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Foods That Fight Aging

We introduced sixteen age fighting foods. Consider these foods your anti-aging staples. Load up a plate at the feel-better buffet and turn back the clock on a full (and happy) stomach.

  • Mango – Mango provides 96 percent of your daily vitamin C needs and helps prevent periodontal disease.
  • Foods of the Mediterranean – Fennel, an anti-inflammatory; octopus, a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, B12, iron and zinc; gigantes beans, giant lima beans rich in potassium.
  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber which reduces LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind).
  • Avocado – Avocados are one of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats and contain biotin for healthy skin.
  • Oysters – Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, which aids in protein synthesis and collagen formation.
  • Pomegranate Seeds – Pomegranate seeds contain juice rich in ellagic acid and punic alagin – two agents that fight damage from free radicals and preserve the collagen in your skin.
  • Red Peppers and Brussels sprouts – Red peppers and Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin C, which help build collagen and fight off free radicals.
  • Romaine Lettuce – Romaine lettuce is a leafy green vegetable high in vitamin A, a vitamin that helps revitalize skin by increasing cell turnover and encouraging new skin cell growth. Add 6 leaves to your salad or as a side with dinner for your daily allowance of vitamin A.
  • Sardines – Sardines, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, promote hair growth and shine to keep your locks looking young.
  • Spinach -Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin C, which the body needs to manufacture sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum is the body’s “natural conditioner,” and keeps hair shiny, smooth and young looking, while preventing dryness.
  • Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds contain lignin phytoestrogens, which prevent collagen breakdown and boost the skin’s lipid barrier.
  • Watermelon – Watermelon is a source of lycopene, which protects the skin from UV rays.
  • Wheat Germ – Wheat germ is rich in zinc, which plays a crucial role in the production of new skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help prevent eczema; recent studies even indicate that wheat germ can help reduce acne. Get half a cup of wheat germ per day for your daily dose of zinc. Try sprinkling it over salads and yogurt or adding it to smoothies.
  • Black Currants – Black currants contain a compound called anthocyanosides, which can help improve vision. Additionally, this superfood contains five times the vitamin C that oranges do, making it a superb immunity booster.
  • Tuna – Tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids that fight UV-related cell damage and are a rich source of niacin, a deficiency of which causes skin rashes.
  • Pure Noni Juice – Pure noni juice, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, can help fight the formation of tumors – and wrinkles. Noni and noni products build collagen and are high in antioxidants and polyphenols.

Michelle’s ability to wear many hats has made her a valuable asset to the Y.E.S. Fitness team.