Saturday, August 23, 2008

Food to Stay Young

Stay young is beautiful. This is the natural and simple way to get healthy. Everyday foods that everybody loves and be sure to add this on your shopping list.

Protect Your Heart Like The Mediterraneans
Just three months of Mediterranean-style eating in one recent study improved blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol in people at high risk of heart disease. Olive Oil, leafy greens, nuts, tomatoes and red wine are just a few common ingredients in Mediterranean food that are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins that keep you looking good from the inside out

Citrus Magic
An apple keeps the doctor away, but an orange a day may keep fine lines and flaky skin at bay. Researchers discovered that women 40 and older who had great amounts of C were 11% less likely to develop wrinkles. The recommended dosage amount is 75 milligrams, which is the equivalent of a glass of grapefruit juice.

Eat More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Don't just slap anything with fins onto your plate: You want fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and lake trout. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which many studies show help prevent sudden death from heart attack. Omega-3s may also help ward off depression, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness—and maybe some cancers. For better skin take 1,000 mg of omega-3 oils a day—this is also the recommended dosage to keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Milk Really Does A Body Good
Caffeine and alcohol have both been shown to limit calcium absorption and increase osteoporosis risk. Stick to one alcoholic beverage a day and curb your soda habit. If you can't live without your cup of morning Joe, then drink it with milk: 1 teaspoon per cup offsets the calcium loss.

Nature's Umbrella
Applying a smear of an extract found in broccoli sprouts to skin reduced inflammation and redness by nearly 40%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Once stimulated, the mechanism works for days, long after the extract is washed away. Keep an eye out for topical broccoli-based sun-protective products, which are in development.

Health’s A Bowl of Cherries
A 90-calorie cup of Bing cherries has more antioxidants than a small piece of dark chocolate or 3 ounces of almonds. They may also help prevent the risk of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, as well as heart disease and cancer, and are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C and cholesterol-lowering fiber. Pick mahogany-colored Bings with firm, smooth skin and attached stems for the longest fridge life.