It’s good to know that there are some natural dietary substances that can prevent and forestall aging as you go through life. Obviously this does not imply that you will live forever, but you certainly will live healthier by dealing or even avoiding most age-related problems.
Fruits and vegetables of all kinds are packed with many known and unknown antioxidants. To derive maximum benefit, eat them in their whole, original form, preferably raw. However, vegetables can be lightly cooked as cooking boosts up the absorption of beta – carotene.
It has been learnt that, comparatively obese vegetarians who smoke are less prone towards early death than obese meat-eaters who smoke. Vegetarian women have less chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer because they have lower estrogen levels as compared with meat-eaters. High estrogen levels promote breast and ovarian cancers.
Remember eating more fruits and vegetables is an anti-aging solution. You have a stronger immune system, the antioxidants in the blood stream ward off chronic diseases and fewer calories are consumed as fruits and vegetables are low in fat.
Beneficial Fruits and vegetables
Cabbage: Contains potent antioxidants activity, which is specifically known to prevent breast cancer. Cabbage proves most beneficial when eaten raw or very lightly cooked (Preferably stir-fried or steamed)
Packed with beta – carotene they are good for the eyesight and help in lowering blood cholesterol. The orange pigment in carrots boosts the immune system and helps fight disease. One cup of carrot juice daily reduces the risk of lung cancer even amongst smokers.
Contain a wide range of antioxidants, which help fight cancer and in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. So have lots of oranges, though avoid tinned juice and go in for fresh juice.
Prevent formation of clots in arteries. A glass of purple grape juice daily is very beneficial.
Being full of antioxidants, they prevent clotting in the arteries and raise the ‘good’ cholesterol levels. The antioxidants present in onions inactive the cancer causing agents.
Cuts the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, cataract and senility, so eat plenty of spinach (Palak)
Due to potent antioxidant lycopene which they contain, tomatoes are known to prevent cancer of the oesophagus, stomach and colon. The good news being that cooking and canning does not destroy lycopene, which means that tomato juice, tomato sauce and tomato gravies are all easy preserves of youth.
As fruits and vegetables have healing powers, do have plenty of them.
Changing your eating habits does not mean that you have to follow any complicated diet plans. Follow a simple dietary approach. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Substitute the split grains with whole grains. Avoid red meat and prefer white meat instead. Besides your diet. There are some non-dietary factors also that influence the ageing process. But what you eat counts the most.