Anti-Aging Foods!

table of delicious anti-aging foods

Anti-aging foods are those which help cells repair and replace themselves. These are foods rich in antioxidants and/or have anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are molecules capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Probably the most popular of the antioxidants are Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A is found in abundance in carrots, broccoli, potatoes, and spinach. For example 50 grams of raw spinach (medium size salad) contains 94% of your Vitamin A needs. Citrus fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C. One orange contains 138% of the average persons daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin E is contained in the nuts and seeds, particularly sunflower seeds.

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Here is a more complete list of Vitamin A, C, and E rich foods. (courtesy of wikipedia)

Vitamin A, retinol, protects dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits from solar radiation damage, and is thought to play a similar role in people. Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots are very rich sources of beta-carotene, another antioxidant.

Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, sources include citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, black currants, strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin E, tocopherol, sources include wheat germ, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables and vegetable oil.

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