You are what you eat
(so avoid the wrinkled prunes!)
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is important for everyone, but here are 10 foods that could actually help you live longer.
We all know it tastes great but there’s more to it than that. For centuries different cultures have sworn by chocolate as a treatment for digestive issues, seizures, rheumatism, toothache and insomnia. And lately, there’s evidence of a link between chocolate consumption and reduced heart disease.
How many times were you told to eat your greens? Well when it comes to broccoli you should have listened. It’s packed with natural chemical compounds that help fight cancer, prevent heart disease, boost your immune system and improve your brain health.
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A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that people who ate a range of nuts daily decreased their risk of heart disease, cancer or other ailments by 20 per cent. No wonder you never see a squirrel with a walking frame.
It’s one of the great Aussie dilemmas – beetroot on your burger or not? The truth is beetroot is packed with an anti-inflammatory compound called Betaine and incorporating a couple of slices into your meal could help you live longer.
The benefits of including olive oil in your daily diet are well documented. It’s a deterrent for diabetes, a natural pain reliever, promotes longer lasting weight loss, and is linked to the prevention of cognitive decline.
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Apparently some people don’t like the taste, but fruit flies do. In a recent research study, fruit flies that were given cranberry extract lived 25 per cent longer than those that weren’t. Maybe it’s time to give these antioxidant rich jewels another chance?
One of the world’s most loved foods, salmon is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Tasty, versatile and easily available, it’s rich in Omega 3 and the good fats that help maintain heart and cognitive health and it can also help to reduce the risk of cancer.
A member of the onion family, garlic has been used for centuries as a treatment for infection, poor circulation and to help prevent cancer. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and whether eaten raw or cooked, can help you to live longer. And of course, you’ll never be bothered by vampires.
The lean, green, living longer machine. Asparagus is rich in the antioxidant Glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps destroy carcinogens. Eating asparagus could help protect you against bone, lung, breast and colon cancer.
The national dish of Korea, this fermented cabbage dish sounds awful, tastes great and contains healthy bacteria and probiotics that can help to lower cholesterol levels, prevent stomach cancer and slow down the aging process.
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