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The secret to looking and feeling younger could be held in the food that you eat. Here are our top five anti-aging foods that will keep every little bit of you looking youthful and healthy…

Skin
Wild Salmon: Packed with a particular kind of fat (known as youth boosting omega-3s) that has the most powerful health benefits of any fish, anywhere, Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. These special fats help improve collagen, assist with protecting skin cells from the sun’s harmful rays and reduce inflammation, all of which help keep mind, skin and body looking and feeling young.

Heart
Dark Chocolate: We’re not talking about the kind that’s packed full of sugar and dairy and is often found next to tills in supermarkets. No. The chocolate that is good for you needs to be very dark and at least 70% cocoa (this will be labeled on the packet). This latter form of chocolate is full of flavanoids (also found in tea), which help maintain a healthy heart and helps shield the body from toxins, which in turn, promotes healthy blood flow and therefore a younger, happier bod!

All Over
Avocados: Often avoided out of fear for their fat content Avocados are actually an amazingly healthy food and one of nature’s gifts to us to keep us looking young. Yes they are high in fat but it is largely mono-unsaturated fat, particularly omega-9, which actually lowers cholesterol, and reduces the risk of cancer and diabetes. Their other great health benefit? Promoting beautiful eyes, hair and skin. This is due to their lutein content, which is an antioxidant that also reduces cholesterol absorption.

Brain
Blueberries: When it comes to ORAC (a rating system for antioxidant power) values, blueberries are the highest-scoring fruit of all time. These little blue balls of joy are brilliant for maintaining memory function in both the brain and muscles. Due to their high levels of antioxidants, blueberries actually help the neurons in the brain to communicate with one another effectively.

Body
Cinnamon: Recently applauded for its ability to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, cinnamon is also fantastic for the metabolism. It contains newly-identified phytochemicals called chalone polymers that increase glucose metabolism in the cells by at least twenty times of one’s normal rate. It is also incredibly anti-inflammatory and and can help alleviate pain in muscles and stiffness in joints so is great friend to those who want to keep their bodies as healthy and as youthful as can be.

 

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