If you currently go to my Bootcamp in Medford or Reading or just workout on your own, you are making a great step to health and longevity. Especially if you're over 40 and want to "stay young", the below 5 foods will help you stock up on some of the most powerful anti-aging nutrients around.

 

 

1.  Olive Oil – Not only do the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil support healthy arteries and a healthy heart, but olive oil also contains polyphenols, a potent anti-oxidant that may help prevent a number of age-related diseases.  Its recommended organic extra virgin olive oil for the most anti-aging bang for your buck.
 

2. Nuts – Nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral which aids in the production of the anti-oxidant glutathione to help slow down the skin aging process.  Just 2 nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium to reap its anti-aging benefits.

 

3.  Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels as you age.  Lycopene also acts as a natural sun block to keep skin youthful and protected from harmful UV rays.

 

4.  Raspberries & Blueberries – These two berries contain important anti-oxidants to help offset inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to skin aging and wrinkles.  Just one serving of either or these berries contains more anti-oxidants than 10 servings of most other fruits and vegetables!

 

5. Eggs – Despite the bad rap eggs get because of their cholesterol content, which from what I gather is based on completely erroneous science, eggs are rich in biotin and iron which help to promote healthy, youthful skin and hair.

 

Nutrition plays a huge role in how you look and feel. When you combine regular exercise with good nutrition you are helping yourself in the present as well as the future. Take mini steps by making goals to replace something not healthy with something from above. 

 

Written by     Dean Rafferty