Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Anti Aging Nutrition

The proper anti aging nutrition plan can drastically lessen the effects of the natural aging process. There are certain preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, memory loss, and other common conditions associated with older age.

This is our plan of attack to fight the effects of aging:

Eat Fiber Rich Foods !

Your anti aging nutrition plan must contain a healthy serving of fiber. You've probably heard this before, but it can never stressed enough. Fiber is essential to maintaining a healthy colon. It is recommended that you consume approximately thirty five grams per day. This will help you to avoid problems such as constipation, obesity, colon cancer, high blood sugar, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

An example of some high Fiber foods are whole grain breads, bran cereals, oat bran, wheat pasta, brown rice, fresh or dried fruits, berries, broccoli, spinach, peas, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Load Up On Antioxidants !

Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules also known as free radicals. It is believed that this cellular tissue damage may lead to cancer.

Which antioxidants to look for? Glad you asked.

  • Vitamin A is found in milk, carrots, sweet potatoes, liver, and egg yolks.
  • Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid is in orange juice, fruits, beef, and cereals.
  • Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, nuts, broccoli, mangos, and almonds.
  • Lycopene is a strong antioxidant found in tomatoes, apricots pink grapefruit, and watermelon.
  • Beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe, mangos, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Lutein is present in spinach and collard greens.

  • Eat More Fish!


    Fish is high in protein and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 3 is believed to help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death. The American Heart Association recommends that we should eat fish at least 2 times a week. Omega 3 is found in salmon, herring, anchovies, and tuna.

    Take Vitamin B, D, and K Supplements!

    Take extra Vitamin B such as folic acid, B6, and B12. These three vitamins reduce the amount of homocysteine in the bloodstream. High homocysteine levels are associated with heart disease. Vitamin D is well known to help the body absorb calcium. People who take more Vitamin D are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis. Research has determined that it also slows the effects of arthritis. Studies also show that Vitamin D reduces the severity of back pain. Vitamin K is known to regulate calcium throughout the body. Researchers have found that it helps to keep calcium out of the arteries, preventing arteriosclerosis.

    That's our ant aging nutrition plan in a nutshell. Good Luck!

    Don Yacono is the author of this article and webmaster at http://www.the-diet-and-nutrition-library.com

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