What’s the key to longevity, and looking and feeling fab over forty? Life-altering "superfoods" are the answer to warding off premature aging, disease, and more. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites, and interesting ways to prepare them.
Chocolate lovers rejoice in celebration! New research has shown that dark chocolate and its source, cacao, are packed with the anti-aging antioxidants needed to stay youthful. Cacao is one of the main sources for magnesium to balance brain chemistry and build strong bones. In addition, it contains sulfur to build strong nails, hair, and glowing skin, while detoxifying the liver. Make sure you purchase your dark chocolate with a minimum of 60 percent cacao to reap the fullest benefits. And this recipe for
Homemade Milano Cookies will decadently reward you.
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In general, tea is a great way to get your daily dose of age-fighting antioxidants, but one special component of green tea that gives it a leg up is ECGC or epigallocatechin gallate. ECGC has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells as well as served as a Chinese remedial cure for Sepsis. If you've tired of the traditional cup and saucer and need an alternative way to take your tea, why not give this recipe a try. Try these
Green Tea Cookies!
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Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids as well as high levels of potassium and vitamin C. They are a great anti-inflammatory and work wonders for fighting off this key driver of chronic diseases. In general, the richer, darker the color of the blueberry, the more antioxidants it is packing. Want to sweeten up this already scrumptious breakfast, snack, or desert treat? Try out this great recipe for
Berries & Cream.
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Beans are protein-rich, high antioxidant superfoods that make a great meat substitute. Sure beans are comparable to meat when it comes to calories, but they provide you with high fiber and water content that helps you cut your intake and trim your waist in the meantime. Need proof? In a recent study cited by Web MD, bean eaters weighed seven pounds less on average and have slimmer waists than their beanless counterparts. Try this
Edamame Bean Pecorino Cheese Salad for yourself!
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The omega-3s found in fish provide a plethora of benefits, from lowering heart disease to helping with arthritis and Alzheimer’s. You should aim to get in two to three servings a well from the wild (not farmed) fatty cold-water fish that carry the highest levels of this vital nutrient.
Here's a wonderfully delicious way to get your omega-3s.
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