods. No matter what kind of diet you’re on, these three foods will fit into it – and the best part? They all have scientific studies backing up their anti-aging properties. So go ahead, look your best at any age with these three delicious foods!
One of the biggest issues facing older Americans today is age-related cognitive decline. While exercise and a proper diet are essential for a healthy brain, blueberries have been studied over and over again for the ability to help protect the brain against dementia.
This is because blueberries contain anthocyanins; naturally occurring phytochemicals in plants that have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Two studies done by the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center in 2016 show just how powerful these anthocyanins are, with researchers noting that there was a clear “improvement in cognitive performance” in subjects who were given blueberry powder for 16 weeks, over subjects who were given a placebo.
Keeping our skin healthy as we age is not only an important part of feeling young, but an essential part of overall wellness, as sun damage can cause quite a few health issues.
While sunscreen and proper monitoring of time in direct sunlight are extremely important, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed that tomatoes (and specifically, tomato paste) can provide “protection against acute and potentially longer-term aspects of photodamage.”
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, is the reason behind their ultraviolet radiation-fighting powers.
A more recent study also published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed similar positive effects of lycopene protection against UV radiation, which means that eating tomatoes (and other foods rich in that antioxidant like watermelons and grapefruits) may truly help slow the aging process.
In study after study, turmeric proves itself to be one of the healthiest foods we can eat on a daily basis. In regards to aging, it helps keep us young in a variety of ways:
Stress and general unhappiness can truly age us, wreaking havoc on our immune system, nervous system, and brain. Turmeric has been shown to be beneficial in combatting depressive symptoms multiple times over (See: study 1, study 2, and study 3), and while it’s not a cure or should take the place of medication, it’s a cheap and simple way to keep our bodies and minds feeling younger and more carefree.
Turmeric is also fantastic for easing achey and/or overworked joints, and is continuously recommended for people suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is a major issue for an aging US population, and can often make sufferers feel older and unhappier because of the pain connected to movement.
Additionally, because turmeric is so great at helping to ease inflammation, it’s a fantastic natural tool for combating chronic, degenerative diseases that often strike the elderly.
GreenBlender and Aging
We have included and continue to include all three of these age-fighting superfoods in our smoothies! If you love the idea of helping your body and mind feel young from the inside out, while getting 2 – 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in one smoothie, click here to learn more >>>