Tag: antioxidants

Health Hack: Plant a Fig Tree

My fig tree is two years old and I have an abundant harvest this year. The mockingbirds and I share them. LOL. Figs have incredible benefits. Check out the following benefits from eating figs.

Compared to other foods, figs were found to be one of the densest in phenolic antioxidants and nutrients, mostly fiber, in a study on the amount and quality of phenol antioxidants in dried and fresh fruits. . . . Figs are dense in phenol antioxidants and nutrients, especially fiber. They’re potent antioxidants.

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Longevity Hack: Eat Your Way to A Longer Life

The mitochondrial theory of aging suggests that free radical damage to our cells’ power source (mitochondria) leads to a loss of cellular energy and function over time. According to the theory, the resulting cellular damage is what essentially causes aging. Aging and disease have been thought of as the oxidation of the body, but eating antioxidant-rich foods may slow down this oxidant process. On average, plant foods may contain 64 times more antioxidants than animal foods. Including a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices each meal continuously floods our body with antioxidants to help ward off stroke and other age-related diseases.

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Health Hack: Simplify Eating for Good Health

Did You Know You Can Give Your Health a Boost by Choosing The Right Foods?

Eat your antioxidants

While a healthy diet does wonders for your entire body, fruits and veggies that contain antioxidants like vitamins B and E are particularly great for skin. “Antioxidants help protect skin against free radicals in the environment, which are damaging to skin cells,” . . . “They work to prevent free radicals from breaking down the skin’s elastin and collagen, resulting in more youthful, healthier skin.” For vitamins B6 and B12 fill your plate with fish and poultry. Vegetarians can get vitamin B6 through chickpeas which contain 55% of your DV in just one cup. And wheat germ oil (100% DV), sunflower seeds (37% DV), and almonds (34% DV) are all terrific sources of vitamin E. 

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Longevity Tip ~ #8 of 10 Anti-Aging Foods

Spinach

This leafy green is a true nutrient powerhouse — and it’s easy to add to foods like scrambled eggs, pasta, as the base of a salad, or even smoothies. Spinach is rich in lutein, which has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Eating spinach (or including it in your morning green juice) will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. And hydrated skin looks younger.

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Longevity Tip ~ #6 of 10 Anti-Aging Foods

Coffee

Coffee gets a bad rap, but it’s not as bad as you might think. The problem is what you put in your coffee — cream and sugar. Some data suggests coffee drinkers have less of a chance of dying from heart disease. Need another reason to enjoy a cup of joe? It may also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, the caffeine and antioxidants found in coffee help your body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.

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Healthy Living ~ Loving My Coffee

Health benefits associated with coffee consumption

Researchers have found a myriad of instances when a coffee habit may have some protective health benefits. Aside from the caffeine giving you an early-morning energy buzz, [coffee’s] high levels of antioxidants can help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals, as well as fight off disease. The list of potential diseases and conditions that are less common in coffee drinkers is long. Caffeinated coffee is associated with lowering the risks for certain cancers and liver disease. . . . Daily consumption of three cups of coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, was associated with a 17 lower risk for all-cause mortality compared to no coffee intake. Caffeinated coffee also conveyed lower risks for cardiovascular disease and stroke with the highest benefits being seen in those consuming between three to five cups per day.

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Healthy Living: 12th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Pomegranate

The antioxidants in pomegranate show some promise in warding off several types of cancer — possibly packing a more protective punch than red wine or green tea, according to some research. Scientists say that pomegranate may also inhibit the formation of cancer in skin cells.

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Healthy Living: 11th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Green Tea

The catechins found in green tea are powerful antioxidants that can protect your skin against sun damage and reduce redness as well as improve its hydration, thickness and elasticity.

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Healthy Living: 10th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Dark Chocolate

Cocoa contains antioxidants that may protect your skin against sunburn. These antioxidants may also improve wrinkles, skin thickness, hydration, blood flow and skin texture.

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Healthy Living ~ 6th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Red or Yellow Bell Peppers

Bell peppers contain plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin C — both of which are important antioxidants for your skin. Vitamin C is also necessary to create collagen, the structural protein that keeps your skin strong.

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