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Antioxidants : Why Are They So Important to Anti-Aging?

Making sure we get plenty of antioxidants can totally slow down the signs of aging. Not only do they slow down the rate of aging, but they also slow down the common degenerative processes. You can live a longer and healthier life by making sure you get plenty of antioxidants.

Here are some other things you can do to stay young and healthy :

  • Minimize your exposure to free radicals, such as toxins, pollutants, heavy metals and preservatives.
  • Eat a wide variety of fresh foods, which are a natural protective and reduce harmful toxins.
  • Eat more pigments.  Fruits, along with their skins, are full of antioxidants.  Try blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.  Don’t forget to eat plenty of vegetables like kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli florets and red bell peppers.
  • Infants and immature digestive systems need simple carbohydrates such as fruit juice.  Avoid empty calories such as sugar, flour and white rice.
  • Look for antioxidants in vitamins and food supplements.  Grape seed extract and grape skins are packed full of antioxidants.  Red wine is also full of antioxidants, but don’t drink more than one glass a day.
  • Minimize your exposure to ionizing radiation, such as sunlight, sun lamps, tanning beds and x-ray machines.  Too much ionizing radiation will cause DNA mutations and are the basis for new cancer cells.

antioxidantes

Each nutritionist and specialist has a different idea of what they consider to be super foods, packed full of antioxidants:

  • Acai Fruit
  • Allium Family (garlic, onion, leeks and chives)
  • Barley
  • Green foods (blue green algae, barley grass and wheat grass)
  • Buckwheat seed
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Hot peppers
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Yogurt and Kefir

Also, don’t forget about the supplements, foods and other things to stay healthy:

  • blueberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, acai berry and other antioxidant foods
  • red wine or dark grape juice
  • cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, rosemary and ginger
  • beans, brown rice, whole grain pasta and breads
  • Omega-3 Fatty acids, such as flaxseeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, salmon, olive oil and other foods.
  • 1,000 units of Vitamin D
  • 600 mg of calcium, 20 mg of magnesium twice a day
  • DHA Omega-3 (600 mg)
  • Take 2 baby aspirin a day
  • Take a multivitamin daily

Other things you can do to stay young and healthy:

  • Brush your teeth and floss twice a day
  • Do plenty of cardio and strength training exercises at least four or five days per week
  • Don’t forget to stay flexible and do plenty of flexibility exercises
  • Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep
  • Meditate for at least five to ten minutes a day

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