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Foods That Prevent Ageing

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Apples, Cabbage, Cherries, Garlic & Grapes All Prevent Ageing

Apples help prevent ageing by working to lower bad cholesterol levels, as well as in reducing blood pressure. Apples have also been shown in studies to be beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels.

Cabbage helps prevent ageing by boosting the body’s defenses against certain types of cancer. Other members of the Cabbage Family work in the same way and include: brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli – the broom of the gut.

Cherries help prevent ageing by boosting the body’s defenses against certain types of cancer.

Garlic works to lower blood pressure, as well as bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol levels. Garlic also holds immunity-boosting powers.

Grapes help prevent ageing by boosting the body’s defenses against certain types of cancer.

Green Tea & Healthy Cooking Oils for Preventing Ageing Process

Green Tea is such a remarkable drink to add to the daily diet whether one is concerned about ageing, or not. It hold significant anti-oxidant powers and may fight against certain cancers making it a super food.

Healthy oils include olive oil for salads and sautéing needs, and fish which contain healthy omega 3’s which have been proven to fight cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, clot formations, inflammatory diseases, and in some skin conditions such as psoriasis.

The FDA warns that nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. Even though this is generally not a health concern in most individuals, some types of fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury than others, so intake of certain species should be limited, particularly by women trying to get pregnant, who are pregnant, who are nursing, and by young children. Here are the FDA’s rules of thumb for fish consumption for these individuals.

Avoid Larger Fish

1. Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

2. Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.

Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (" white" ) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

3. Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during that week. Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions.

Peppers, Soy, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Citrus Fruits & Yogurt for Age-Fighting Properties

Peppers were at one time believed to be a danger to the stomach and digestive system. Many myths have been spun over the potential health effects of pepper, but time has shown that peppers are friends to the digestive system rather than foe. Peppers act as a stimulate to the digestive system and may even help to protect against some diseases.

Soy products including soy milk, soy flour, soy beans and tofu which are hearty sources of calcium and genistein which have been proven to help fight and protect against certain cancers.

Strawberries help prevent ageing by boosting the body’s defenses against certain types of cancer.

Tomatoes – once considered to be poison in the Diet Stone-Age, but over time man discovered the healthy worthiness of this red fruit of the vine. Tomatoes contain lycopene and coumaric acid which protect and flush out harmful carcinogens in the body. Toss a handful into your next salad and reap the healthy rewards.

Want to stimulate a team of cancer-fighting cells? Then incorporate the Citrus Family into your daily diet. Another health bonus is that members of the Citrus Family help prevent ageing. Limes, lemons, grapefruit and oranges are also packed with Vitamin C – yet one more reason to get a little wild with Citrus! Vitamin C is also plentiful in guavas and are also one of the foods that help prevent ageing.

Yellow Fruits & Yellow Vegetables – Rich in Vitamin C, beta carotene and digestive enzymes.

Yogurt – We recommend skim varieties which contain less fat and fewer calories - and MORE calcium. The sugar free varieties will cut calories further still. Yogurt contains healthy live bacteria which help stabilize some infections and also aids in digestion. Calcium is an additional health benefit of yogurt and will help keep bones strong.

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