TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Aging is an inevitable part of life. However, maintaining a healthy diet can slow it down and boost longevity.
A nutrition expert Wendy Bazilian, as quoted from Real Simple, said that most people who desire to live a long life want to live a long and healthy life.
“In general, you can’t go wrong with the plant kingdom: fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains, herbs and spices, tea, and so on,” Bazilian said. Yet, she added that consuming those foods regularly is the key to making a difference in your health.
Here are foods you can stock up for fighting off aging:
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. They also serve as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which are highly beneficial to maintain one’s brain health or cognitive function, promote heart health, and lower the risk of certain cancers.
Women who are consuming walnuts regularly, a new study finds, are more likely to age healthfully compared to those who didn’t. By means, those women above the age of 65 years reportedly have no chronic disease, memory impairment, physical disabilities, and mental health issues.
Teas are filled with powerful antioxidants known as phytochemicals including EGCG and other catechins, flavonoids, and theanine. It improves heart health, lowers cholesterol, as well as reduces blood pressure and fat absorption. Adding unsweetened tea to your daily diet is helpful to increase life expectancy.
Beans are a major part of the Mediterranean diet, which is one the healthiest styles, said Bazilian. They are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber to maintain heart health and guts, blood sugar stability, healthy weight management, and others.
Herbs are nutrient-dense. Besides making other nutritious and anti-aging foods taste delicious, they help people to limit the sugar and salt intake needed to contribute to healthy aging.
Flavonols that are found in pears are associated with a reduced risk for developing dementia related to Alzheimer's disease. The high fiber content benefits your gut, cardiovascular, and overall health as we age.