Anti-Aging Foods

Healthy Aging, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on May 1, 2009

We here at Spry don't love the term "anti-aging." We aren't anti-aging, nor are we pro. Consider us Switzerland in this conflict: We are neutral; it is what it is.

Accepting the fact that the years are going by doesn't mean, though, that we have to give in to the ticking of the clock. We can live better—younger—every day by making smart choices, particularly when it comes to filling our plates. In fact, some of the best "preservatives" may already be in your pantry or fridge right now.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Spinach: Age-related memory problems may be reversed with antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E help protect cells from the damage that contributes to the aging process.

Salmon: The omega-3 fats in salmon and other fatty fish like herring and sardines are powerful cancer-fighters. Omega-3s are also found in flaxseed, leafy green vegetables and walnuts.

Cocoa: Ounce for ounce, cocoa beans are among the richest sources of antioxidants. Natural (also called nonalkalized) cocoa powder has more antioxidant power than Dutch-processed cocoa.

Lentils: High in fiber and folic acid, lentils can help control blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.