You Should Eat These Anti-Aging Foods If You Are Over 40

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The Secret To Looking 30 At Age 40

A great many people wish to grow up and grow old graceful; aging isn’t a scary thing if you have a positive outlook on life, but youth is something everyone wants to hold onto for a long time. While you can’t turn back time and reverse the effects, you can slow down your biological clock by eating these various healthy foods rife with vitamins and minerals against aging.

#1 Walnuts – A Nut For The Brain

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If someone told you that walnuts are full of fat, would you avoid them forever? Don’t fall for “fat is bad!” Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help brain health. It’s not just walnuts that have benefits, though! Nuts like almonds also have vitamins that can help skin problems like acne and eczema.

 

#2 Watermelon – Refreshing Fruit For The Summer

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The watermelon is a popular summer fruit because it is 92 percent water, making it the perfect refreshing snack. Despite being mostly water, however, the watermelon actually has high levels of vitamins and amino acids! It also has a lot of lycopene, which is associated with heart and bone health and prostate cancer prevention.

#3 Carrots – For The Eyes And Skin

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The eyes are the window to the soul! Carrots are known as that vegetable our parents always said to eat to have good eyesight, which is actually somewhat true. Carrots have lutein, which protects our retinas from degeneration and they’re also rich in Vitamin A, which help slow down signs of skin aging.

 

#4 Green Tea – Pretty? More Like Pre-tea

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Looking for an alternative for coffee on here? Tea has always been a popular caffeine alternative, but green tea has more benefits than just caffeine. Studies have shown that green tea has a lot of power going for cell regeneration, which can help keep your skin young and you beautiful for a long time.

 

#5 Olive Oil – Time To Go Mediterranean

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Did you know that people in the Mediterranean live longer and are less likely to develop heart diseases, strokes, or high blood pressure? This is because of olive oil being a staple in their food culture! Olive oil is rich in MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids), which are a healthy fat. Time to eat olives!

 

#6 Mangoes – You Are The Mango Of My Eye

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The mango, much like the carrot, has vitamin A benefits such as reducing damagefrom too much UV exposure and helping the skin stay hydrated by promoting blood flow. Other mango benefits are decreased risk of vision loss via macular degeneration, decreased risk for colon cancer, and improved digestion and bone health.

#7 Honey – No More Of That Sugar!

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Looking for an alternative for sugar?  How about some honey? Raw honey has flavonoids that have disease-fighting and disease-preventing properties, but not just that! Honey is so good for your skin that you can use it not just as a sugar alternative, but also as a face mask, if you’re feeling a bit fancy.

 

#8 Cocoa – Food Of The Gods

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You’d be surprised that what benefits come with where chocolate comes from! Cocoa has a number of health benefits, like anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has flavonoids that help lower blood pressure and keep your circulatory system healthy.  Cocoa also has properties that reduce cholesterol and glucose levels, and regulate sugar levels in your body!

 

#9 Fish/Fish Oil – Fish Oil For The Soul

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When people hear the word fat, they often think negatively of it. What about the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, though? These acids can help lower blood pressure and protect your heart. In addition, these healthy fats can moisturize your skin. Don’t know what fish to choose? Try salmon, sardines, or mackerel!

 

#10 Potatoes – A Potato For A Heart

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Is it po-tey-to or po-tah-to? Either way it’s pronounced, potatoes are still full of benefits. The potato has large amounts of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels, which lowers possibility of heart disease. What about the sweet potato, you ask? It’s also important in keeping your skin firm, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis!

#11 Tomatoes – More Than A Salad Ingredient

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The tomato has more nutrition to provide than you think! Tomatoes are full of Vitamin C, which fights wrinkles by building collagen. In addition, remember all those ketchup ads on TV boasting their lycopene-rich product? Lycopene, which tomatoes are also full of, protect the skin from UV rays and helps improve the circulatory system.

#12 Flaxseeds – The New Power Plant

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Flaxseeds’ health benefits stem primarily from the things inside them like the omega-3 fatty acids, which are the good kind of fat you want to consume for good heart health. In addition it also has fiber, which regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and studies have suggested that flaxseed could help protect from some cancers.

 

#13 Avocadoes – Heal Your Heart With Greens

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People might tell you avocadoes are unhealthy because of the fat in them, but don’t fall for it! Avocadoes actually contain the good kind of fat that decreases the possibility of heart disease and lowers cholesterol levels. They also have glutathione, which detoxifies your system and helps with skin problems like acne and wrinkles.

 

#14 Cheese – Smile For The Camera!

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Cheese is often associated with a lot of guilty pleasure foods, but it’s actually full of benefits! One of the vitamins it provides, Vitamin B5, can help maintain your skin. Vitamin B5 helps moisturize the skin, helps skin renew to look younger, and it even has properties that manage discomforts in your skin like itchiness!

#15 Yogurt – For The Dairy Lover

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Yogurt is often advertised as containing probiotics, which are live bacteria that have health benefits when consumed. Sounds scary, right? Don’t worry! These bacteria help fight irritation and redness in the skin. Moreover, they can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, so in addition to keeping skin young, it can also help with skin problems!

 

#16 Garlic – Only If You’re Not A Vampire

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Not only is garlic absolutely amazing in garlic bread, it is also an amazingly efficient anti-aging food! Garlic is full of organosulfur compounds (sulfur), which is good for the liver and skin; it also helps reduce cholesterol levels via its antioxidant properties. Moreover, garlic can also regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

 

#17 Blueberries – Don’t Be Blue, Berry

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Blueberries, while blue, will not actually make you sad when eaten. If anything, it makes your skin happy! The blueberry has stuff like flavonoids (antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties) and polyphenols (micronutrients), but it’s not just the blueberry you can count on for vitamins! You can also count on other berries such as strawberries and raspberries.

 

Eat Healthy, Folks!

So what do you think of our list? Eating these healthy foods with anti-aging benefits can help maintain your body and prolong your life expectancy, and they’re all easily accessible at your local supermarket! Even if it’s not for the anti-aging benefits, eating healthy should always be something to aim for.

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