The top 10 anti-aging superfoods

Rejuvenate your diet with these healthy choices.

By Dr. Joey Shulman DC, RNCP

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From skin care to workouts, many of us will do whatever it takes to look and feel our best at any age.

Research shows that certain foods can help to dramatically reduce free radical damage (cellular damage) and slow the aging process. These "superfoods" pack a powerful nutritional punch and have a high anti-oxidant capacity.

In general, superfoods are whole foods that have not been refined, processed or preserved. Here are the top 10 anti-aging superfoods that can boost your health and reduce the impacts of aging.

1. Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans are great on their own or as tasty additions to salads, yogurt and stir-fry recipes. Walnuts are especially high in desirable omega 3 fats. In fact, ¼ cup of walnuts contains just 163 calories and 2.3 grams of omega 3 fats – that's 91 per cent of your daily recommended intake for omega 3 fat. Walnuts are also rich in monounsaturated fat, which improves cardiovascular health. In general, 10-15 raw unsalted nuts each day will provide you with the health benefits without going overboard on fat and calories.

2. Berries
From the acai berry to blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries – all berries contain very powerful plant nutrients called flavonoids that have been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-aging effects.

3. Green vegetables
Green veg offers an abundant amount of phytochemicals – plant chemicals that protect against a variety of disease processes. Plus, broccoli, spinach and kale are all nutritional superstars that are loaded with fibre, calcium and vitamin E.

4. Green tea
Green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols. These compounds work in your body with other chemicals to heighten levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis (a state created in the body by burning fat as fuel). Aim for three cups a day if you're trying to lose weight. Green tea has also been shown to be a preventative against cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol.

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