NEW YORK – There are lots of tricks out there designed to make people look and feel younger. For example, one study showed that just the scent of grapefruit can actually prompt the male brain to believe that a woman is about five years younger than she actually is.
But there also are some supposedly real ways to impact how long you will live. By eating well and making smart choices, you can help slow the aging process. Typically, fruits and vegetables — packed with antioxidants — can help get rid of the free radicals from your skin that cause you to age prematurely. And, generally speaking, eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly can help you stay fit and live longer.
Studies show that a glass of pomegranate juice a day could keep the wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate has previously been linked to the prevention of heart disease and stress relief, but now researchers have found that the fruit juice also slows down the natural oxidation (“wear and tear”) of DNA.
Blueberries and blackberries and other berries are packed with antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to reduce the growth of certain cancers while also helping with brain function and muscle tone.
Green tea has all sorts of health benefitsincluding the ability to quell inflammation with its strong antioxidants. Chronic inflammation has a part in diabetes and other diseases. In addition, researchers have found that green tea can inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that might result from it.
Studies have shown that olive oil’s strong antioxidants may help prevent age-related diseases. In addition, the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete are attributed in large part to olive oil’s monounsaturated fats.
Many studies have illustrated the benefits ofvitamin C in boosting cell renewal. Indeed, vitamin C helps form collagen, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles
Studies have even shown that people who eatloads of fish live longer. One study of middle-aged American men found that those who ate fish two to three times per week boasted a 40 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not.
Orange veggies such as carrots, pumpkin and squash are packed with alpha-carotene. And studies show that people whose blood levels measured highest for alpha-carotene were least likely to die of cancer, heart disease or any other cause over an 18-year period.