By paying attention to what you eat, you will add some extra years to your life even though none of us will live forever on this earth. Check out the eight foods listed below that will help you live longer in order to maximize your longevity and boosting the quality of your life.
Good news for chocoholics: you can live longer with chocolate! Cocoa beans are filled with antioxidants that studies have discovered can help minimize the risk of heart disease, the Western world's greatest killer.
This may be why Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived for a total of 122 years and 164 days, put her good health down to her daily intake of chocolate (the longest confirmed age of any human being ever). However, it's worth keeping in mind that one square a day is enough to improve your wellbeing before you go stocking up on chocolate bars. Also, make sure that you go for more than 70% of the cocoa bars containing more flavonoids and less sugar.
2. Oily Fish
In Japan, people have the world's longest life expectancy, which may be attributed to their typical diet that is rich in fish. Not only does it reduce the risk of many of the health issues associated with red meat, such as heart disease, by opting for fish over meat, but oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are recognised for their health benefits. A good source of vitamins A and D that are good for the immune system is oily fish.
They are high in omega-3 fatty acids that have been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and brain injury. Scientists have also found that the secret to battling Alzheimer's is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in fish: DHA slows down the development of Alzheimer's disease, making it the key ingredient for a healthy brain and, eventually, a safe lifestyle as well.
3. Green Tea
Green tea has an incredible variety of health benefits, helping to enhance cardiovascular health, control blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and lower cholesterol, another staple of the Japanese diet. Studies have also proposed that drinking green tea will help reduce the cancer risk, and is rich in health-boosting flavonoids.
Test results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association seem to support these health arguments, as the Japanese study of more than 40,000 participants found that over the course of 11 years, those who drank five or more cups of green tea a day had a death risk that was 16% lower than those who drank one cup.
4. Olive Oil
In an attempt to remain lean and safe, many of us stay away from fats and oils; but 'good' monounsaturated fats, which are found in olive oil, are actually important for good health. Studies have found that daily consumption of olive oil, due to its high content of micronutrients called phenols, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, can help minimize the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Oil is also a staple of the balanced diet of the Mediterranean, which studies say will help you live longer. Research has found that there is a 20 percent higher likelihood of living longer among those who adopt this eating plan, with an overall average of two to three years.
There seems to be more and more evidence that of the many compounds present in garlic, 10 of them help battle cancer. Garlic also produces immune-enhancing compounds that aid in breaking down cancer-causing substances. For example, dialyl sulphide, a garlic ingredient, is known for its ability to break down carcinogens in the body that, if they were not killed, may have contributed to cancer.
People who regularly consume garlic face half the risk of stomach cancer than those who eat little to no garlic, according to studies.
Listing the many health benefits of cranberries will take a long time, but in short, when it comes to our health, this tiny fruit is a life-saver (literally). Indeed, as well as being jam-packed full of phytonutrients, the little cranberry is full of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immune boosting properties. The more phytonutrients we have in our body, the more defenses we have. In addition, the phytochemicals present in red fruits and berries assist in the fight against molecules that cause cancer.
Researchers studied cranberry extracts on human breast cancer cells in a study performed by Cornell University and found that many of the same breast cancer cells had started to die over the course of four hours. So they not only taste great, but these little red gems make every diet a powerful addition.
7. The Coffee Bean
A research by Scranton University found that heart disease can be avoided by the flavonoids present in coffee. "Dr. Joe Vinson, the professor who directed the experiment, explains that "antioxidants are your army to shield you from the dangerous free radicals that cause chronic diseases that come from breathing oxygen and consuming sugar.
In coffee, antioxidants prevent life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. However, it's worth keeping in mind that caffeine enhances the blood pressure, so it's better to opt for decaf if you're drinking a significant volume, which provides the same amount of antioxidant properties as standard coffee. So let's lift our warm coffee mugs to the savoury way of fitness, happiness, and fighting horrible diseases. Here's to a better life!
8. Brightly Coloured Fruit & Vegetables
Research shows that, because of the nutrients they provide, those who consume more fruit and vegetables appear to live longer than those who don't. While all fruit and veg are good for you, brightly colored items are especially beneficial because cancer can also be prevented by the natural pigments that give them their color.
The Okinawans, reputed to have the longest life expectancy in the world and who have low rates of heart disease and cancer, have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, especially dark green and yellow varieties. The Okinawan diet, in particular, contains large amounts of sweet potatoes, replacing this vivid veg with the typical Japanese staple of rice.
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