Pack your diet with color for anti aging health

Packed with antioxidants for anti aging healthFor energy, fitness and all round anti aging health you need color in your diet.

They don’t just look good on the plate – colorful foods do you good as well. Colorful food is good for you because each different color in the food relates to a different phytonutrient. Phytonutrients are simply nutrients derived from plants and different phytonutrients have different health and anti aging benefits.

A high level of antioxidants is the key to great anti aging nutrition. The best way to put together an antioxidant rich diet is to think primary colors when you shop for your fruit and vegetables. The more colorful and vibrant the better.

You probably already know that green veggies are important for your health. But you may not realize just how packed with good things leafy greens are. Green foods are full of chlorophyll and magnesium which is vital for the nerves, muscles and for balancing hormones.

Yellow foods such as sweetcorn and yellow bell peppers are rich in carotenoids – powerful antioxidants that protect you from damaging free radicals.

Mustard and the yellow spice turmeric are both rich in the pigment curcumin which is an especially powerful phytonutrient known to fight cancer and to reduce inflamation. Inflammation is the most common cause of some of the worst diseases associated with aging.

Not only that but inflammation is cited by skin experts and dermatologists as the major factor in skin aging. Packing your diet with natural anti inflammatories like phytonutrients is important in keeping your youthful looks for longer.

Orange and red foods often derive their color from carotenoids such as beta carotene. Tomatoes and watermelon are rich in another carotenoid called lycopene. All these carotenoids are extremely strong antioxidants which fight skin aging and help to keep you looking younger and in the best of health.

Best sources of carotenoids are foods such as apricots, peaches, melons, watermelon, papaya, mango, carrots and tomatoes.

Beetroot, red grapes and berries get their red, blue and purple hues from a group of phytonutrients called flavonoids – hugely powerful antioxidants – some of them much more powerful than vitamin C.

Among the most powerful flavonoids are anthocyanidins which give the purple color to blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, acai berries and red grapes.

All these important phytonutrients each have a different role in the body and work together to keep you healthy.

So to be healthy and look younger as you get older – eat your way through a rainbow every day.

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  1. Having skincare products on hand is certainly a big help in slowing down the aging process; however we tend to forget that we are what we eat. Ageing gracefully is a process of good eating habits and hydrating. Of course getting plenty of sleep should not be forgotten as well.

    • Rodney – thanks for the comment – you’re so right food is such an important part of looking good as you get older. Great skin care alone or any other anti aging treatment just won’t do it!

  2. michael C Mortensen says:

    I’m interested in finding the best supplements and food for anti aging. I,m 55, 5′-8″ tall , 180 lbs. 33″ waist line. I don’t want to lost my muscle tone. I do work out with steel weights but it seems very hard to get rid of the love handles and a little bit of a gut. If I could get rid of it I wouldn’t have a problem walking around with my shirt off. but my body just isn’t perfect at those areas.I don’t smoke or drink and I’ve been drinking only water and orange juice. So I don’t take your information for granted. I have a construction company and some people think that i just do labor work. Any way I appreciate your help. If you need any tips about a more efficient home let me know. the home needs to flow .Thank you, from League City Texas

    • Michael – thanks for your comments – sounds like you’re doing a lot of the right things already so the more colorful fruit and veg you can add the better. One thing that is good for stomach flab is green tea – I have a great article all about it on this site. You can get great mixes now if you don’t like the taste freshly brewed. According to a recent article in MensHealth.com the best bottled green tea (most catechins) is Honest Tea’s Green Tea With Honey – they list supermarkets that stock it on their website. Hope that helps!

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