The top anti-aging foods

Certain foods have real anti-aging benefits. Find out why and what your anti-aging plate essentials are.

It is normal to age but aging is accelerated by stress, pollution, lack of physical activity, dietary errors … It is possible to act on factors to slow down aging and age well. Nutrition in particular has a very important impact on the biological processes linked to aging.

One of the main causes of aging premature is a diet too rich in sugar and quickly processed foods in blood sugars such as bread, potatoes, industrial fruit juices … Too high levels of sugar in the blood promote the production of pro-inflammatory substances. Sugar attaches to proteins and this reaction between proteins and sugar caramelizes the tissues: this is called la glycation. Glycation is a phenomenon that promotes premature aging.

The oxidative stress linked to free radicals is also an accelerating factor in aging. Tobacco, stress, excess solar radiation, pollution, a poor diet promote oxidative stress.

Certain foods protect us against aging. These are foods rich in vitamins and antioxidant trace elements (vitamins C, A, E, zinc, selenium …) that counter free radicals, those rich in protective omega-3 fatty acids which protect among other things the membranes of cells , those containing polyphenols (flavonoids, tannins) which also fight against the excess of free radicals. Discover the best anti-aging foods.

Sources :

  • Dr Hervé Grosgogeat, My anti-aging promise, Editions Odile Jacob, 2011.
  • Marie Laure André, Stéphanie de Turckheim, The anti-aging plate: Practical guide and healthy recipes to fight against aging, Practical Hachette Editions, 2018.

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2/9 – Oysters
Oysters like other seafood are anti-aging foods thanks to their content of zinc and selenium, two antioxidant trace elements. These activate an anti-free radical enzyme present in the body. They thus actively protect the membranes of our cells.

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3/9 – Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of the best anti-aging foods thanks to their high content in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Be aware that cooked, canned or tomatoes in tomato sauce contain 4 to 5 times more lycopene than raw foods.

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4/9 – Tea
The tea has an anti-aging action thanks to its catechins which include tannins. These polyphenols, which are also found in raspberries, walnuts, blackberries, crucifers, chocolate, and especially in wine, slow down aging by opposing the degradation of collagen fibers.

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5/9 – Apricot
Apricots are an important source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant. They also provide a wide range of trace elements in smaller quantities: copper, zinc, iron … Namely: the darker they are, the richer they are in beta-carotene. You can combine it in salads with fruits rich in vitamin C (kiwi, orange) and vitamin E (walnut, hazelnut), anti-oxidant vitamins, for a superior anti-aging effect.

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6/9 – Broccoli
Broccoli contains the main anti-aging nutrients (vitamins A, C and E, selenium) as well as minerals. Do not overcook the broccoli. Slightly crunchy, they retain their vitamins and minerals and their flavors better.

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7/9 – The grenade
The antioxidants in pomegranate act as a natural anti-aging agent. The pomegranate is a mine of antioxidant substances: it contains large amounts of polyphenols, in particular highly protective punicalagins. These antioxidants are combined with other nutrients including vitamins C and A which combine to further enhance the protective effect of this fruit.

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8/9 – Rapeseed oil
Omega-3 fatty acids including rapeseed oil are protectors. These essential polyunsaturated fats (and not manufactured by our body) protect the membranes of our cells. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are nuts, oily fish, seaweed, flax and chia seeds.

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9/9 – Onion
Onion contains many antioxidant substances including quercetin with strong antioxidant power. Note: red onions are the richest in antioxidant substances, followed by yellow onions then white onions.

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