The right foods have the amazing ability to prevent all types of illnesses. You could also consume them to delay the process of aging, as well as the appearance of wrinkles.
The secret is to consume foods that combat inflammation, are easy to digest and are rich in antioxidants. Anti-aging foods are full of antioxidants like vegetables, combat cellular damage by fighting free radicals in the body and prevent inflammation.
Free radicals are defined as unstable oxygen molecules synthesized by the body when it is experiencing stress or when it is exposed to the sun or pesticides. In skin cells, free radicals cause collagen breakdown which eventually results to the formation of wrinkles.
Foods to Avoid
Anything that is deep-fried can promote inflammation in the body. In particular, stay away from trans fats as they can reduce your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and increase your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which raises your risk of developing heart diseases. Make sure to check out the food labels on crackers and food items and stay away from “vegetable shortening” and “partially hydrogenated oils”. These items are loaded with sugar and may cause the premature development of wrinkles.
Processed meat items are commonly loaded with nitrates and saturated fats, both of which can promote inflammation. While drinking in moderation may be excellent for your heart, heavy drinking can boost the process of aging. Moderate implies having 2 drinks for males and one drink for females per day.
Foods to Eat
On the other hand, there are certain types of food known to have remarkable anti-aging benefits. Below are some examples of mouth-watering, anti-aging recipes that can slash years off your face and pounds from your waist:
Anti-aging Recipe No.1: Buckwheat Pancakes Served with Blueberry Compote
Buckwheat aids in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure because of its abundant supply of rutin, an antioxidant phytonutrient. Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants. This recipe yields 8 servings.
For the Pancakes:
- Coconut oil (for frying)
- 250 ml almond or rice milk
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 1 piece organic egg
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
For the Cashew Nut Cream
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 120 ml filtered water
- 150 grams raw cashew nuts
For the Blueberry Compote
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 2 tablespoons filtered water
- 150 grams fresh blueberries
- In a big jug, combine baking powder and flour. Mix in the milk, stevia and milk.
- Remove lumps by thoroughly whisking the mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine all the compote ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes with stirring. Keep the mixture warm while preparing the pancakes.
- To prepare the cashew nut cream, blend vanilla, stevia, water and nuts in a food processor until creamy.
- In a frying pan, add a few drops of coconut oil and set over high heat. Add in about 1/8 of the mixture then swirl to make a thin layer. Slightly reduce the heat and when the pancake’s underside is browned, flip it over to cook the other side.
- Serve the pancakes with cashew nut cream and blueberry compote.
Anti-Aging Recipe No. 2: Crust-less Quiche
Eggs are packed with choline, an anti-inflammatory compound that boosts brain function and vitamin E, which safeguards the body against the harmful effects of free radicals. This recipe yields 4 servings.
- ½ cups sautéed sliced mixed veggies
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 125 ml almond milk
- 8 organic eggs
- 75 grams sautéed bacon (chopped)
- ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a round pie dish.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add the almond milk, yeast flakes and salt.
- Scatter the bacon pieces and vegetables in the greased pie dish and pour the egg mixture over it.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until the quiche is set.
Anti-aging Recipe No. 3: Super Muesli
Almonds reduce the chances of heart ailments. The seeds are excellent sources of beneficial fats. This recipe serves 2.
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 apple (grated)
- ½ cup quinoa or buckwheat puffs
- ½ cup LSA mix
- ½ cup almonds (soaked overnight)
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- Goji berries, coconut flakes, almond milk (optional)
- Combine puffs, LSA, almonds, sunflower seeds and pepitas together and then divide into 2 bowls. Combine apple in each bowl and pour in lemon juice to taste.
- Pour in almond milk then top with Goji berries and coconut flakes if using.
Your diet can have a significant impact on how you age. The main components of a balanced, anti-aging diet are not too surprising: a wide range of vegetables and fruits, a small amount of healthy fats and some protein. There are certain types of food that exhibit considerable anti-aging properties and you can easily incorporate them into your diet by trying the offered recipes.