Anti-Aging Foods 101

Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RN

The possibility of living a long and healthy life in the 21st century is a reality. By the calculations of some experts, the average life span in the near future will be an impressive 120.

Of course, a healthy diet is really important when it comes to longevity, especially one that is rich in antioxidants.

Below, we’ll serve up four anti-aging foods that you should definitely be paying attention to if living a long, healthy life is your goal.

Anti-Aging Food: Cold-Water Fish

Cells have a way of "telling time" through telomeres, which are protective fragments of DNA which cap the ends of chromosomes. Research shows longer telomeres are correlated with a longer life span.

In one study, scientists found an association between longer telomere length and higher blood omega-3 levels.1 Cold-water fish are a rich source of omega-3s.

Anti-Aging Food: Grapes

The skin of grapes contain resveratrol, an antioxidant which has been shown to prolong the life span of rodents and yeast.2

Resveratrol turns on a set of longevity genes (sirtuins) that are normally activated during periods of famine and stress.

A cup of red grapes provides about 1 mg of resveratrol per serving, and a liter of red wine may contain only 13 mg.3 Higher doses can be found in resveratrol supplements.

Anti-Aging Food: Açaí berries

Don’t discount açaí berry as a food trend - they contain one of the highest ORAC scores (a measurement of antioxidant activity) known.

A study examined the effects of açaí berries on the life span of flies. Flies fed a high fat diet combined with açaí berry lived longer than the non-supplemented group.4

Note that it’s difficult to find fresh açaí berries at supermarkets. Luckily, the freeze-dried varieties retain most of their antioxidants and can be found easily.

Anti-Aging Food: Blueberries

Blueberries also demonstrate high ORAC scores. A study on roundworms showed that animals given blueberry extract lived longer and aged at a slower pace.5

In a different study, fruit flies lived 10% longer on average when fed a diet containing blueberry extract, showing the widespread benefits of blueberries across different species.6


What About You?

Did we miss one of your favorite anti-aging foods? Tell us which food and why in the comments!

References:

  1. JAMA. 2010 Jan 20;303(3):250-7. 
  2. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Oct-Dec;1799(10-12):740-9. 
  3. Available at: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/resveratrol/. Accessed February 6, 2015. 
  4. Exp Gerontol. 2010 Mar;45(3):243-51. Epub 2010 Jan 18. 
  5. Aging Cell. 2006 Feb;5(1):59-68. 
  6. Exp Gerontol.2012 Feb;47(2):170-8.

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27 comments :

Jackie said...

My favorite anti aging foods are leafy greens like spinach. They have been known to be antioxidants and also decrease the risk of cancer. Salmon is also very good for your skin; I can only recommend wild salmon though not farm raised.

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Jackie - Thanks for your input!

Melanie said...

Green tea. ;) Mel at eyecreamasvisor

Hannah Do said...

How about including some Vitamin C foods like orange, kale, etc. It is one of the most essential nutrient for good health. Besides it has anti aging, anti wrinkle (skin) qualities.

Life Extension said...

Hannah Do- Good point! Vitamin C foods are great additions to a healthy diet. :)

Bill Waters said...

Nice list. I agree that foods with high Vitamin C should be on that list. My cousin grew up on oranges and she looks 15-20 years younger than everyone else. Don't know how much of that was the oranges, but I bet it contributed at least a little bit.

Life Extension said...

Bill Waters - Interesting! Vitamin C is very beneficial to our health. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Cathy said...

Wow!I too agree with the Green tea as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.Vitamin C rich foods like orange also adds an advantage to the skin.A healthy diet with good exercise gives a young body and mind :)

Life Extension said...

Cathy - Right on! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Annona said...

Its nice, can you write an article regarding vitamin C Serum? One of my friend told me its work great as a anti aging. Is that true?

Life Extension said...

Annona - Topical vitamin C has been shown to be very beneficial for our skin health. This article discusses topical vitamin C in detail: http://ow.ly/Ls8h305ja9m.

Mary B. said...

Anti-aging is popular nowadays :) as we have to take care of ourselves. Also there are lots anti-aging creams and foundations to make us younger...
The other popular skin care subject is acne. Maybe these foods are good for preventing acne? There also acne soaps for this problem.

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Mary B. - We appreciate your feedback. This may be beneficial: http://ow.ly/Wwhu307Pkut.

Abigail Crawford said...

I really love berries because it has Vitamin C and rich in anti oxidants which fights Anti-aging. My favorite kind of berry is strawberry and blueberry it is juicy and sweet. I also like to eat it in snack or breakfast.

Life Extension said...

Abigail Crawford - Excellent! Berries are nutritious & delicious!

Brian said...

Spinach is good for anti-aging,too. It's rich in lutein, which has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Eating spinach will also keep your skin healthy and hydrated. And hydrated skin looks younger.

Life Extension said...

Brian - Spinach does contain numerous nutrients that are great for our health!

Genesis Renew Reviews said...

Great Post! It is really useful Anti-Aging food list. Vitamin C is very beneficial to our health. I agree that foods with high Vitamin C should be on that list. Thanks for Sharing.

Life Extension said...

Genesis Renew Reviews - You're welcome! We're glad you enjoyed the post!

Julia Kruz said...

Many other foods great as well, such as broccoli etc. I guess ultimate anti-aging solution is just not to eat :)

Life Extension said...

Julia Kruz - ;) There are numerous foods with anti-aging properties.

Le Tang Minh said...

I think turmeric,pomegranate, tomatoes, melon, carrot, batata,cucumber are good too.

Metanoia said...

Oh, that's an interesting list, thanks! I know that these foods are very good for the body, for keeping it healthy and young but also it's not enough for really massive effect. I've read rather many books about healthy products and diets and as I understood the best way in this case is to become a vegetarian, only such diet provides the best effect for our body. And of course regular physical activity is very important too, I saw some people who used both these methods and they look really amazing even in their 50s and 60s! That's really an example which inspires me greatly too!

Life Extension said...

Jack - Thanks! We're glad you enjoyed the post!

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Le Tang Minh - Awesome! :)

Life Extension said...

Metanoia - Thank you for your feedback. While there are benefits to a vegetarian diet, vegetarians can get nutrient deficiencies. Here's more info: http://blog.lifeextension.com/2014/02/are-vegetarian-diets-healthy.html.

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