Anti-Aging Superfoods |
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Anti-aging superfoods: Aging is a natural process, but of course we intervene in it all the time, for better or worse. Medicine is now capable of keeping us alive longer than ever before, but we undo many of those benefits by eating badly. Just as poor nutrition can contribute to disease and premature aging, good food plays a key role in fighting the aging process.
No food can smooth out your wrinkles and lift your face. But a healthy diet in general, and certain “power foods” in particular, can fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system, improve your circulation and major organ function, and extend your memory. For 2014 I’d like to introduce you to seven “superfoods” from my native Peru. By superfoods I mean hard-working functional foods that far exceed basic nutritional content. They are anti-oxidant rich, nutrition-packed, organ- and immune-system supporting, and for all these reasons, anti-aging. Moreover, we think you’ll feel their effects fast.
The basics of a healthy diet are familiar at this point — stay away from foods that are processed or high in fat and/or sugar, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and eat foods from across the color spectrum. But if you’re looking for some new power foods to pack into your diet in 2014, I have seven recommendations.
1. Maca: A starch usually sold in a powder or gelatinized version, Maca is Peru’s hidden secret. It is high in calcium, iron, vitamin-C, and essential amino acids (1, 2, 3), which would make it a superfood on its own — but as the Incas knew, maca has extraordinary rejuvenative powers. It can be a benefit for the modern man as he ages or for anyone who wants to improve their energy (2).
2. Pichuberry: Also known as the scientific name Physalis Peruviana. I would like to declare this the superfruit of 2014. According to the nutrition food label for pichuberries, this fruit is so rich in Vitamin-D that 3/4 cup will give you 39 percent of your daily value. While the sunlight is a known source of vitamin D, adding pichuberries to one’s diet can help meet the requirement without causing skin damage — (and that will age you, to be sure). Not only that, but pichuberry contains rare phytochemicals called withanolides (5, 6) that have been demonstrated to slow the growth of tumors. It is anti-inflammatory (7), vitamin-rich (8).
3. Kiwicha: Also known to the United States as Amaranth, this antioxidant- and protein-packed seed is what I like to refer to as quinoa’s little sister. Many studies have shown that kiwicha lowers LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” protecting your cardiovascular system and helping you manage your blood pressure, both key aspects of aging (9, 10). Toast it quickly in a pan and it “pops,” puffing up to a perfect consistency for breakfast cereals or energy bars (see video blow on how to pop kiwicha).
4. Camu camu: This tropical berry is the single most potent source of vitamin C on the planet. Ounce for ounce, it has 50 times the vitamin C of an orange (11, 12). Vitamin C will, of course, provide immune system support, but it also supports the collagen in your skin, fighting those wrinkles (not to mention glaucoma).
5. Purple potatoes: These spuds are not just a colorful novelty. Once reserved for Peru’s kings to eat, their bright color comes from anthocyanin, a phytochemical that acts as an anti-oxidant absorbed directly into your bloodstream after eating (13). There it helps lower your blood pressure and slow down signs of aging (14, 15, 16).
6. Sacha inchi: Often called the Inca peanut, this is actually a seed that can be eaten whole or pressed into oil. Either way it is at once low in saturated fats and rich in omega-3 fatty acids — in fact it has the most omega-3s of any seed on the planet (17, 18). This makes Sacha inchi memory food, supporting cognitive function as you age (19).
7. Sweet potatoes: Most Americans see sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, and then forget about them for the rest of the year. But the orange color of the potatoes comes from beta-carotene, which supports eye health and protects against oxidative damage more broadly — it’s even associated with preventing the damage associated with cancers and cardiovascular disease (20). It lowers the risk of heart attacks in men (20). And there’s no reason to gum up these potatoes with marshmallows, sugar, or butter. They’re delicious in stews, or simply roasted.
Anti-aging superfoods: Aging is the single most natural thing we do. But there’s no need to do it any faster than you have to. No one of these superfoods — nor yet any single food — is a silver bullet to good health. But all of them pack a punch far above their weight in terms of overall health benefits, and can help support your body’s systems for years to come.
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